Oddities

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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March 02, 2017 - 5:44 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — How he squeaked through security is anyone's guess. A little mouse made for a big delay on a British Airways flight from London to San Francisco. The passengers were all buckled up and ready to go when the crew told them that a mouse-spotting meant they couldn't take off. The...
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In this photo taken on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, a capsule of original penicillin mold from which Alexander Fleming made the drug known as penicillin on view at Bonham's auction house in London. The international auction house Bonham’s says it has sold a small, patchy disc of mold for $14,597. The off-white, nearly 90-year-old swatch of microbes has a rather extraordinary history: it was first created by Alexander Fleming to make penicillin, a revolutionary discovery that brought the world its first antibiotic. Bonham’s sold the mold Wednesday, March 1 during an auction in London. The germs are preserved in a glass case and feature an inscription by Fleming on the back, identifying it as “the mould that first made penicillin.” (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
March 01, 2017 - 2:45 pm
LONDON (AP) — How much is an old, dried out piece of mold worth? Apparently more than $14,600 if it was created by the doctor who discovered penicillin. The nearly 90-year-old swatch of mold has a rather extraordinary history: It came from the laboratory of Dr. Alexander Fleming whose revolutionary...
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