Oddities

April 01, 2020 - 9:07 am
HUTCHINS, Texas (AP) — A tractor-trailer hauling toilet paper crashed and caught fire near Dallas early Wednesday, spilling the hot commodity all over an interstate, officials said. The fire shut down westbound lanes of Interstate 20 near Interstate 45 in Hutchins, the Texas Department of...
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March 30, 2020 - 6:52 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A boat that started doing doughnuts after hitting a wave in the Potomac River tossed the driver overboard. It happened around noon Sunday near Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown neighborhood, WTOP-FM reported. A passing motorist helped get the man out of the water and brought him to...
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March 09, 2020 - 1:15 pm
ASHLAND, La. (AP) — A Louisiana woman was arrested on drug charges after police determined the $5,000 cash she used to post an inmate's bail had a “strong odor of marijuana.” Authorities began investigating Stormy Lynn Parfait, 33, on Friday, shortly after she showed up at the Ashland jail to pay...
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In this Thursday, March 5, 2020 photo, Christian Schmutz, of the Swiss Cheesemakers Association, hoists a 77-pound wheel of the Best of Show winner in the World Championship Cheese Contest at Monona Terrace in Madison, Wi.. The cheese, Gourmino Le Gruyere, is made by Michael Spycher of Mountain Dairy Fritzenhaus for Gourmino AG. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)
March 06, 2020 - 11:49 am
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A gruyere from Switzerland has been named the world's best cheese, chosen from a record number of entrants from 26 nations in the World Championship Cheese Contest in Wisconsin. The cheese from Bern, Switzerland made its maker, Michael Spycher of Mountain Dairy Fritzenhaus, a...
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March 04, 2020 - 8:05 am
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An accent mark of the official seal of the capital city of the nation's most Hispanic state is in the wrong spot. The misplaced accent mark at the top of the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico's website was recently spotted by a reporter who uses an accent in his name, the Santa Fe...
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Los Angeles police officers stand after a pursuit of a stolen hearse with with a casket and body inside on Interstate 110 in South Los Angeles Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. The hearse was stolen from outside a Greek Orthodox church in East Pasadena on Wednesday night. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says one person is in custody. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
February 27, 2020 - 12:35 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It has all the hallmarks of an only-in-Los Angeles crime: A thief stole a hearse — with a body inside — that went on a wild ride, ending with a chase and a crash on a busy freeway. Authorities say they found the body undisturbed inside a casket Thursday morning and took someone...
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February 25, 2020 - 4:21 pm
LIBERAL, Kan. (AP) — An Englishwoman barely squeaked out a victory over a competitor across the pond in Kansas in Tuesday's annual pancake race between their British and American hometowns. Katie Godor, from Olney, in Buckinghamshire, ran the 71st International Pancake Day race with a time of 1:06...
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This image provided by KTTV FOX 11 shows a bear walking on the front yard of a home in Monrovia, Calif., early Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. The bear sluggishly ambled along streets and into backyards in Monrovia, which sits on the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains. The Monrovia Police Department said officers were monitoring the situation and state Department of Fish and Wildlife personnel were summoned. (KTTV FOX 11 via AP)
February 21, 2020 - 2:19 pm
MONROVIA, Calif. (AP) — A big, old bear wandered a Los Angeles foothill suburb Friday, drawing curious onlookers and news media before wildlife authorities removed it. The bear sluggishly ambled along streets and into backyards in Monrovia, which sits on the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains. The...
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February 16, 2020 - 6:27 pm
GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — An attempt in Wyoming to break a world record for the most sparklers lit simultaneously failed on a technicality. Guinness World Records officials ruled each participant was required to light his or her own sparkler during the attempt in Gillette, The Gillette News Record...
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In this Feb. 6, 2020, photo, a Clean Colorado highway sign sponsored by the Northern Lights Cannabis Co. is displayed on eastbound 6th Avenue west of Sheridan Blvd. in Denver. (Andy Cross/The Denver Post via AP)
February 16, 2020 - 9:28 am
DENVER (AP) — Cannabis companies are using a loophole in Colorado's strict limits on marijuana advertising by sponsoring state highways and putting their names on roadside signs. Currently, 51 cannabis dispensaries, cultivators, manufacturers and edible producers sponsor roadways throughout the...
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