Odd & Interesting

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Facial recognition technology is mostly associated with uses such as surveillance and the authentication of human faces, but a group of scientists believe they’ve found a new use for it: saving seals.

By Associated Press November 24, 2022
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The company that makes Jack Daniel's is howling mad over a squeaking dog toy that parodies the whiskey's signature bottle. Now, the liquor company is barking at the door of the Supreme Court.

By JESSICA GRESKO Associated Press November 20, 2022
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The California house where Steve Jobs co-founded Apple is a historical site, and now the sandals he wore while pacing its floors have been sold for nearly $220,000, according to an auction house.

By Associated Press November 19, 2022
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The election to fill a city council seat in a Michigan town was settled by drawing two pieces of paper from a bowl, days after a 616-616 tie.

By Associated Press November 17, 2022
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The National Toy Hall of Fame’s new honorees include an object dating to ancient times, a line of muscle-bound action figures and an iconic art set whose medium is colorful pegs.

By Associated Press November 13, 2022
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Facial hair enthusiasts claimed to have set a new world record for longest beard chain during an event in Wyoming on Friday, the Casper Star-Tribune reports.

By Associated Press November 12, 2022
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A Tyrannosaurus rex skull unearthed in South Dakota is expected to sell for $15 million or more at auction in New York next month, officials with Sotheby’s said this week.

By Associated Press November 11, 2022
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Better catch the moon’s disappearing act Tuesday — there won’t be another like it for three years.

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer November 6, 2022
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Hundreds of cats have long slinked through the cobblestone streets of Puerto Rico’s historic district, stopping for the occasional pat on the head as delighted tourists and residents snap pictures and offer bits of food.

By Associated Press November 3, 2022
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Larry, a 71-year-old retired insurance broker and Donald Trump fan from Alabama, wouldn't be likely to run into the liberal Emma, a 25-year-old graphic designer from New York City, on social media — even if they were both real.

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer November 1, 2022
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A young bar-tailed godwit appears to have set a non-stop distance record for migratory birds by flying at least 8,435 miles from Alaska to the Australian state of Tasmania, a bird expert said Friday.

By Associated Press October 30, 2022
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Imagine a foodie heaven with plenty of Michelin-starred restaurants. And a love dogs. It might come as no surprise that an entrepreneur has decided to combine the two passions.

By Associated Press October 28, 2022
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A 19-year-old South Florida man captured 28 Burmese pythons during a 10-day competition that was created to increase awareness about the threats the invasive snakes pose to the state’s ecology.

October 27, 2022
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Archaeologists in northern Iraq last week unearthed 2,700-year-old rock carvings featuring war scenes and trees from the Assyrian Empire, an archaeologist said Wednesday.

October 27, 2022
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A Massachusetts woman who released a hive of bees on sheriff’s deputies as they tried to serve an eviction notice is facing multiple assault and battery charges, authorities said.

By Associated Press October 23, 2022
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Han Solo may be a hunk. But "Pan Solo" is a hunk of bread.

October 15, 2022
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Some 477 pilot whales have died after stranding themselves on two remote New Zealand beaches over recent days, officials say.

By Associated Press October 12, 2022
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The world’s first space tourist has signed up to spin around the moon aboard Elon Musk’s Starship.

By Associated Press October 12, 2022
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A horticulture teacher from Minnesota has set a new U.S. record for the heaviest pumpkin after raising a giant gourd weighing 2,560 pounds.

By Associated Press October 12, 2022
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A New York City man has been charged with smuggling three Burmese pythons in his pants at a U.S-Canadian border crossing.

By Associated Press October 9, 2022
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When it comes to inspiration, the Wildcats could do worse than look to Ruschel’s own story, and the path that brought him to a small, vocational-minded school in the wide shadow cast by nearby NCAA power North Dakota State ... at the age of 49.

By Associated Press October 7, 2022
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A 2,554-pound pumpkin grown in upstate New York has set a new U.S. record for the heaviest.

By Associated Press October 4, 2022
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The unveiling of a futuristic luxury model home on Panama’s Caribbean coast tanked Thursday when the SeaPod Eco prototype perched above the water on a column slumped onto an adjacent dock.

By Associated Press October 3, 2022
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A cow herd in Germany has gained an unlikely following, after adopting a lone wild boar piglet.

By Associated Press September 30, 2022
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The sex lives of constipated scorpions, cute ducklings with an innate sense of physics, and a life-size rubber moose may not appear to have much in common, but they all inspired the winners of this year’s Ig Nobels, the prize for comical scientific achievement.

By Associated Press September 18, 2022

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