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Famed Nathan's Famous hot dog contest marks a mythical centennial

Nathan’s Famous may be in the hot dog business, but for decades they have been peddling a whopper. Showmen behind Nathan’s annual Fourth of July hot dog eating contest have long claimed the tradition began in 1916 as a showdown between patriotic immigrants on the Coney Island boardwalk. That would ...

Philadelphia museum puts early presidents' hair on display

Jul 19, 2016

Philadelphia museum puts early presidents' hair on display

Donald Trump’s gravity-defying hair has generated plenty of attention, but have you seen George Washington’s? You can check it out this month in Philadelphia, where a museum has put the hair of some early presidents on display. The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel ...

Lucky bug eluded eternal entombment in 50-million-year-old amber

Jul 15, 2016

Lucky bug eluded eternal entombment in 50-million-year-old amber

A chunk of amber found along the Baltic Sea in Russia provides evidence roughly 50 million years old of an extremely fortunate bug. An Oregon State University scientist on Thursday described a remarkable piece of amber — fossilized tree sap — containing a mushroom, ...

Jul 14, 2016

Skydiver to leap from 25,000 feet without a parachute

American skydiver Luke Aikins will leap out of a plane at 25,000 feet (7,6000 meters) without a parachute and attempt to land safely in the California desert in a live television broadcast titled “Heaven Sent.” The married 42-year-old third-generation skydiver, who has made about ...

Jul 8, 2016

New Jersey woman finds lottery ticket worth $470,000

Officials say a New Jersey woman found a winning lottery ticket worth more than $470,000 while preparing to file her taxes. The state lottery announced on Thursday that Yokasta Boyer, of Clifton, found the Jersey Cash 5 ticket from an April 2015 drawing and ...

U.S. swimmers using therapy dogs to relax before races

Jun 30, 2016

U.S. swimmers using therapy dogs to relax before races

Kacey Oberlander is missing her dogs back home, and she’s more than a little stressed competing in the high-pressure environment at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials. That’s where Holly comes in. The adorable, 4-year-old Havanese is available for petting and furry hugs. “It just ...

Blind dog with oozing sore wins World's Ugliest Dog contest

Jun 26, 2016

Blind dog with oozing sore wins World's Ugliest Dog contest

A 17-year-old Chinese Crested Chihuahua with legs bowed out like a frog and an oozing sore is the winner of this year’s World’s Ugliest Dog contest. SweePee Rambo took home the title at the annual Petaluma World’s Ugliest Dog contest Friday night at the ...

Jun 11, 2016

Rancher on horseback lassos bike thief in Oregon

A rancher jumped on his horse Friday morning and lassoed a man who was trying to steal a bicycle in the parking lot of an Oregon Wal-Mart, police said. Robert Borba was at the Eagle Point store loading dog food and a camping tent ...

Seagull masala? Bird falls in vat of curry, turns orange

Jun 11, 2016

Seagull masala? Bird falls in vat of curry, turns orange

Officials at a wildlife hospital say a seagull turned bright orange after falling into a vat of chicken tikka masala in Wales. The gull was likely scavenging for food when it became stuck in the thick sauce on Monday. The bird was rescued and ...

French city creates world's longest comic strip

May 22, 2016

French city creates world's longest comic strip

A group of artists in the central French city of Lyon broke the record for the world’s longest comic strip Saturday with a nearly mile-long artwork, organizers said. The feat brings the figurative medal for the longest comic strip back to Lyon from New ...