Oddities

Truck crashes through home, misses sleeping woman

Scuba-diving Santa brings holiday cheer to fish, museumgoers

Candidate whose missed vote led to tie loses on dice roll

89-year-old Alabama woman jailed over messy appliance store

Motorists nab cash spilled by armored truck, causing crashes

Hung without care? Some say tunnel decor is an eyesore

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Customs finds 70 finches in hair rollers

Crews rescue man stuck in grease vent of empty restaurant

Factory mishap paves street with chocolate in Germany

Man sues after getting finger caught in airplane armrest

Teacher accused of cutting boy's hair pleads not guilty

Moose rings Alaska home's doorbell

Feng shui or in the way? Begrudged boulders won't budge

A Maine restaurant owner is citing "feng shui" as a reason not to move boulders outside the building that are in the way of a sidewalk project

Lakewood, OH man finds ingenious use for comically long CVS receipt

A local hero won well-deserved viral fame this week when his life hack blew up Twitter.

California teacher arrested for forcibly cutting boy's hair

A high school teacher in central California has been arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment after forcibly cutting the hair of one of her students while singing the National Anthem

It's now or never pedestrians: German town has Elvis lights

Keep your blue suede shoes behind the curb: the German town where Elvis Presley was stationed as a soldier in the 1950s has installed three pedestrian lights with images of the American rock icon

Quackarazzi: Mandarin duck holds NYC in its spell

New study explains creation of deadly California 'firenado'

Dragged carpet roll investigated in Alaska man's death

Police: Man freed from jail steals car from its parking lot

Teacher who spoiled Santa will not return to school

An eel somehow got stuck in a monk seal’s nose. It’s rare, but it happens.

Utah man accused of hammering ice pick through man's penis

A Utah man has been charged with sexual assault and kidnapping after authorities say he hammered a tool resembling an ice pick through another man's penis during an argument

Secret Santa pays off nearly $30K in Walmart layaways

A Secret Santa made the holiday season a little brighter for hundreds of shoppers near Philadelphia after paying off nearly $30,000-worth of layaways at a Walmart

CHP may have used Tesla Autopilot to stop speeding car

The California Highway Patrol says it may have used the Autopilot system of a Tesla to stop the car after its driver fell asleep

Boy hits target, convinces town to scrap snowball fight ban

Boy gets small Colorado town to lift nearly century-old ban on snowball fights

Dutch court rejects man's request to be 20 years younger

A Dutch court has rejected the request of a motivational speaker to shave 20 years off his age, in a case that drew worldwide attention.

Minnesota church ends 70-year tradition of lutefisk dinner

70-year tradition of serving lutefisk dinner ends at a Minnesota church with an obituary penned by the pastor

Saving Clark's neck? Panic at 'Lampoon's Christmas' display

A holiday display meant to re-create a scene from "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" looked a little too real and caused a veteran to spring into action

Royal Mail delivers: Postman, can you take this to heaven?

A 7-year-old Scottish boy who sent a birthday card to his father in heaven has received a heart-warming reply, thanks to Britain's Royal Mail

FanDuel pays out bets on Alabama to win title ahead of game

FanDuel sportsbook is paying out bets from people who picked Alabama to win the college football national championship _ over a month before the game is played

DC clerk stalls marriage over 'foreign' New Mexico ID card

A District of Columbia clerk refused to accept a New Mexico man's state driver's license for a marriage license because she and her supervisor believed New Mexico was a foreign country

Court: Man put clothes, ID on stand-in corpse in $2M scheme

Details have emerged about how a Minnesota man allegedly faked his own death seven years ago in Eastern Europe to collect a $2 million life insurance policy

Odessa Animal Control temporarily stops intakes following possible distemper exposure

Thursday, the Odessa Animal Control Shelter was notified of an exposure to distemper, a contagious viral disease for which there is no specific treatment.

