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World / Offbeat Dec 6, 2018

Boy overturns Colorado town's ban on snowball fights

A 9-year-old boy has thrown his first snowball — legally — after a battle to overturn a century-old ordinance banning snowball fights in the small Colorado town of Severance. Dane Best said he decided to take on local authorities and persuade them to change the ...

World / Offbeat Dec 2, 2018

Suitor drops engagement ring into grate in Times Square

New York City police sought on Saturday for an unlucky suitor who dropped an engagement ring down a Times Square grating while proposing to his fiancee. Video shared on social media by the New York Police Department showed the man fumble the ring before lying ...

Huge lizard that terrified Florida neighborhood caught

World / Offbeat Nov 9, 2018

Huge lizard that terrified Florida neighborhood caught

Florida authorities have caught a huge lizard that terrified residents of a suburban Miami neighborhood for months. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Thursday the Asian water monitor lizard measures more than 8 feet (2.5 meters) long. The lizard is an escaped pet. It ...

South Africans make bricks from human urine

World / Offbeat Nov 3, 2018

South Africans make bricks from human urine

South African researchers have made bricks using human urine in a process that could one day help reduce global warming emissions by finding a productive use for the waste product. The gray bricks are produced in a lab over eight days using urine, calcium, sand ...

To the roo-scue! Kangaroo caught in surf saved with CPR

World / Offbeat Oct 28, 2018

To the roo-scue! Kangaroo caught in surf saved with CPR

A kangaroo that hopped into the sea for a dip at a Melbourne beach had to be rescued by Australian police and brought back to life with CPR, officers said Sunday. Officers were called to Safety Beach in Melbourne on Saturday afternoon amid reports the ...

Balkan chefs break pancake record

World / Offbeat Oct 27, 2018

Balkan chefs break pancake record

A team of Balkan chefs rustled up a record number of a pancakes on Friday, making 14,186 in eight hours at Sarajevo's tourist fair. Using 300 liters of oil, 600 kilograms of flour and 400 liters of milk, the 140 cooks from Bosnia, Serbia, Macedonia, ...

Possible world's oldest woman turns 118 in Bolivia

World / Offbeat Oct 27, 2018

Possible world's oldest woman turns 118 in Bolivia

The oldest woman in Bolivia, and perhaps the world, turned 118 on Friday, remaining lucid and in good health, authorities in the South American country said. Julia Flores was born in 1900 in a Quechua family in the mining region of Potosi in the country's ...

Same-sex penguin couple become parents in Australia

World / Offbeat Oct 26, 2018

Same-sex penguin couple become parents in Australia

Two male penguins who paired up as a "same-sex couple" have incubated a baby chick and are "doting" on their tiny offspring, an Australian aquarium announced Friday. Gentoo penguins Sphen and Magic are happily "taking turns caring for their baby chick," born on October 19 ...

Carrot nanomaterial found to make cement stronger and greener

World / Offbeat Oct 20, 2018

Carrot nanomaterial found to make cement stronger and greener

Crunchy and tasty, yes, but could carrots also strengthen cement and cut carbon dioxide emissions for the building industry? A group of researchers at Britain's Lancaster University has been using a household food blender to mix particles from the root vegetable with concrete to see ...

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