News: Offbeat

Man Orders $60 'Perfect Smile' Veneers Online and Gets Something Hilarious Instead

Thursday  08:15,   18 january 2018
Inside Edition

Ever thought of ordering veneers online? Take it from this guy: some things are best left to your friendly dentist.Ben Watson, 19, of Halifax, bought the “veneers” for nearly $60 on Wish.com. He said they were advertised as the “perfect smile at the [...]

Peru shamans hold rituals, foresee good news during Pope's visit

Thursday  07:11,   18 january 2018
Reuters

Peruvian shamans said on Wednesday they expect good news from the visit of Pope Francis to the Andean nation, and held rituals on a beach near Lima to give him strength to fight against accusations of sexual abuse that have plagued the Roman[...]

Spanish village 'purifies' horses with fire in age-old ritual

Thursday  07:05,   18 january 2018
AFP

Thick smoke fills the cobbled streets of San Bartolome de Pinares as the clip-clop of galloping hooves edges ever closer to a bonfire crackling nearby. Suddenly a horse and its rider burst through the flames as the mysterious age-old festival of Las [...]

Alien sightings are no excuse for filing your tax return late

Wednesday  19:06,   17 january 2018
Reuters

As Britain's deadline for annual tax returns looms, revenue authorities have warned they will be keeping a sharp lookout for any mention of aliens. Seeking to encourage taxpayers to file their returns by Jan. 31, Her Majesty's Revenue and[...]

Yabba dabba doo! Malaysian sultan gets Flintstones car

Wednesday  15:22,   17 january 2018
AFP

A Malaysian sultan has been given a life-size replica of Fred Flintstone's car from the classic cartoon, although the modern update has an engine so he won't tire out his regal feet.Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar of Johor, one of Malaysia's[...]

Aliens, apocalypse, lightning? ... No, just a meteor rocking Michigan

Wednesday  15:01,   17 january 2018
Reuters

A bright meteor briefly swept across the sky over parts of the U.S. Midwest and Canada on Tuesday, weather and geology agencies said, and then caused a powerful explosion that rattled homes and onlookers. The meteor was seen across the region in[...]

In the coldest village on earth, eyelashes freeze, dinner is frozen and temperatures sink to -88F

Wednesday  14:57,   17 january 2018
The Washington Post

Life in this Siberian village, where temperatures plunged to as low as -88F this week, is constant negotiation with the cold.Eyelashes freeze; frostbite is a constant danger; and cars are usually kept running even when not being used, lest their[...]

Whisky and waders as fishermen welcome salmon season in Scotland

Wednesday  08:35,   17 january 2018
Reuters

On the banks of the River Tay in the Scottish highlands, a parade of pipers and a whisky-based blessing helped mark the start of the country's salmon fishing season on Monday. The village of Kenmore has been the traditional starting place for[...]

Subway-themed sports shoes are just the ticket for Berliners

Tuesday  19:05,   16 january 2018
Reuters

Dozens of sports shoe enthusiasts stormed Adidas stores in Berlin to snatch a pair of shoes launched in collaboration with the public transport network that incorporate the same pattern as the subway's seats, as well as an annual ticket. Adidas[...]

Drunk droning now illegal in New Jersey

Tuesday  18:56,   16 january 2018
Reuters

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a law on Monday making it illegal to fly an unmanned drone aircraft after too many drinks, a spokesman said on the Republican's last day in office.The law prohibits flying a drone with a blood alcohol[...]

This Adorable Wallaby Halted Traffic by Hopping Across the Sydney Harbor Bridge

Tuesday  07:51,   16 january 2018
Time

A wayward wallaby disrupted downtown traffic by bounding across the Sydney Harbor Bridge on Tuesday with police in pursuit. The adult male was captured without any apparent serious injury and is expected to be released back into the wild within[...]

World's fifth largest diamond discovered in Lesotho

Monday  18:55,   15 january 2018
Relaxnews (AFP)

A diamond thought to be the fifth largest of gem quality ever found has been discovered in Lesotho, miner Gem Diamonds said Monday, and could be worth as much as $40 million.  The company unearthed the D-colour stone at the Letseng [...]

World's fifth largest diamond discovered in Lesotho

Monday  18:55,   15 january 2018
Relaxnews (AFP)

A diamond thought to be the fifth largest of gem quality ever found has been discovered in Lesotho, miner Gem Diamonds said Monday, and could be worth as much as $40 million.  The company unearthed the D-colour stone at the Letseng [...]

Chinese 'rainbow dinosaur' had iridescent feathers like hummingbirds

Monday  14:51,   15 january 2018
Reuters

Scientists on Monday announced the discovery of a crow-sized, bird-like dinosaur with colorful feathers from northeastern China that lived 161 million years ago during the Jurassic Period. They named it Caihong, the Mandarin word for rainbow.[...]

Rare 'Firework' Jelly Fish Spotted Off The Coast Of Mexico

Monday  14:31,   15 january 2018
International Business Times

The Halitrephes Maasi jellyfish is extremely rare and is one of a dozen to have been ever seen. This jellyfish looks like a 'firework' from is appearance.Researchers onboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus — a research vessel operated by the [...]