Officials: Woman passes gas, pulls knife on offended man

A Florida woman faces an aggravated assault charge after authorities say she passed gas in line at a dollar store and pulled a knife on a man who complained about it

Grinch steals Christmas from nuns, but they get it back

The Little Sisters of the Poor have a theory about how they got Christmas back from the Grinch who stole half the presents intended for hospice residents and employees

Steer too beefy to become burgers reprieved to life on farm

Knickers the steer is too beefy to become burgers, so he's won a reprieve to live out his days on the farm

Video shows Arizona fire started with gender reveal party

Video released by U.S. Forest Service shows how gender reveal led to Arizona wildfire

Sleeping pilot overflies Australian island destination

Airline officials say a pilot is under investigation after falling asleep in the cockpit of a freight plane and overflying his Australian island destination by 46 kilometers (29 miles)

Iowa council gives final approval to 'toy' firearms ban

A city council in northwest Iowa has banned people from carrying some types of "toy" firearms

Police officer rescues chicken from fire

A police officer who saved a chicken from becoming a roaster is taking a ribbing from his fellow officers

Houston-area ATM mistakenly dispenses $100 bills, not $10s

A Bank of America ATM in the Houston area was shut down and guarded by law officers after mistakenly dispensing $100 bills instead of $10s and word of the glitch got out on social media

Vermont couple looking for family peacock among the turkeys

A Vermont woman whose family peacock ran off with a flock of turkeys says she's hopeful to get close enough to catch it with a net

Burger joint closes after video appears to show rat cooking

A Hawaii-based burger chain has closed a Honolulu restaurant for cleaning after a video posted to social media appeared to show a rat being cooked on the grill

2 Utah teens accusing of stealing small airplane

Sheriff's deputies arrested two teenage boys they say stole a small airplane at a private airstrip in rural eastern Utah and flew about 15 miles (24 kilometers) before landing successfully at Vernal Regional Airport

Canadian scientist names beetle after Jose Bautista

Entomologist Bob Anderson of the Canadian Museum of Nature has dubbed a newly discovered species of beetle Sicoderus bautistai after former Toronto Blue Jays star Jose Bautista.

Money laundering: Dutch police find cash in washing machine

Dutch police who found 350,000 euros ($400,000) hidden inside a washing machine have detained a man on suspicion of _ what else? _ money laundering

19-year-old Yorkshire Terrier retires from 'The Nutcracker'

After more than 125 performances in "The Nutcracker" in Providence, a 19-year-old Yorkshire Terrier named Archie is leaving the stage

Police: Florida man stored stolen gear in car with dead alligators

Police in Florida say a man inadvertently showed officers two dead alligators stored in the trunk of his car when he went to surrender stolen fishing gear.

Texas doctor fights to keep dinosaur skull seized by feds

A doctor in Texas with a passion for paleontology is challenging the federal government after authorities seized a 70 million-year-old dinosaur skull that was part of his fossil collection

Dog snarls Phoenix freeway traffic, bites state trooper

A German shepherd snarled traffic as it loped on and off two Phoenix freeways during Tuesday morning's commute before it was captured by a state trooper who was bit on the hand while grabbing its collar

Allegedly drunken and disorderly curling team gets booted from tournament in Canada

Video captured by a spectator Saturday shows Northwest Territories curler Jamie Koe appearing to be intoxicated before the team’s 4:30 p.m. game. The skipper, sitting on the ice, begins crawling.

Thanksgiving-themed ice cream arrives just in time to replace turkey with dessert

The company’s artisanal ice cream is handcrafted and using what may seem like strange flavors is its signature.

Officials: Man caught fire trying to siphon gas from U-Haul truck

Investigators are working to identify and locate the suspect.

