Offbeat News


Pennsylvania man's draft notice was 102 years late

Jul 9, 2014

KENNERDELL, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman says her late father has received notice to register for the nation's military draft — some 102 years too late.

Martha Weaver, now in her 80s, tells The (Oil City) Derrick (http://bit.ly/VJQzHh ) that the Selective Service System notice arrived Saturday ...

Read More

Pilot buys pizzas for passengers grounded by storm

Jul 9, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Faced with potentially hungry — and grumpy — passengers, a Frontier Airlines pilot treated them to pizza when storms diverted a Denver-bound flight to Cheyenne, where the plane was stuck for a couple of hours.

Cheyenne Domino's Pizza manager Andrew Ritchie told The Associated ...

Read More

Naked Seattle intruder recites Scripture in home

Jul 9, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) — It was little comfort to the residents of a Seattle home along Lake Washington when the naked man who crashed through their front door began loudly reciting Scripture.

Police say a woman in the home called 911 at about 2 a.m. Tuesday while her husband grabbed a baseball bat to ...

Read More

Pilot buys pizzas for passengers grounded by storm

Jul 8, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Faced with potentially hungry — and grumpy — passengers, a Frontier Airlines pilot treated them to pizza when storms diverted a Denver-bound flight to Cheyenne, where the plane was stuck for a couple of hours.

Cheyenne Domino's Pizza manager Andrew Ritchie told The Associated ...

Read More

Farmer loses phone, returned 8 months later

Jul 8, 2014

By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS, Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma farmer Kevin Whitney thought his iPhone was lost for good when it fell into a grain elevator last year. Eight months later, his phone was returned unscathed after a trip to Japan.

Whitney, the manager of the Apache Farmers Co-Op ...

Read More

Wisconsin logger frees bear from milk can

Jul 8, 2014

RICE LAKE, Wis. (AP) — The video of a western Wisconsin logger who saved a black bear who got its head stuck in an old milk can is getting hundreds of thousands of YouTube hits.

Garrett Smith used the grappling hooks on his logging machine to free the struggling bear after spotting it in a ...

Read More

Red Bull spills onto I-95 in Fla. truck crash

Jul 8, 2014

ROCKLEDGE, Fla. (AP) — Call it a different kind of energy jolt. Thousands of gallons of Red Bull spilled onto Interstate 95 in central Florida after two tractor-trailers collided.

The Florida Highway Patrol says the crash happened Monday evening near Rockledge.

Troopers say the truck hauling more ...

Read More

Police kill cow that charged officer

Jul 8, 2014

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Police in Mount Vernon, Washington, killed an agitated Angus cow that rampaged through town, tossing a police officer into the air and tap-dancing on a patrol car.

The Skagit Valley Herald reports (http://is.gd/dm29HB) that police spokeswoman Shannon Haigh says the cow ...

Read More

100-year-old German turns tables on trickster

Jul 8, 2014

BERLIN (AP) — This 100-year-old German woman was too sharp for a would-be trickster.

Police in Berlin said Tuesday they have arrested a 31-year-old man on suspicion of attempted fraud after being tipped off by the quick-witted retiree.

The woman had smelled a rat when she received a call Sunday ...

Read More

Plane parts that fell off train checked for damage

Jul 7, 2014

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Boeing is deciding what to do with six newly manufactured commercial airplane bodies that fell off a train in a derailment in western Montana, including three that slid down a steep riverbank, a company spokeswoman said Monday.

Experts from Boeing Co. and Spirit AeroSystems,

Read More

In tiny NY village, 26 votes could mean victory

Jul 7, 2014

DERING HARBOR, N.Y. (AP) — In a tiny New York village, getting 26 votes could make you the mayor.

Newsday reports (http://nwsdy.li/TMqvtq ) that two elections in Dering Harbor are headed to overtime Tuesday after a pair of 25-25 ties.

Resident Patrick Parcells scored one of the ties in his ...

Read More

Family maintains hold on pit-spitting contest

Jul 5, 2014

EAU CLAIRE, Mich. (AP) — When it comes to pit spitting in southwestern Michigan, it's tough to beat the Krause family.

Brian Krause has won the 41st International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship on Saturday with a distance of 80 feet, 8 inches.

His father, Rick, placed second with 77 feet,

Read More

Performer drapes, lights firecrackers on body

Jul 5, 2014

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (AP) — John Fletcher gets a bang out of firecrackers — especially those he wraps around himself.

The 51-year-old Michigan performer's act includes setting off 10,500 firecrackers attached to his body, The Detroit News reported (http://bit.ly/VrI3fO ) Saturday.

"I guess I'm a ...

Read More

Finnish couple wins quirky 'wife carrying' race

Jul 5, 2014

HELSINKI (AP) — A Finnish couple has narrowly won the 19th World Wife Carrying Championships — a quirky competition in which men race to be the fastest while carrying a female teammate.

Ville Parviainen and Janette Oksman cleared the grueling 253.5 meter (278-yard) obstacle course in 63.75 seconds ...

Read More

Joey Chestnut gets mustard yellow belt and fiancee

Jul 4, 2014

By JULIE WALKER, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — High-ranking chowhound Joey "Jaws" Chestnut dropped to one knee and proposed to his longtime girlfriend before Friday's annual hot dog eating contest, then packed away 61 franks and buns to hold onto his coveted mustard yellow winner's belt.

The San ...

Read More

At 116, Arkansas woman named oldest American

Jul 4, 2014

By JILL BLEED, Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A south Arkansas woman celebrated her 116th birthday Friday with cake, a party and a new title — she's now officially the oldest confirmed living American and second-oldest person in the world, the Gerontology Research Group said.

Gertrude ...

Read More

Hot dog eaters weigh in on eve of famed NY contest

Jul 3, 2014

By RACHELLE BLIDNER, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Competitive eaters prove that size does not always matter.

The top four contestants in the annual Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island weighed in Thursday with seven-time champ Joey Chestnut tilting the scales at a solid 205 ...

Read More

Waitresses at Colorado eatery carry loaded guns

Jul 3, 2014

RIFLE, Colo. (AP) — Many stores and restaurants are telling people not to bring their guns inside, but one western Colorado restaurant not only embraces the practice of packing heat, it encourages its customers to carry openly — and its waitresses do, too.

As she takes your order at Shooters Grill ...

Read More

Agave plant to produce 1 and only bloom, then die

Jul 3, 2014

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, Associated Press

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — An 80-year-old American agave plant that will flower once then die is about to do the former.

Probably.

Housed at the University of the Michigan since 1934, the plant has grown so rapidly since the spring that at more than 27 feet it is ...

Read More

Maine ear biter cleared of assault charges

Jul 3, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine man who bit off a portion of another man's ear during a fight has been acquitted of assault charges.

A Kennebec County Superior Court jury on Wednesday cleared Dylan Nathaniel Hendsbee of charges connected to the fight in April 2013 in which a third man suffered a ...

Read More

You Might Also Like