News: Offbeat

Hogwarts, horcruxes and hippogriffs: Harry Potter turns 20

Sunday  19:41,   25 june 2017
AFP

Harry Potter turns 20 on Monday when muggle readers in gowns and glasses from Indonesia to Uruguay will celebrate the birth of a global publishing phenomenon in 1997. "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" (later renamed "Sorcerer's Stone" for[...]

This Guy Refused To Let A Wedding Get In The Way Of His Bromance

Sunday  15:26,   25 june 2017
MSN

A good bromance doesn’t end just because one bro gets married. Just ask Mitch Jolliff. Before serving as best man in Kody and Brittney Frysinger’s wedding earlier this month, Mitch made a guest appearance in the couple’s engagement photos. The[...]

Woman shares genius way she makes sure people aren't afraid of her 'scary dog'

Sunday  10:41,   25 june 2017
AOL

The struggle to explain to strangers that your "scary dog" is actually super friendly is real -- but luckily one woman seems to have found the secret. Reddit user tricksy_trixie posted a photograph of her sister's German Shepherd to[...]

Woman replaced her family photos with dog replicas

Sunday  10:41,   25 june 2017
AOL

We all love our pets -- but one woman was so enthralled she decided she'd rather see photos of her dog rather than that of her family. 21-year-old Marissa Hooper started replacing family photos with those of her 2-pound Chihuahua,[...]

Kind-Hearted Police Officer Adopts Stray Kitten Brought To The Station During Night Shift

Sunday  05:46,   25 june 2017
Inside Edition

The stray, now named Kelsey, was waiting to be picked up by animal control when she caught Sgt. Brian Wallace's eye.“She seemed to take to her new role as partner to Sgt. [Brian] Wallace, however, she did fall asleep her first night on the job,” [...]

Professor's response to student's absence: Bring the baby

Sunday  05:46,   25 june 2017
USA TODAY

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A University of Tennessee student got a heart-warming surprise when she emailed her professor about missing class last week. Morgan King, who studies therapeutic recreation, emailed her professor, Sally Hunter, on June 15 [...]

The inventor of Roomba has created a weed-slashing robot for your garden

Saturday  20:00,   24 june 2017
Tech Insider

Fifteen years later, Roomba creator Joe Jones may have come up with the next ground-dwelling superstar, only this time the machine works outside. Here's what Tertill is all about.This is Tertill, a Roomba for your garden. © Provided by[...]

Meal program bridges cultural divisions, 1 plate at a time

Saturday  19:25,   24 june 2017
Associated Press

The meal was part of "Breaking Bread; Breaking Barriers," a yearlong program that brings people of different backgrounds together for a meal featuring their cultural favorites, bridging differences one plate at a time. "People cooking and[...]

Hundreds celebrate 'mud people' festival in the Philippines

Saturday  15:26,   24 june 2017
AFP

Filipino devotees muddied their faces and covered themselves with dried banana leaves on Saturday to celebrate a religious festival which also has roots in Japan's occupation of the country during World War II. The annual "Taong Putik" or "Mud[...]

French entrepreneur changes children's lives — one cheap book at a time

Saturday  15:15,   24 june 2017
USA TODAY

It’s not everyday you meet a literary miracle worker like Safrat, who’s able to sell books like they’re bread rolls — and at the same price as a baguette. Having grown up in the suburbs of Essonne, this self-educated book enthusiast came into[...]

Pets Strut Down the 'Cat' Walk During Festival's Furry Fashion Show

Saturday  10:10,   24 june 2017
Inside Edition

Cats and dogs were dressed in a variety of accessories and costumes to impress the crowd during a Pet Festival in the Philippines. This fashion show has gone to the dogs.Furry models were dressed to the canines as they came together at Pet[...]

2 Therapeutic Miniature Horses - in Full Uniform - Sworn In as New Deputies

Saturday  10:10,   24 june 2017
Inside Edition

Sammy and Gunner were sworn in as deputies at the Pitt County Sheriff's Office to comfort crime victims. Meet the newest deputies in the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina, proudly wearing the badge along with their manes and[...]

Man's Personal Ad from 1865 Goes Viral More Than 150 Years Later

Saturday  10:10,   24 june 2017
Mental Floss

The listing is proof that courtship rituals come and go, but the power of a good smile endures forever.This newspaper listing from 1865 spotted by Elite Daily lists the qualities of a single, 18-year-old man from Maine, including "a good set of[...]

Mexico City Launches a Competition for Official Emoji

Saturday  05:26,   24 june 2017
Mental Floss

How do you capture an entire metropolis in just a few tiny images?The competition, organized by Laboratorio para la Ciudad, the city government’s civic innovation lab, will help government officials understand how people relate and respond to the[...]

Boy Apologizes to Little Girl Like a True Gentleman — the Internet Rejoices

Saturday  05:26,   24 june 2017
Good Housekeeping

His mom has taught him[...]