Oddities

Groundhog Club co-handler Al Dereume holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, during the 134th celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa. Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. Phil's handlers said that the groundhog has forecast an early spring. (AP Photo/Barry Reeger)
Associated Press
February 02, 2020 - 12:32 pm
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog on Sunday declared: “Spring will be early, it's a certainty.” At sunrise on Groundhog Day, members of Punxsutawney Phil's top hat-wearing inner circle revealed the cuddly oracle's prediction — his 134th, according to the Pennsylvania...
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A stunned iguana lies in the grass at Cherry Creek Park in Oakland Park, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The National Weather Service Miami posted Tuesday on its official Twitter that residents shouldn't be surprised if they see iguanas falling from trees as lows drop into the 30s and 40s. The low temperatures stun the invasive reptiles, but the iguanas won't necessarily die. That means many will wake up as temperatures rise Wednesday. (Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
Associated Press
January 22, 2020 - 9:22 am
MIAMI (AP) — The National Weather Service routinely warns people about falling rain, snow and hail, but temperatures are dropping so low in South Florida the forecasters warned residents Tuesday about falling iguanas. “This isn't something we usually forecast, but don't be surprised if you see...
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Money in a Jar
Associated Press
January 17, 2020 - 2:28 pm
OWOSSO, Mich. (AP) — The footstool didn't feel right. That's what happens when someone stashes $43,170 inside and apparently forgets about it. Indeed, the money was discovered inside a footstool that was donated to a Michigan resale shop in Owosso Township. Howard Kirby bought the piece and other...
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Mountain Lion
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Associated Press
January 15, 2020 - 1:35 pm
JACKSON, Calif. (AP) — Five California mountain lions were seen together on home surveillance video in a rare gathering of the notoriously solitary big cats. The footage was recorded at a rural residence at the edge of the El Dorado National Forest east of Sacramento, KTXL-TV reported Wednesday. “...
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In this Dec. 9, 2019, photo Julie Ruttinger, of Tecumseh, Mich., holds a 141-year-old fruitcake, a family heirloom baked by her great-great-grandmother, Fidelia Ford, in 1878. Fidelia, pictured at left, died before the cake was served and the family, out of respect of her memory, decided not to eat it and has instead passed it down for generations. It resides in a glass case with the date of its creation affixed to the top. (David Guralnick/Detroit News via AP)
Associated Press
December 13, 2019 - 4:18 pm
TECUMSEH, Mich. (AP) — Some families pass down jewelry, watches or even recipes. But a Michigan family has its own heirloom: a 141-year-old fruitcake. “It’s a great thing,” said Julie Ruttinger, the great great granddaughter of Fidelia Ford, who baked the cake in 1878. “It was tradition. It’s a...
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Associated Press
December 09, 2019 - 8:50 am
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — It may be the holiday season, but police in Kentucky confiscated an unusual gift being delivered to a Kentucky man's home — a package with about 20 pounds (9 kilograms) of meth that was shipped through the mail inside of an air fryer. Narcotics officers were able to intercept...
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In this undated photo provided by the Tennessee Aquarium, an electric ell named Miguel Wattson lights up a Christmas tree at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Tenn. The aquarium says a system connected to Miguel's tank enables his shocks to power strands of lights on the nearby tree. (Thom Benson/Tennessee Aquarium via AP)
Associated Press
December 04, 2019 - 9:58 am
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Visitors to the Tennessee Aquarium may be shocked to learn that an electric eel named Miguel Wattson is lighting up a Christmas tree. A special system connected to Miguel's tank enables his shocks to power strands of lights on a nearby tree, according to a news release...
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Holiday Pothole
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Associated Press
December 03, 2019 - 9:55 am
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — Residents of a Mississippi city are protesting a large pothole in their neighborhood by decorating it with holiday cheer. The Enterprise-Journal reports residents of McComb’s Edgewood neighborhood have topped the pothole and its yellow traffic cone with tinsel, spray-painted...
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Two male turkeys from North Carolina named Bread and Butter, that will be pardoned by President Donald Trump, stretch their wings as they relax in their hotel room at the Willard InterContinental Hotel, Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, in Washington. The turkeys will be pardoned during a ceremony at the White House ahead of Thanksgiving. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Associated Press
November 26, 2019 - 9:35 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Which Thanksgiving turkey will earn a presidential pardon? Will it be Bread or Butter? The White House is sponsoring an online contest to help President Donald Trump as he contemplates his role in the 30-year-old tradition of sparing the National Thanksgiving Turkey. According to...
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This photo, provided by 13 WHAM-TV on Monday Nov. 25, 2019, shows Willie Murphy, 82, as she lifts weights at a gym in Rochester, N.Y. Murphy, an award-winning bodybuilder, said she clobbered an intruder with a table, poured shampoo in his face and beat him with a broom until police arrived at her home in Rochester. (13 WHAM-TV via AP)
Associated Press
November 25, 2019 - 8:00 pm
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — An intruder didn’t count on an 82-year-old woman living alone being an award-winning bodybuilder with nerves of steel. Willie Murphy was getting ready for bed Thursday at her home in Rochester, New York, when a man pounded on the door and said he needed an ambulance, Murphy...
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