News: Offbeat

Skeletons Found At Qumran Could Answer The Dead Sea Scrolls Mystery

Saturday  19:36,   18 november 2017
International Business Times

Newly excavated skeletons could answer the decades-long debate over who once occupied a settlement located near the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. The Dead Sea scrolls are considered the greatest manuscripts of all time. It consists of [...]

Twin Polar Bear Cubs Celebrate Turning 1 With Joint Birthday Party

Saturday  19:36,   18 november 2017
Inside Edition

Neva and Nuniq feasted on fish-filled birthday cakes, played with brightly colored blocks of ice and did birthday laps around their pool.Twin cubs Neva and Nuniq feasted on fish-filled birthday cakes, played with brightly colored blocks of ice and[...]

Homeowners Shocked as Unexpected Visitor Turns Up on Their Porch — an Alligator

Saturday  19:36,   18 november 2017
Inside Edition

They believed the alligator somehow made its way from a swampy area near the family’s home and to their shaded porch.The Cape Coral Police Department responded to a local residence last week after the homeowner reported what they called a[...]

Huge Underwater Castle With Ancient ‘Fairy Chimneys’ Discovered at the Bottom of Turkey’s Lake Van

Saturday  08:55,   18 november 2017
Newsweek

The castle likely dates from the reign of the ancient Urartu Kingdom.Tahsin Ceylan, an underwater photographer and videographer, Mustafa Akkuş, an academic from Van Yüzüncü Yıl University’s fishery faculty, Murat Kulakaç, a diving instructor and[...]

Macron is popular - at least when he's imprisoned in a snow globe

Saturday  08:52,   18 november 2017
Reuters

His ratings may be down, but snow globes containing pictures of French President Emmanuel Macron are flying off the shelves in Paris - bought both by fans and by those who want to give a tongue-in-cheek present. While it is common in Britain to find [...]

N.C. woman wins lottery twice in one day

Friday  18:44,   17 november 2017
USA TODAY

A North Carolina woman won the lottery twice on Sunday, netting $10,000, then $1 million. Michelle Shuffler said she and her husband don't normally play the lottery, but on Sunday, he had a few bucks in his pocket, so they decided to give[...]

I went to Brazil for a bath, says McLaren reserve Norris

Friday  15:05,   17 november 2017
Reuters

A cancelled Formula One tyre test meant McLaren reserve Lando Norris effectively flew all the way from Britain to Brazil this week just to take a bath. The 18-year-old, racing in this weekend's Macau F3 race, told reporters he was soaking in the[...]

Mom's unique punishment for 13-year-old son goes viral

Friday  15:05,   17 november 2017
CBS News

<p>When Demetris Payne saw a missed call from her son's junior high school, she knew something was wrong.</p>With a sigh, the single mom of four from Shreveport, Louisiana, called back. A school official said her 13-year-old son Jadarien[...]

Rail apology after train leaves 20 seconds early

Thursday  17:56,   16 november 2017
Sky News

A Japanese rail firm has apologised after an intercity service left a station 20 seconds earlier than scheduled. The Tsukuba Express train was due to leave Minami Nagareyama Station, just north of Tokyo, for Tsukuba at 9.44.40am local time on[...]

Flight Attendant’s Hilarious Safety Check Goes Viral

Thursday  14:21,   16 november 2017
International Business Times

The Southwest flight attendant put his own spin on those routine safety guidelines.In video Kintner posted to Facebook Friday, the flight attendant could be seen putting his own spin on safety guidelines while another flight attendant read the[...]

Stubborn Swan Ruffles Feathers While Causing Traffic Jam

Thursday  14:21,   16 november 2017
Inside Edition

The swan held up traffic down a one lane road in England for about 15 minutes.A video shows the bird walking directly in the middle of a street that passes by De Montfort[...]

In post-Asia trip speech, Trump makes news ... with water

Thursday  12:37,   16 november 2017
Reuters

Trump's drink of water lit up social media, evoking comparisons with a televised address given by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio in 2013 during which he grabbed awkwardly for a water bottle. Trump mocked Rubio during a campaign event last year for his [...]

Da Vinci painting of Christ sells for record $450mn

Thursday  12:36,   16 november 2017
AFP

A 500-year-old painting believed to be by Leonardo da Vinci sold for $450.3 million in New York on Wednesday, blazing a new world record for the most expensive work of art sold at auction, Christie's said."Salvator Mundi" or "Savior of the[...]

India gives 'king of sweets' a geographical tag to end bitter rivalry

Wednesday  14:24,   15 november 2017
Reuters

India has awarded a "geographical indications" tag to rosogolla, the king of Indian sweets, after a years-long battle between two neighboring states over the ownership rights. Luscious rosogolla, or sweet cheese balls dripping with sugar[...]

Secret Passageway Discovered Underneath Mayan Snake God Temple

Wednesday  12:20,   15 november 2017
International Business Times

Archeologists hope the secret temple will help them learn more about the Mayan Snake God.Researchers with the Great Mayan Aquifer Project discovered the Chichen Itza passageway and explored it through electrical tomography hoping to discover[...]