News: Offbeat

English Heritage staff reveal spookiest landmarks

Wednesday  09:56,   18 october 2017

Ghosts passing through walls, unexplained screams and children's laughter: staff at the English Heritage conservation agency published a list on Tuesday of their 10 scariest landmarks in the country as Halloween approaches. The spookiest for the [...]

New York police round up wandering cow in Brooklyn park

Wednesday  09:21,   18 october 2017

New York City police wrangled a cow on the loose in a Brooklyn park on Tuesday after the animal became a spectacle for tourists and New Yorkers alike when it was spotted roaming the streets and enjoying the park facilities. The bemused bovine and[...]

Art 'detectives' probe what lies beneath a Fragonard

Wednesday  07:56,   18 october 2017

For decades, she was thought to have started out as a man. But a sketch uncovered at an obscure Parisian auction in 2012 triggered groundbreaking research that revealed the original painting beneath Jean-Honore Fragonard's "Young Girl Reading" to be [...]

Thief in a suitcase robs bus baggage in Paris

Tuesday  19:16,   17 october 2017

It was a mystery that had police puzzled for a while: a rash of thefts reported by passengers who had taken the 75-minute bus trip between Paris and Beauvais airport. An eagle-eyed driver has been credited with helping crack the case last week after [...]

He wrote 120 letters to tell students how special they are. Some of them cried.

Tuesday  09:05,   17 october 2017

<p>While Bay-Waveland Middle School teacher Logan Pullin says writing is not his strong suit, his personalized, handwritten and hand-delivered letters are certainly making Bay High seniors feel special.</p>"I saw him at break and he just had a [...]

Commentators unravel 'totally weird' NFL for Chinese fans

Tuesday  07:20,   17 october 2017

The NFL has been quick to seize on the trend, with February's Super Bowl championship game viewed by roughly 1.5 million online viewers in China. This season the NFL scrapped domestic television partnerships in favor of streaming the games[...]

Japanese Artist Crafts Intricate Insects Using Bamboo

Monday  19:57,   16 october 2017
Mental Floss

When Noriyuki Saitoh looks at a bug, he sees inspiration.Not everyone finds insects beautiful. Some people think of them as scary, disturbing, or downright disgusting. But when Japanese artist Noriyuki Saitoh looks at a discarded cicada shell or a[...]

Swedish wine tasters crowned world's best at French contest

Monday  19:06,   16 october 2017
Relaxnews (AFP)

Wine tasters from Sweden toasted victory on Saturday after winning the fifth edition of an international blind tasting contest, leaving last year's top contenders China and France in the dust, organisers said.&nbsp;&nbsp;Held in Burgundy [...]

Man Captures Photo of 'Ghost' in Famous 'Haunted' Hotel: 'I Was in Shock'

Monday  09:45,   16 october 2017
Inside Edition

He said they didn't notice what they'd taken a photo of until later. A Colorado hotel is living up to its scary reputation after a visitor snapped a photo of a “ghost” while on a tour of the place.Jay Mausling was on a tour of The Stanley [...]

Meet the double-amputee veteran running 31 marathons in 31 days

Monday  09:25,   16 october 2017

<p>Rob Jones has overcome trauma to pursue a new mission, to raise money for veterans’ charities by pushing himself to ever more grueling physical feats.</p>In the years since, Jones has overcome what might have been a traumatic event to[...]

Fruit, prawns off the menu at China's austere party Congress

Monday  07:15,   16 october 2017

No free fruit in hotel rooms, no free hair cuts and no prawns on the menu - delegates at this week's Communist Party Congress in China can expect austere treatment.Part of Xi's fight against deep-seated graft has been to ensure officials are not [...]

Mom Transforms Baby Into Wonder Woman For Fierce Photo Shoot

Sunday  13:40,   15 october 2017

Mary Grace Pingoy is such big a Wonder Woman fan much she’s already passing down her love for the superhero to her baby daughter. 2/9 SLIDES © Mary Grace Pingoy of jmotivephotographycom “I want my daughter to know[...]

Asterix illustration sells for record 1.4 million euros

Sunday  13:40,   15 october 2017
Relaxnews (AFP)

An original illustration for the cover of one of the early Asterix comic books sold for a record 1.4 million euros (1.7 million dollars) at auction on Friday, more than seven times its expected price, an auction house[...]

Hatchet throwing a new pastime in America

Sunday  13:40,   15 october 2017

What better, safer way to have fun than drink beer and throw a hatchet? This is now a thing in America, a new pastime, and it's spreading.On a busy Friday night at Stumpy's Hatchet House in New Jersey, it sounds like this: the thud of the blade[...]

15 Celebrity LookAlikes That Will Blow Your Mind

Saturday  18:18,   14 october 2017
Good Housekeeping

It's true! Everyone does have a[...]