Giant wooden troll removed in Colorado could get new home

A huge wooden troll that proved to be too popular in a Colorado ski resort town is gone, but it's possible the artwork could find another home

Homeless Aussie who helped thwart attack charged with theft

A homeless Australian man who used a shopping trolley to help police thwart last week's militant attack in Melbourne has been charged over a series of burglaries

Stranded camel entertains motorists along snowy roadway

The surprisingly powerful storm that swept across Pennsylvania brought some surprising sights, including a camel stranded along a snowy roadway

Wildlife officials seize mountain lion kitten fed bratwurst

Wildlife officials who seized a mountain lion kitten from a southern Colorado home say the feline fell ill after the residents fed it bratwurst

FBI re-creates decoy heads Alcatraz inmates used in escape

The FBI has created replicas of decoy heads used by prisoners to mount their infamous escape from Alcatraz Island in 1962

Breckenridge, Colorado, removing divisive giant wooden troll

The town of Breckenridge in central Colorado is removing an art piece of a troll that has become a tourist attraction but also rankled nearby residents

Police capture 'unruly' and 'uncooperative' runaway pig

Babe on the run: Maine State Police capture runaway pig along Interstate 95

Tiny Rhode Island polling place saw 1 voter after all

A polling place that Rhode Island elections officials initially said did not get a single voter during the midterm elections did get one voter after all

VIDEO: Man crashes into courthouse, tells police he needs to report stolen drug paraphernalia

It’s unclear exactly how much damage a man did to the Harrison County Courthouse over the weekend when he crashed his truck into the side of the building, all in an effort to contact police over stolen drug paraphernalia.

Police: Woman beat McDonald's manager over ketchup

Police are seeking a woman who pushed, punched and choked a McDonald's manager because she wanted ketchup

Football fan charged with DWI blames team's performance

Authorities say a pro football fan charged with drunken driving after a crash told police he drank too much because his favorite team isn't any good

Missing zoo meerkat case solved with 3 charged in Australia

A man who couldn't resist a month-old meerkat has been fined with snatching the baby animal from a zoo in Australia

Syracuse profits by handwriting thousands of late-tax notes

The city of Syracuse has found that sending personal notes to residents who owe taxes is more successful than the typical, computer-generated letter demanding payment

National Grid to use 'noise cannon' to scare away crows

National Grid is bringing in a cannon to scare away the hundreds of crows that have been hanging around an electrical substation in Massachusetts

Runaway elephant returned to upstate New York sanctuary

An elephant that was burned by napalm during the Vietnam War has been returned to an upstate New York animal sanctuary after taking a late-night stroll

Animal control officers, nearby helpers catch loose chicken

A Maine animal control officer had been on a mission to find a loose chicken when he decided to whack a few branches, exposing a black fowl lurking below

France seizes jet at takeoff after Ryanair doesn't pay bill

In France, 149 passengers were preparing to take off for London when French authorities ordered their Ryanair Boeing 737 impounded. The reason? The budget carrier owed money.

Alaska man sentenced for faking death to avoid prison term

A commercial fisherman who faked his death to avoid incarceration for a sexual assault has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison

What's in a number? Dutchman, 69, seeks age change to 49

Self-styled positivity guru Emile Ratelband, 69, says age is just a number and he wants his changed to 49

Officers catch huge lizard that terrified Florida neighbors

Florida authorities have caught a huge lizard that has terrified residents of a suburban Miami neighborhood for months

Twins from different parties get different election outcomes

Twin sisters who represented different parties when they ran for seats on the same western Michigan county board will not be working side-by-side

Identical twin California sisters give birth 2 hours apart

Identical twins have given birth about two hours apart from each other

GOP candidate called 'Bigfoot erotica' devotee wins race

Despite being labeled a "devotee of Bigfoot erotica," a Republican candidate easily won a closely watched congressional race in Virginia

Surprise: Large alligator found in Kansas City hot tub

Animal control workers remove large alligator found in the hot tub of a Missouri home

Police: Man breaks into crocodile enclosure, gets bitten

Authorities say a 23-year-old man was found injured after breaking into a Florida zoo and jumping into a pond full of crocodiles

Woman tries to drive away with North Dakota squad car

Charges are pending against a 23-year-old woman who police say got into a Devils Lake police car and tried to drive away