Aug 17, 2014

U.K. councils field queries on dragons, ghosts

Is your town safe from dragon attack? A list of the top 10 strangest questions posed by Freedom of Information Act petitioners was published Saturday by England’s Local Government Association. The group, which represents more than 350 councils, asked the public not to burden ...

Aug 17, 2014

Police called to investigate chicken crossing road

Ask police in Portland, Oregon, why the chicken crossed the road, and they have no idea. Officers were dispatched last week to the Linnton district after a caller said a chicken was crossing a rush-hour highway, causing a traffic hazard. In a statement titled ...

Jul 9, 2014

U.S. man's potato salad crowd-funding effort takes off

A man who jokingly sought $10 to pay for his first attempt at making potato salad has raised more than $37,000 from a crowd-funding Internet site. Zack “Danger” Brown, of Columbus, says he is now considering throwing a huge public potato-salad party with the ...

U.S. conjoined brothers aim for age record

Jul 5, 2014

U.S. conjoined brothers aim for age record

Ohio brothers hoping to be recognized this year as the world’s oldest conjoined twins planned to celebrate Saturday as they hit a milestone they have been looking forward to for years. Donnie and Ronnie Galyon of Beavercreek were to be 62 years, 8 months ...

Jun 26, 2014

What's in a vowel? Couple fly to Grenada, not Granada

A Washington couple has sued British Airways, saying the airline ruined their vacation by booking them tickets to the Caribbean island of Grenada instead of Granada, Spain. Edward Gamson and Lowell Canaday said in their lawsuit they wanted to travel from Washington to London ...

Jun 11, 2014

Police: U.S. man assaulted after talking in sleep

Police say a woman kicked and struck her boyfriend with a shotgun because he said bad things about her in his sleep. Police told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle that Sara Ann Bade, 24, of Montana, was arrested at her home early Monday. She appeared ...

U.S. pioneer living high life on retired jetliner

Jun 11, 2014

U.S. pioneer living high life on retired jetliner

Deep in the woods and rolling hills outside Portland, Oregon, where orchards dot the landscape, a Boeing 727 sits at the top of a steep dirt driveway encircled by towering pines. For Bruce Campbell, it is home. Complete with wings and landing gear, which ...

China group launches app to shame polluters

Jun 10, 2014

China group launches app to shame polluters

A Chinese environmental group on Monday launched a smartphone app that tracks and shames polluting factories, highlighting how the country is making environmental data more available and enabling public monitoring of companies that pollute. The app gives, where available, hourly updates on emissions reported ...

Dec 31, 2013

We're only human: an offbeat year

Throughout the year, some events provide a bit of respite from the daily grind and remind us that human nature and failings are qualities shared worldwide. Here is a selection from AFP’s offbeat stories for 2013: €222,222,222.22 goof A tired German bank employee dozed ...

U.S. toilet restaurant borrows from Taiwan, rides publicity wave

Oct 22, 2013

U.S. toilet restaurant borrows from Taiwan, rides publicity wave

A restaurant billed as America’s first toilet-themed eatery has just opened in a Los Angeles suburb — and is packing in diners after a wave of free publicity. The Magic Restroom Cafe, where customers sit on ceramic bathroom bowls and eat from toilet-shaped tableware, ...