Oddities

In this Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2019 handout photo shows Paul Bedard raising a 9-foot alligator over his head at a home in Parkland, Fla. Bedard, a local trapper, removed the nuisance reptile that had jumped into a customers pool. Bedard stars in the Animal Planet show "Gator Boys." (Paul Bedard via AP)
October 17, 2019 - 1:45 pm
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida animal trapper says he corralled a large alligator by playing with it until it got tired after it hopped into a residential swimming pool. Celebrity trapper Paul Bedard, who is contracted with the state's nuisance alligator program, said Thursday that he was...
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In this 2014 photo provided by Ryan Parker, two pigs consume discarded milk at Nights And Weekends Homestead in Newport, Maine. The state of Maine has recently clarified rules about giving food waste to pig farms. (Photo courtesy Ryan Parker)
October 13, 2019 - 10:34 am
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine has decided that eating like a pig could be a good thing, especially for schools looking to cut down on food waste. A law saying schools can give food scraps away to pig farmers is now on the books in the state. The practice of feeding human food waste to pigs goes back...
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Marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya celebrates under the clock after crossing the finish line of the INEOS 1:59 Challenge after 1:59:40 in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. He is the first human ever to run a marathon under two hours. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
October 12, 2019 - 4:29 pm
VIENNA (AP) — Roger Bannister, 1954. Eliud Kipchoge, 2019? Like the sub-four minute mile, running a marathon in less than two hours had seemed impossible — until Saturday. But this time there's an asterisk: Olympic champion Kipchoge performed his feat under conditions so tightly controlled to...
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In this Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 photo provided by the University of Maine, a 25-foot, 5,000-pound patrol boat, center, that was produced using a large polymer 3D printer, behind left, rests on a trailer on the school's campus, in Orono, Maine. The boat was printed at the school's Composites Center on the world's largest polymer 3D printer. (Ron Lisnet/University of Maine via AP)
October 10, 2019 - 12:18 pm
ORONO, Maine (AP) — The world's largest 3D printer and the largest object ever printed have been unveiled at the University of Maine. The university showed off a 25-foot, 5,000-pound boat Thursday that researchers think is just the beginning of the type of product that companies can bring to the...
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This Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, photo provided by Chris Persic shows walnuts and grass under the hood of his family's SUV, in the Pittsburgh area. It turns out squirrels stored more than 200 walnuts under the hood of the car. Persic's wife, Holly, discovered the walnuts and grass when she popped the hood after going to start the car and the vehicle smelled like it was burning. (Chris Persic via AP)
October 09, 2019 - 10:25 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh area couple found out where all their walnuts have gone. It turns out squirrels stored more than 200 of them under the hood of the couple's SUV. Chris Persic tells KDKA-TV his wife called to say the vehicle smelled like it was burning. When she popped the hood, she...
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In this Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 photo, a goat stands in the bathroom of a home in Sullivan Township, Ohio. The goat named "Big Boy," who had escaped from a farm several miles away, was found napping in the bathroom after it broke into the home by ramming through a sliding glass door. (Jenn Keathley via AP)
October 09, 2019 - 8:01 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio homeowner never envisioned becoming semi-famous because of a goat butting its way into her home and taking a nap in her bathroom. "This is the most random story in the world," Jennifer Keathley said Tuesday, breaking out into laughter. The break-in happened Friday when an...
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October 06, 2019 - 9:02 pm
LAKE RONKONKOMA, N.Y. (AP) — A deer crashed through the window of a Long Island hair salon and ran amok before breaking out the front door with a straightening iron in tow. The buck's surprise visit Saturday to the Be.you.tiful salon in Lake Ronkonkoma was captured by the salon's security camera...
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This photo released Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, by the Salem, N.H. Police Department shows a wooden cross with images attached that was suspended between two trees as part in a group of rock configurations called America's Stonehenge in Salem, N.H. The vandalism was reported to the police Sunday by the property's owners. (Salem Police Department via AP)
October 03, 2019 - 5:59 pm
SALEM, N.H. (AP) — Police in New Hampshire say it appears someone used a power tool to vandalize a stone at group of rock configurations called America’s Stonehenge. The vandalism was reported to the Salem police Sunday by the property’s owners. The stone was knocked over. Police also said an 18-...
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October 03, 2019 - 2:53 pm
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. (AP) — A dog that disappeared after the chaos of the natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts a year ago is back in the arms of its owner. Altagracia Baldera tells The Eagle-Tribune that when the explosions shook the Merrimack Valley in September 2018 she evacuated her...
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October 03, 2019 - 11:54 am
BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) — A young moose that got stuck in a New Hampshire swimming pool has been successfully coaxed out. New Hampshire Fish and Game Department biologists and conservation officers were called to a Bedford home Tuesday to help remove the young bull. He was in the water for several hours...
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