News: Offbeat

Metalhead Indonesian president gets thrash-worthy gift from Danish PM

Wednesday  18:38,   29 november 2017

Indonesia's metalhead president received a thrash-worthy present from his Danish counterpart Wednesday. Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, was presented with the recently launched, re-mastered box set of US heavy metal band Metallica's 1986[...]

Rock Art Depicting Stone Age Camel Discovered

Wednesday  18:38,   29 november 2017

The camel image startled experts because it was found in the Ural Mountains, far from where camels could be seen in the Paleolithic era.The image of the red ocher camel outlined with black charcoal startled experts because the painting in the Kapova [...]

Electrician skipped work 140 times with crisp packet trick

Wednesday  15:40,   29 november 2017
The Week

Australian worker used makeshift Faraday cage to hide from bossesTom Colella, 60, took his former employers to an employment tribunal, claiming unfair dismissal, after being sacked for skipping[...]

Horse Airlifted 300 Feet Out Of Ravine After Tumbling In Along With Rider

Wednesday  10:31,   29 november 2017
Inside Edition

The rider walked out but the horse needed a leg up.The rider walked out but was forced to leave her horse overnight until a joint effort between multiple area agencies could be assembled for the[...]

Russian Astronaut Says Extraterrestrial Bacteria Found On International Space Station

Wednesday  06:05,   29 november 2017
International Business Times

Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov said the bacteria on the International Space Station did not appear to be from Earth.Astronauts swabbed the surface of the ISS during spacewalks, Shkaplerov said. The cotton swabs were particularly focused on areas [...]

Monet's glasses sold for over $50,000 in Hong Kong

Tuesday  18:56,   28 november 2017
Relaxnews (AFP)

A collection of French artist Claude Monet's personal belongings, including a pair of round-rimmed wire spectacles, have fetched almost $11 million at an auction in Hong Kong, Christie's said.  The dainty glasses, made from [...]

Pink diamond sells for over $32 mn in Hong Kong

Tuesday  18:54,   28 november 2017
Relaxnews (AFP)

An enormous oval diamond named the "Pink Promise" was sold Tuesday for an eye-watering US$32.16 million at auction in Hong Kong. The 14.93-carat pink gemstone went to an unidentified phone bidder as applause filled the[...]

The 'world's most beautiful nurse' went viral and men are doing anything to meet her

Tuesday  07:22,   28 november 2017

<p>A dental nurse and her practice have found themselves at the centre of an unprecedented amount of attention after she was dubbed "the most beautiful nurse in the world."</p>25-year-old Ning Chen, who is from Taiwan, has become an[...]

Disabled veteran helps deliver daughter on sidewalk

Tuesday  07:22,   28 november 2017

The birth of a baby is a momentous occasion for any family, but for one disabled veteran and his fiancé where and how their daughter was born has made it all the more special. Last Tuesday, Marcus Nash and Charlie White were just steps outside of[...]

Woman puts 'My Dad's House' as address on her driver's licence

Monday  18:37,   27 november 2017

We all do silly stuff without thinking sometimes. But 18-year-old Eve Paterson from Inverclyde has taken this phenomenon to the next level, declaring "my dads house" as her official address.&nbsp;But 18-year-old Eve Paterson from[...]

Jonathan, St. Helena's ancient tortoise, awaits visitors

Monday  13:21,   27 november 2017

He is a tourist attraction worth travelling a long way to see -- Jonathan the giant tortoise is perhaps the world's oldest land animal, living in pampered luxury on the remote British island of St. Helena. Aged at least 185 -- though no one[...]

Pickled in "cognac", Chopin's heart gives up its secrets

Monday  10:05,   27 november 2017
Relaxnews (AFP)

The heart of Frederic Chopin, among the world's most cherished musical virtuosos, may finally have given up the cause of his untimely death.&nbsp;&nbsp;The prolific 19th-century Polish-French pianist and composer died at the age of 39,[...]

Dad Dons Tutu for His Daughter's Ballet Class: 'He's Just a Really Good Dad'

Sunday  18:57,   26 november 2017
Inside Edition

It was parent night at the ballet school.Thanh Tran showed up to "parents night" for his daughter, Adriana Cross, at her ballet school last Monday. Adriana had been telling her dad for weeks that if he was going to come, he had to wear a[...]

World's only particle accelerator for art revs up in Paris

Sunday  14:06,   26 november 2017
Relaxnews (AFP)

The world's only particle accelerator dedicated to art was switched on at the Louvre in Paris Thursday to help experts analyse ancient and precious works.&nbsp;&nbsp;The 37-metre (88-foot) AGLAE accelerator housed underneath the huge[...]

Flipping lids! Chinese barber offers eyelid shaves

Sunday  11:53,   26 november 2017

Chinese street barber Xiong Gaowu deftly scrapes a straight razor along the inside of his customer's eyelid."You should be gentle, very, very gentle," said Xiong, who performs traditional eyelid shaves at his roadside location in Chengdu, the[...]