Oddities

March 10, 2017 - 10:44 am
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Mary Clancey says she was resigned to being a plump old lady. Over 15 years she kept getting bigger despite dieting. But with her health deteriorating, her son persuaded her to go to the hospital. What doctors found astounded them: She wasn't fat; a cyst in one of her ovaries...
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March 09, 2017 - 7:03 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Add sleep to the already long list of hazards in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. A video posted on the official race website shows a dog team that arrived at a checkpoint without a musher. "Now you've seen it all, huh?" a man in the video says. As the video scanned the faces...
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Workers excavate a coffin from a construction site in the Old City neighborhood, Thursday, March 9, 2017, in Philadelphia. Crews working on an apartment building in Philadelphia's historic district got a shock last month when their backhoes started hitting coffins and unearthing fully intact human remains. The site was supposed to be a former burial ground from 1707, and all remains were supposedly exhumed in the 1800s and moved to a different cemetery. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
March 09, 2017 - 4:56 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Construction crews working on an apartment building in Philadelphia's historic district got a shock last month when their backhoes started hitting coffins and unearthing fully intact human remains. Now, forensic scientists and students at Rutgers University-Camden are working to...
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March 09, 2017 - 8:36 am
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina mom whose impression of a livestreamed pregnant giraffe at an upstate New York zoo was viewed more than 30 million times on Facebook has given birth. Erin Dietrich posted a Facebook Live video of herself Saturday walking around a bedroom wearing a giraffe...
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March 07, 2017 - 6:45 am
LOCUST VALLEY, N.Y. (AP) — Teenage identical twins have made academic history at a Long Island high school WCBS-TV reports ( http://cbsloc.al/2lzN9Iw ) that Locust Valley High School seniors Nick and Matt Rizzo have the top two highest grade-point averages in their Nassau County graduating class...
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In this Friday, March 3, 2017 photo, the female green green turtle nicknamed "Bank" swims in a pool at Sea Turtle Conservation Center n Chonburi Province, Thailand. Veterinarians operated Monday, March 6, 2017, on "Bank," removing less than 1,000 coins from the endangered animal. Her indigestible diet was a result of many tourists seeking good fortune tossing coins into her pool over many years in the eastern town of Sri Racha. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
March 06, 2017 - 8:13 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Tossing coins in a fountain for luck is a popular superstition, but a similar belief brought misery to a sea turtle in Thailand from whom doctors have removed 915 coins. Veterinarians in Bangkok operated Monday on the 25-year-old female green sea turtle nicknamed "Bank," whose...
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American Sarah Wachter speaks to The Associated-Press during an interview next to a campaign poster with the picture of former U.S. President Barack Obama reading in French "yes we can" in Paris, Friday, March 3, 2017. An online petition urging Barack Obama to join the French presidential race has attracted more than 45,000 signatures in 10 days. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
March 03, 2017 - 5:06 pm
PARIS (AP) — "Oui on peut!" The slogan on posters in Paris streets translates as "Yes We Can!" Heard that before? The people behind the campaign are urging former U.S President Barack Obama to join the French presidential race. Their online petition has already attracted more than 45,000 signatures...
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March 02, 2017 - 2:46 pm
HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A pregnant giraffe has its own website, a GoFundMe page, an apparel line and millions of people worldwide watching live-streaming video waiting for it to give birth. The 15-year-old long-legged YouTube star, named April, is expected to give birth any time now in her...
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March 02, 2017 - 8:55 am
EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — The National Park Service has been closing a road in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Pennsylvania so mating amphibians don't get squashed by vehicles as they seek out mates. Park Ranger Kathleen Sandt tells WNEP-TV ( http://bit.ly/2mwODmT ) that River...
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March 02, 2017 - 8:49 am
BOSTON (AP) — One of Boston's most luxurious condominium buildings has banned pot smoking and growing. Even though Massachusetts has legalized recreational use of marijuana, it's not welcome at The Residences at The InterContinental. The Boston Herald ( http://bit.ly/2lCTKxH ) reports that the...
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