'Red love': Hundreds of redheads gather in western France

World / Offbeat Aug 26, 2018

'Red love': Hundreds of redheads gather in western France

Ginger, auburn, strawberry blonde; all types of redheads turned out in the hundreds in western France on Saturday for the first "Red Love" festival. "I was born red, I will stay red and I am beautiful like everyone around me," declared Simon, a 32-year-old farm ...

RIP: World's Ugliest Dog dead at age 9

World / Offbeat Jul 11, 2018

RIP: World's Ugliest Dog dead at age 9

Zsa Zsa's 15 minutes in the limelight are over: The copiously drooling English bulldog — named the World's Ugliest Dog just weeks ago — has died. The 9-year-old canine died in her sleep Tuesday morning, owner Megan Brainard of Anoka, Minnesota told U.S. media. "I'm in ...

Asia Pacific / Offbeat Apr 29, 2018

Fruit's pungent smell mistaken for gas leak, prompts panic

The pungent smell of the rotten durian fruit at an Australian university library has been mistaken for a gas leak, prompting an evacuation of the building. Specialist crews wearing masks searched the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology university campus library Saturday, but all they found ...

Toilet paper crisis in Taiwan sparks government intervention

Asia Pacific Feb 27, 2018

Toilet paper crisis in Taiwan sparks government intervention

Taiwan's premier is urging the public to avoid hoarding toilet paper after a reported spike in prices by manufacturers spurred a run on supermarket supplies. The island's government is monitoring distributors and retailers for signs of price manipulation after local media said major toilet-paper brands ...

World / Offbeat Feb 21, 2018

German newspaper gets dog registered as a Social Democrat

Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) were forced on Tuesday to declare that a 3-year-old dog called Lima would not be allowed to vote with party members on a coalition deal with Angela Merkel's conservatives, despite joining the party. The top-selling Bild daily splashed a photo of ...