News: Offbeat

Swan causes rush-hour chaos after 'mistaking motorway for river'

Thursday  14:21,   23 february 2017
The Independent

Police were forced to chase a swan along a busy motorway as rush-hour traffic queued behind them after it apparently mistook the road for a river. The bird blocked two lanes of the M27 in Hampshire as it swanned along the eastbound carriageway at[...]

Brave waitress saves restaurant from giant lizard

Thursday  14:21,   23 february 2017
AOL Travel UK

After a day of adventuring in New South Wales, Australia, one might be looking for a bite to eat. Local restaurant Mimosa Wines boasts about its local wines, wood-fired pizza, and beckoning sunlit terrace.But it makes no mention of a giant[...]

A photo of a dog wearing pants just settled the internet's greatest debate

Thursday  14:21,   23 february 2017
The Daily Dot

At the end of 2015, a simple question was posed to the internet: If a dog wore pants, how would the dog do it? The meme originated on Yik Yak and Tumblr but picked up steam when it was posted to Twitter by writer Jared[...]

Man loses 50 pounds by playing a VR game

Thursday  09:05,   23 february 2017
The Daily Dot

Virtual reality gives you the chance to experience new worlds, play the most immersive gaming experience available to modern consumers, and even get some indoor exercise—some pretty darn effective exercise, it turns out. One HTC Vive owner has[...]

Argentine researcher falls into Nicaragua volcano

Thursday  09:01,   23 february 2017
AFP

An Argentine volcanologist and a Nicaraguan guide who fell into an active volcano were in good health Wednesday after being rescued by firemen.The 60-year-old researcher, Rodolfo Alvarez, and his specialized guide, Adriac Valladares, 25, fell into[...]

Ga. Hooters waitress gives kidney to ailing regular customer

Thursday  09:01,   23 february 2017
New York Daily News

She’s got heart — and a kidney to spare. A gracious Georgia Hooters waitress offered a long-time regular her kidney after she learned the patron had lost both of his to[...]

Walmart cashier's act of kindness goes viral

Thursday  06:06,   23 february 2017
MSN

A Walmart cashier’s act of kindness when she paid half the grocery bill for a family of five has gone viral on Facebook. According to a People magazine article, Ashley Jordan, a 27-year-old South Carolina mother of 3, usually visits the big box[...]

Deputy Responds To Girl, 19, Who Stole His Bike to Get Home Safely: 'It Had to be Scary For Her'

Thursday  06:06,   23 february 2017
Inside Edition

A young woman who identified herself as "M" explained she had a 16-mile journey home, and was stranded "because of drunk boys, a dead phone and no money."Pulaski County Sheriff Deputy Josh Bowden, who has been in law enforcement[...]

Family Cracks Open Chicken Egg to Find Another Egg Inside

Wednesday  19:36,   22 february 2017
Mental Floss

The phenomenon is rare but not unheard of.The phenomenon, while uncommon, isn’t unheard of. It’s called counter-peristalsis contraction, and it happens when a second egg starts forming before the egg that precedes it exits the hen’s reproductive[...]

8 Times Cats Interrupted Things

Wednesday  19:35,   22 february 2017
Mental Floss

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Man finds friend on Google Maps in same place he's meeting her

Wednesday  19:35,   22 february 2017
AOL Travel UK

A man checked Google Maps before picking up a friend was shocked to see her standing in the same spot - five months earlier. Rick Hodge decided to use the Google service to see the street corner in Taunton, Somerset, where he'd agreed to[...]

French artist is entombed in rock for a week

Wednesday  19:35,   22 february 2017
AFP

A French artist was entombed Wednesday inside a 12-tonne boulder for a week, saying: "I think I can take it."With the world's press looking on, the two halves of the limestone rock were closed on Abraham Poincheval by workmen in a Paris[...]

Boy, 7, Hailed A Hero After Calling 911 on Burglar Alarm Panel as Mom Suffered Stroke

Wednesday  13:36,   22 february 2017
Inside Edition

"My mother couldn't dial 911 on the phone, she was just too nervous, so [Romeo] showed her how to do it on the keypad," said his mom, Sherece Holland. A Chicago 7-year-old's quick thinking has been credited with saving his mother's[...]

Name this newborn baby giraffe at Maryland’s zoo

Wednesday  13:36,   22 february 2017
The Washington Post

Imara? Dottie? You[...]

NY firefighters adopt pit bull rescued from "crack house"

Wednesday  13:36,   22 february 2017
CBS News

Firefighters start hilarious Instagram account to chronicle the daily life of their new firehouse dogFor at least two days in the middle of January, the dog was left without water, food or[...]