Poop knives, arachnophobic entomologists win 2020 Ig Nobels
Maybe this year's Ig Nobels, the spoof prizes for dubious but humorous scientific achievement, should have been renamed the Ick Nobels.
Dramatic diorama raises ethical issues for Pittsburgh museum
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh museum decided a dramatic diorama that has been on display for more than a century should remain out of public view while it considers ethical issues about its accuracy and appropriateness.
Drone lands in outfield at Wrigley Field, causing delay
CHICAGO (AP) — Umpires hastily cleared the field during a game between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night when a small drone flew into Wrigley Field over the bleachers and landed on the grass in deep left center.
Primate monkeys around with student's phone, takes selfies
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian student whose cellphone was stolen while he was sleeping has tracked down the culprit: a monkey who took photo and video selfies with the device before abandoning it.
Bones to pick, for $8M: Stan the T rex goes up for auction
NEW YORK (AP) — He weighed at least 7 tons and had eyes the size of baseballs. His bite could have crushed a car. He bore scars from fierce prehistoric battles.
Oops: VP Mike Pence missing from some Michigan ballots
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump ... and “Spike?” Local election clerks in Michigan downloading absentee ballots for residents overseas were given ballots that listed Trump's Republican running mate as Jeremy Cohen, who is the Libertarian Party candidate for vice president, the Michigan secretary of state's office said.
Sheriff: Fleeing suspect abandons winning lottery ticket
CANTON, Ga. (AP) — A suspect in Georgia left his good luck behind when he abandoned a winning lottery ticket while fleeing sheriff's deputies.
Grandson of Harding and lover wants president's body exhumed
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The grandson of U.S. President Warren G. Harding and his lover, Nan Britton, went to court in an effort to get the Republican’s remains exhumed from the presidential memorial where they have lain since 1927.
Florida city repeals 13-year ban on saggy pants
OPA-LOCKA, Fla. (AP) — After 13 years, a South Florida city has overturned a ban on “saggy pants” — bottoms that reveal the wearer's underwear.
Spartacus the serval cat found safe after escape from home
MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) — A 40-pound (18-kilogram) African serval cat named Spartacus has been found safe and sound after escaping from his home and spending days in the New Hampshire wild.
Harshmallow: Virus prompts pause for Peeps holiday treats
BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Peeps treats are going on hiatus for several months — another consequence of the coronavirus pandemic. Just Born Quality Confections said it won’t be producing the popular marshmallow sweets for Halloween, Christmas or Valentine’s Day as the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania-based company prepares for next Easter, PennLive.com reports.
Rooftop alphorns power virus-safe concert in Germany
DRESDEN, Germany (AP) — Musicians have taken to the roofs of apartment blocs with alphorns in the German city of Dresden to perform a concert featuring distant harmonies at a time when cultural events have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.
St. Louis Zoo says python laid 7 eggs without male help
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Experts at the St. Louis Zoo are trying to figure out how a 62-year-old ball python laid seven eggs despite not being near a male python for at least two decades.
African serval cat, named Spartacus, missing in NH town
MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) — A 40-pound (18-kilogram) serval cat named Spartacus that was adopted from a zoo four years ago is missing after running away from his New Hampshire home.
Contraband-laden drone snags in prison net; 2 arrested
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A drone carrying marijuana, cigarette lighters and cellphones got caught in a net above a Mississippi prison fence, resulting in the arrest of two men, state corrections officials said.
Letters reveal public distaste for booze in JFK White House
BOSTON (AP) — It was a tempest in a teapot — or, more accurately, a whiskey tumbler. Presidential transitions are always at least a little tricky.
Nearly $500K hidden in furniture seized at Miami airport
MIAMI (AP) — Customs officers at a Florida airport found nearly a half-million dollars being smuggled out of the United States hidden inside furniture, officials said.
Tennessee officials searching for tiger spotted by deputy
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities were searching Thursday morning for a tiger in East Tennessee. A deputy spotted the animal Wednesday night at an industrial park, the Knox County Sheriff's Office said in a statement on social media.
Massive smoke clouds from wildfires darken West Coast sky
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hazy clouds of smoke from dozens of wildfires darkened the sky to an eerie orange glow over much of the West Coast on Wednesday, keeping street lights illuminated during the day and putting residents on edge.
Voter bares arms, and more, after anti-Trump shirt is nixed
EXETER, N.H. (AP) — A voter who was told she couldn’t wear an anti-Trump shirt at a polling place because it violated electioneering rules simply whipped it off and did her civic duty topless.
Dog's bark saved Alabama family as fire swept through home
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A dog has been credited with saving an Alabama family’s lives after his bark awakened them to a fire that was sweeping through their rental home early Tuesday morning.
From heat to snow: Rocky Mountains see 60-degree plunge
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Summer came to an abrupt halt in parts of the Rocky Mountains on Tuesday as temperatures reaching into the 90s plunged about 60 degrees in less than 24 hours, with a powerful surge of cold air from Canada unleashing snow and damaging winds in several states.
You've goat to be kidding: Farm animal eats up police papers
DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia sheriff's deputy delivering civil papers returned to her patrol vehicle to find an eager — and hungry — new driver.
City won't waste John Oliver's donation, on 1 condition
DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut city won't waste an opportunity to get a sizeable donation from comedian John Oliver about a weeks-long joke pertaining to the name of a sewage plant in the area.
Austrian man spends 2.5 hours in box filled with ice cubes
MELK, Austria (AP) — An Austrian man beat his own record for the longest full body contact with ice cubes on Saturday. Josef Koeberl managed to stay 2 hours, 30 minutes and 57 seconds inside a custom-made glass box filled up to his shoulders with ice cubes.