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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 ...

World / Offbeat Mar 14, 2019

Lion on the lam locked up in South African jail

A young lion that had been captured after being on the run for almost a month spent the night in a South African police cell before being moved back to its national park home. The juvenile male apparently escaped from the Karoo National Park through ...

Goat beats dog to become 'mayor' of Vermont town

World / Offbeat Mar 9, 2019

Goat beats dog to become 'mayor' of Vermont town

In a divided America where politics seems increasingly to get people's goat, a small town in Vermont has taken the concept to heart — electing one as mayor. He may be a political novice but the goat's name, Lincoln, brings with it a storied pedigree. And ...

Germans claim record for gathering of Smurfs

World / Offbeat Feb 17, 2019

Germans claim record for gathering of Smurfs

A group of German friends claimed a world record Saturday for the highest number of Smurfs gathered in one place. Fans of the blue elf-like creatures, created in a Belgian comic strip in 1950s, managed to gather 2,762 people dressed and painted blue in the ...