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'Aphrodisiac' beavers good for food, says Polish minister

World / Offbeat Jun 8, 2019

'Aphrodisiac' beavers good for food, says Polish minister

Beavers could be a good source of food, Poland's agriculture minister said on Friday, after he outraged animal rights activists by joking the aphrodisiac qualities of the rodents' tails could encourage Poles to eat them. Jan Ardanowski made his tongue-in-cheek comment on the tails in ...

Largest uncut diamond in recent history found in Botswana mine

World / Offbeat Apr 26, 2019

Largest uncut diamond in recent history found in Botswana mine

Lucara Diamond Corp. has unearthed the largest uncut diamond in recent history in its Karowe mine in Botswana, the Canadian company said on Thursday, beating its own record discovery from November 2015 that it struggled to sell for nearly two years. The 1,758-carat diamond, larger ...

Paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren dies at 92

World / Offbeat Apr 20, 2019

Paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren dies at 92

Paranormal investigator and author Lorraine Warren, whose decades of ghost-hunting cases with her late husband inspired such frightening films as "The Conjuring" series and "The Amityville Horror," died. She was 92. The Warrens founded the New England Society for Psychic Research in Monroe, Connecticut, in ...

Vulture flies home to Syria from Turkey — by plane

World / Offbeat Apr 13, 2019

Vulture flies home to Syria from Turkey — by plane

A young vulture that got stranded last year in Turkey, more than 2,000 km from her nest, flew home to Serbia on Friday — by plane. Dobrila, a young female griffon vulture, is part of a protected colony of around 70 pairs in western Serbia's ...

Brussels' Manneken-Pis statue becomes a conservation whiz

World / Offbeat Apr 6, 2019

Brussels' Manneken-Pis statue becomes a conservation whiz

Brussels authorities recently discovered that a fault in the 400-year-old plumbing of its Manneken-Pis landmark was causing it to pee away 2.5 tons of water a day. In 2019, such waste is an environmental no-no. A missing part in the guttering under the diminutive statue's fountain ...

Experimental 'cow toilets' aim to cut e-moo-ssions

World / Offbeat Mar 30, 2019

Experimental 'cow toilets' aim to cut e-moo-ssions

A Dutch inventor is banking on a new bovine urinal to help cut emissions that cause environmental damage. Tests have started on a farm in the Netherlands on the device, which collects some of the 15 to 20 liters (4 to 5 gallons) of urine ...