News: Offbeat

What is it? 'Cat-like' creature found in spare tyre

Friday  18:35,   13 january 2017
AOL Travel UK

A stunning creature that looks a bit like a cat was discovered hiding in a spare tyre in a warehouse in Milton Keynes. The creature, which is actually an African genet, was found in a Mercedes Benz depot, and left staff very confused as to[...]

Treasure trove of gold found hidden in piano

Friday  18:35,   13 january 2017
AOL Money UK

A family of music lovers from Shropshire were in for a huge surprise when they had their piano retuned and repaired. Peter Reville, of the British Museum's Portable Antiquities Scheme, says the family arrived with the 'hoard' and laid it[...]

Aussie dog whisperer uses stand-up paddle boarding to train and teach animal owners

Friday  18:35,   13 january 2017
ABC News

A Queensland surfer is training dogs and their owners to take the ocean, and is even eyeing a world record for the number of dogs on a single board.Dubbed by some as the Australian dog whisperer, Chris De Aboitiz has spent the past 15 years using[...]

Obamas' dog, perhaps not taking transition well, bites visitor

Friday  13:22,   13 january 2017
AFP

Blood was spilled Monday at the White House, but the culprit's politics were not to blame: the Obamas' dog Sunny bit a teenaged guest of the family, leaving a gash above her cheekbone, TMZ reported on Thursday. The 18-year-old girl, whose[...]

Friday 13th: Why so superstitious?

Friday  13:21,   13 january 2017
Sky News

If you are avoiding doing something today due to the unfavourable date, you are not alone. There is even a word to describe how you are feeling - paraskavedekatriaphobia. Derived from the Greek word for Friday, it means fear of Friday the[...]

Man robs dance store while wearing leotard

Friday  13:21,   13 january 2017
AOL Money UK

Video footage has captured a man breaking into a dance shop wearing an adult leotard. The unidentified man broke in at night, using a crowbar, and stole several dance[...]

Cards for Humanity: Boy, 10, Sells Baseball Card Collection to Raise Money for 2 Friends With Cancer

Friday  13:21,   13 january 2017
Inside Edition

"I had a lot of baseball cards so I decided to start selling them to raise money for [them]," Brady Kahle said."When I found out my friends were diagnosed with cancer, I had a lot of baseball cards so I decided to start selling them to[...]

Poland's foreign minister mocked after inventing country

Friday  10:21,   13 january 2017
AOL Travel UK

Poland's foreign minister helped create a fake country this week. Witold Waszczykowski is being mocked online after the slip of the tongue, which saw him tell reporters that he has met the representative of the non-existent San[...]

Indonesia will let you name an island after yourself (or whatever you want)

Friday  10:20,   13 january 2017
Quartz

Indonesia has so many islands it doesn’t know what to do with them all. So it’s letting foreign investors get involved in naming and managing…Discussing the plan this week, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, a maritime affairs minister, stressed that while[...]

Man's best friend, bacteria's worst enemy: dog sniffs out superbug in Canada hospital

Friday  04:20,   13 january 2017
The Guardian

Angus the English springer spaniel is believed to be only canine hospital employee in the world trained to sniff out notorious bacteria Clostridium difficileNearing the next bed, his floppy ears perked up before he stopped dead in his tracks,[...]

Harry Potter Cafe in Singapore Offers Literal Goblet of Fire

Friday  04:05,   13 january 2017
Mental Floss

Muggles will be hard-pressed to find a drink that's more magical.The menu at Platform 1094 is packed with wizard-friendly dishes. Diners can order the "Giant’s Breakfast," for example, with eggs, sausage, roasted pumpkin, and bacon-wrapped[...]

Golden Retrievers Act as Sled Dogs While Pulling Owner Through Snow: 'They Didn't Want to Stop'

Thursday  16:35,   12 january 2017
Inside Edition

Cabot and Barney, two golden retrievers from New Jersey, seemed ecstatic as their owner was pulled along on a snowskate. These dogs sure seem to enjoy a good snow day.Cabot and Barney, two golden retrievers in Rumson, New Jersey, can be seen[...]

Woman finds brown frog in Coles packaged lettuce

Thursday  16:35,   12 january 2017
ABC News

A Melbourne woman discovers a new meaning for the phrase fresh produce after discovering a live frog in a bag of packaged lettuce she bought from Coles. Linda Latinaa contacted Coles on Facebook to tell them she had found the tiny frog while washing [...]

This London Pop-Up Café Takes Exercise as a Form of Payment

Thursday  16:35,   12 january 2017
The Daily Meal

Europe’s premier racquets and fitness provider David Lloyd Clubs wants you to “Run for Your Bun” with the world’s first café that lets you pay for your meal with exercise. The concept was created by the company for its campaign to encourage average[...]

7-Month-Old Dalmatian Hates Seeing Boy, 5, Leave for School in the Morning

Thursday  16:35,   12 january 2017
Inside Edition

Lux, the dalmatian puppy, could be seen in a video hopping up on two paws, and embracing 5-year-old Leo from behind using his other two paws. Ever since the Dalmatian joined their family months ago, the pup and the boy have become best of[...]