News: Offbeat

Starbucks Is Testing Ice Cubes Made From Coffee

Tuesday  08:07,   23 may 2017
Mental Floss

The coffee chain may soon embrace caffeine-lovers' favorite life hack.News of the company's brand-new coffee cubes began as speculation, with word first appearing on Reddit last week. As Travel +Leisure reports, user owlcitizen44—who claims to[...]

WWII vet shares harmonica skills with Prince William preschoolers

Tuesday  07:37,   23 may 2017
The Washington Post

The 97-year-old resident of Westminster at Lake Ridge also sings with New Dominion Choraliers.You can’t, Jack Hopkins told the boy, because your mouth is covering them. That makes it more difficult to play, in some ways, than other[...]

College kids knock on every single dorm door for special cause

Monday  19:52,   22 may 2017

<p>Richards lost the bet but was reluctant to start knocking on doors for his own gain.</p>He decided to challenge his roommate, Mark Schussler, to a game of "What Are the Odds?".  The loser would have to collect 25 cents from each dorm[...]

Feline good: Cats counter stress at Tokyo firm

Monday  19:26,   22 may 2017

Workaholic Japan is known for long office hours and stressed out employees, but one company claims to have a cure: Cats. A total of nine fluffy felines eat, sleep and walk freely in the small office of IT firm Ferray in Tokyo. Hidenobu Fukuda, who[...]

Ah, the joys and challenges of translating Trump into Russian

Monday  15:56,   22 may 2017

In some cases, Russian translators clean up Trump's language."We used to have a joke in the Soviet Union that there was a newspaper named Pravda, which means 'truth,' and there was no news in there. The Russian word for news is 'izvestia,' and[...]

5-Year-Old With Arthritis Gets Free Service Dog From Generous Local Breeder

Monday  15:56,   22 may 2017
Inside Edition

Kaleigh Andrews, 5, and Bayley the golden doodle, are inseparable. This 5-year-old girl’s life is about to be a whole lot easier thanks to a service dog she was gifted by a generous local breeder.Kaleigh Andrews, 5, of Wilmington, North Carolina, [...]

Meet 'The Mutants': The students who wear their autism with pride

Monday  15:36,   22 may 2017
ABC News

Lateline's Barbara Miller hangs out with 'The Mutants', a group of students on the autism spectrum who are learning to make the most of their condition.Between about 8:00am and 9:00am they amble into the classroom at Aquinas College, in[...]

Photo of Trump and Saudi king becomes Twitter meme

Monday  09:50,   22 may 2017
The Hill

<p>Twitter users turned a photo of President Trump and Saudi Arabian King Salman visiting the country's new terrorism monitoring center into a meme on Sunday.</p>And here's Trump at the opening of the "Global Center for Combating Extremist [...]

George W. Bush Photobombs Fox Sports Anchor During Game

Monday  09:21,   22 may 2017
Inside Edition

The former president shouted "Hey!" as he passed behind a Fox Sports anchor at a Texas Rangers game. Former President George W. Bush had a bit of fun as he photobombed a Fox Sports news anchor during a Texas Rangers game.Video footage[...]

Good Samaritans rescue driver from river

Sunday  19:11,   21 may 2017

The driver nearly struck a 7-year-old boy who was fishing. Philipp Mehlenbacher, 37, of Winter Garden had arrived at the fishing area with his wife, Melissa, and two sons, Scott and Skyler, about 20 minutes earlier."The driver came hauling through," [...]

Once-drab Indonesian slum rejuvenated into 'Rainbow Village'

Sunday  19:11,   21 may 2017

Visitors have been flocking to the village to take photographs and pose for "selfies" next to the brightly colored homes. "It's because of the unique look of the village. We know this area used to be a slum district but now it looks so[...]

This 20-foot python is on the loose in Missouri

Sunday  19:11,   21 may 2017

A 20-foot long Burmese python is on the loose somewhere in the Ozarks. Ben Trexel is asking for people to be on the lookout for his pet, which he last saw Thursday at his home near Rogersville, Missouri.Ben Trexel is asking for people to be on the[...]

'Cane-toad-smart' quolls to be bred in the Northern Territory

Sunday  15:25,   21 may 2017
ABC News

Baby quolls that have been fed poisoned cane toads have descended on an island off the coast of the Northern Territory, in an effort to stop the species being wiped out.Thirty-five northern quolls have been taken to Indian Island, 41 kilometres west [...]

All that glitters: Japan 'nailists' turn manicures into art

Sunday  15:21,   21 may 2017
Relaxnews (AFP)

Nail art is taking off in the US and is already popular in China and South Korea. But beauty-conscious Japan is ground-zero for the business. The domestic market has doubled in a decade to 1.98 billion USD annually, according to the Japan Nailist[...]

Father, son graduate from William Paterson University together

Sunday  11:57,   21 may 2017

A father and a son graduated from a New Jersey university on Friday, becoming the first members to earn a college degree in their family."It was amazing," Benjamin Jeanty told Fox News on Friday, just hours after he and his dad, Duvinson, moved[...]