Oddities

Skiers and a snowboarder dressed Santa Claus ride the chairlift at Sunday River during the ski resort's 18th annual Santa Sunday event, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Newry, Maine. In the name of charity, 160 skiing and snowboarding Santas raised $2,500 for the Sunday River Community Fund, a fund that benefits non-profits in area communities. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
December 03, 2017 - 1:46 pm
NEWRY, Maine (AP) — Santa Claus is known for shimmying down chimneys, but for one day a year, dozens of Santas try to avoid tumbling down a mountain. The 18th annual Santa event took place at Sunday River ski resort in western Maine on Sunday. The event is highlighted by Santas skiing and...
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December 02, 2017 - 6:37 pm
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — An opossum that apparently drank bourbon after breaking into a Florida liquor store sobered up at a wildlife rescue center and was released unharmed. Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge officials say the opossum was brought in by a Fort Walton Beach, Florida, police officer...
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In this image taken early Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, Alex Bowen poses in the kitchen at a Waffle House in West Columbia, S.C. When Bowen found the only worker at the empty South Carolina Waffle House asleep, he took his meal into his own hands. Bowen chronicled with selfies how he made his own double Texas bacon cheese steak melt on Facebook
December 02, 2017 - 2:56 pm
WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — When a man found the only worker at an empty South Carolina Waffle House asleep, he took his meal into his own hands. On Facebook , Alex Bowen chronicled with selfies how he made his own double Texas bacon cheese steak melt at the famous Southern 24-7 diner around 2 a.m...
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December 02, 2017 - 12:37 pm
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — An opossum that apparently drank bourbon after breaking into a Florida liquor store sobered up at a wildlife rescue center and was released unharmed. Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge officials say the opossum was brought in by a Fort Walton Beach, Florida, police officer...
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December 02, 2017 - 11:12 am
WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — When a man found the only worker at an empty South Carolina Waffle House asleep, he took his meal into his own hands. On Facebook , Alex Bowen chronicled with selfies how he made his own double Texas bacon cheese steak melt at the famous Southern 24-7 diner around 2 a.m...
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In this Nov. 3, 2017 photo provided by the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center is a gigantic deep terra-cotta-colored head that was found recently during an excavation of the buried movie set from the 1923 Cecil B. DeMille epic film "The Ten Commandments," in Guadalupe, Calif. The 300-pound sphinx is the second recovered from the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes. After the filming DeMille ordered everything buried in the dunes 175 miles northwest of Los Angeles. (Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center via AP)
December 01, 2017 - 7:21 pm
GUADALUPE, Calif. (AP) — Archaeologists working in sand dunes on the central California coast have dug up an intact plaster sphinx that was part of an Egyptian movie set built more than 90 years ago for Cecil B. DeMille's epic "The Ten Commandments." The 300-pound sphinx is the second recovered...
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November 30, 2017 - 7:29 pm
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's capital city said merci via Skype on Thursday to a French city it's named after for some misspelled soccer jerseys that were sent its way. Montpellier, France, ordered jerseys for its professional soccer team and fans but the jerseys came in misspelled, with just...
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November 30, 2017 - 7:16 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Superstitious construction workers have placed a small statue of Philadelphia's founder atop the city's newest skyscraper in an effort to save the NFL-leading Philadelphia Eagles from a fabled jinx. Philly.com reports the William Penn figurine was affixed to the Comcast tower's...
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November 30, 2017 - 6:23 pm
WINDSOR, Va. (AP) — A video of a beagle at a Virginia animal shelter scaling her cage to escape has generated calls of interest from across the country. Emily Glickman, a caretaker at the shelter in Windsor, said by phone Thursday that its new owner plans to take her home Friday. The adopter...
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November 30, 2017 - 6:22 pm
ENTERPRISE, Miss. (AP) — A deer darted through two hallways of a Mississippi school, startling students as they were arriving for the day. People jumped out of the way and no one was injured. Enterprise Middle School is in a rural, wooded area about 100 miles (161 kilometers) east of Jackson...
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