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World / Offbeat Jan 4, 2020

Singular 'they' chosen as word of the decade in U.S.

American linguists on Friday chose "they" as their word of the decade, recognizing the growing use of third-person plural pronouns as a singular form to refer to people who identify their sex as neither entirely male nor entirely female. Separately, the American Dialect Society bestowed ...

'Santa' robs Colorado bank, throws money to passersby

World / Offbeat Dec 25, 2019

'Santa' robs Colorado bank, throws money to passersby

A man with a white beard was being held on $10,000 bond for allegedly robbing a Colorado bank and throwing the stolen cash into the air while shouting, "Merry Christmas!" to passersby, police and local media reported on Tuesday. David Wayne Oliver, 65, was arrested ...

World / Offbeat Nov 30, 2019

Asbestos, Quebec, is seeking suggestions for a new town name

The town of Asbestos is moving on from its moniker with a deadly reputation. The community of about 6,800 people in southeastern Quebec is changing its name, dropping the mineral that supported the local economy for decades but is now associated with cancer. In a Facebook ...

Neighbors frown at 'bullying' emoji on California house

World / Offbeat Aug 8, 2019

Neighbors frown at 'bullying' emoji on California house

Emoji have emotions running high in one Southern California seaside enclave. Irate neighbors in Manhattan Beach, south of Los Angeles, are not sure what they hate most about a local house's paint job — the garish pink color, the "bullying" imagery or the fact that ...

'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 ...