Latest Oddities News

Giant rotating ice disk draws attention, visitors

Jan. 16, 2019 3:12 AM EST

WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — Think of it as a crop circle, but in a river. A curious formation that's getting attention in Greater Portland is actually a spinning ice disk that is roughly 100 yards (91 meters) wide. The formation in the Presumpscot River was widely shared on social media and has drawn...

Silicon Valley landlord rents $1,500 studio to 2 cats

Jan. 15, 2019 10:14 PM EST

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Two cats are living large at a $1,500-a-month studio apartment their owner rents for them in Silicon Valley, where a housing shortage has sent rents skyrocketing. The Mercury News reports the 20-pound (9-kilogram) cats named Tina and Louise moved to the studio in San Jose after...

Rodeo Alaska cow evades capture wandering Anchorage trails

Jan. 15, 2019 3:10 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A rodeo cow named Betsy has evaded capture for six months as she wanders the trails of Alaska's biggest city, the cow's owner said. The 3-year-old cow "busted out" of a pen before participating in junior events at the Father's Day Rodeo in Anchorage, rodeo promoter Frank Koloski...

Chocolate spill creates sweet hot mess on Arizona highway

Jan. 15, 2019 1:50 PM EST

FLAGSSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in northern Arizona had a sweet hot mess on their hands after a tank trucker's trailer detached from the truck and rolled on its side on slick pavement, spilling a river of liquid chocolate onto westbound lanes of Interstate 40. The Arizona Daily Sun reports the wreck...

Connecticut soda maker pays tribute to government shutdown

Jan. 15, 2019 10:19 AM EST

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut soft drink maker known for its whimsical soda names is trying to make the bitter federal government shutdown a little sweeter. New Britain-based Avery's Beverages on Monday introduced its newest concoction, Shutdown Swill, and offered a free bottle to federal...

Scam LinkedIn account impersonated U. of Iowa president

Jan. 15, 2019 10:11 AM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A LinkedIn account that impersonated University of Iowa's president and privately asked people for money and financial information has been shut down. University spokeswoman Jeneane Beck says the account purporting to belong to UI President Bruce Harreld was a scam. She says the...

Michael Flynn, Sean Spicer become neighbors in Rhode Island

Jan. 14, 2019 5:36 PM EST

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (AP) — Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer has bought a house in Rhode Island, and his new neighbor is a familiar face from their days together in the Trump administration: former national security adviser Michael Flynn. The Newport Daily News, citing public records, reported...

Coyote in the bathroom! Critter runs into convention center

Jan. 14, 2019 3:50 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A coyote sprinted past a security checkpoint and into a Nashville convention center where a boat show was packing up Sunday night. According to the Music City Center, at around 10:20 p.m. the coyote entered through a loading area and ran into an exhibit hall before staff trapped it...

Florida man finds boa constrictor under car's hood

Jan. 14, 2019 12:31 PM EST

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man got a slithery shock when he popped open the hood of his car and found a boa constrictor resting on the engine. Ernst Dimanche tells WSVN he had just dropped his kids off at school Friday and came home to work on his Cadillac. He says he saw the snake and "just went...

Dave? Dave? Kansas City man gets tickets for helping Chief

Jan. 13, 2019 3:57 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A random act of kindness has netted AFC Championship tickets for a man called Dave who helped dig a Kansas City Chief out of the snow. Offensive linesman Jeff Allen posted on Twitter that his car got stuck as he was heading to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Indianapolis Colts in...