News: Offbeat

Try to spot the romantic couple in this puzzle that's stumping the internet

Thursday  06:26,   15 february 2018
MSN

For Valentine's Day this year, Groupon created a puzzle as part of its Date Night campaign — but it's trickier than you think.From an optical illusion that stumped the internet to this photo of a missing leg, people can't seem to get enough[...]

Hermien, the escaping cow, safe in her forever home

Wednesday  13:46,   14 february 2018
AFP

After two months on the hoof, Hermien the cow, whose bid to flee the slaughter-house warmed Dutch hearts, has been caught and will live out her days in peace. "Hermien is finally at home, after a long, solitary and stressful path to freedom," said[...]

Two brothers and their dogs compete in the Super Bowl of canine competitions

Wednesday  07:17,   14 february 2018
The Washington Post

At Westminster in New York, about 100 kids run around the ring for the junior handler prize.Older brother Cortlund washes his dog, too, and trims her whiskers. His English pointer is allergic to dust, and Icy will break out in hives if she is not[...]

These Fake Flowers Could Help Scientists Study At-Risk Bees

Wednesday  07:16,   14 february 2018
Mental Floss

The devices pump real pollen, which bees can then carry to real plants.As Co.Design reports, Michael Candy's Synthetic Pollenizer is designed to blend into a bee's natural environment. Yellow circles bolted around the opening of the device imitate[...]

Westminster Dog Show delivers cute overload on Twitter

Tuesday  18:31,   13 february 2018
CNET

No cable, no problem. Get your fix of pretty puppers through the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Twitter feed.The @WKCDOGS feed is full to the boop-able snout with candid dog pictures and behind-the-scenes grooming action. Revel in a GIF of a damp[...]

Fla. man builds Intercontinental Ballistic Love Missile for Valentine's Day

Tuesday  18:30,   13 february 2018
USA TODAY

Inside is a love manifesto, complete with "love action ideas": smile often; befriend neighbors; plant a tree; be there for someone. "Imagine a neighborhood, a community, a country, a world where love permeates all beings and things.[...]

Dogs Don Gowns and Tuxedos During Valentine's Day Wedding Ceremony

Tuesday  13:43,   13 february 2018
Inside Edition

The annual event is held to encourage pet owners to spay or neuter their dogs.Dozens of dogs of all ages and breeds donned wedding gowns and tuxedos to tie the knot in a pre-Valentine’s Day celebration over the weekend in Lima,[...]

See If You Can Solve This Tricky Coin-Flipping Riddle

Tuesday  13:43,   13 february 2018
Mental Floss

This impossible-seeming task has a surprisingly simple solution.Here's the scenario: You're an explorer who's just stumbled upon a trove of valuable coins in a remote dungeon. Each coin has a gold side and a silver side, each with an identical[...]

An American says she fell asleep with a headache — and woke up with a British accent

Tuesday  09:47,   13 february 2018
The Washington Post

Only about 60 cases of Foreign Accent Syndrome have been documented — including a Norwegian who sounded German after being struck by shrapnel from a Nazi bomb.Michelle Myers's accent is global, but she has never left the[...]

Fasting or champagne? Valentine's Day, Ash Wednesday in rare confluence

Monday  20:07,   12 february 2018
Reuters

Chocolates and champagne or ashes and fasting? That's the question many Christians will face on Wednesday, when Valentine's Day and the Ash Wednesday holiday marking the start of Lent fall on the same day for the first time since World War[...]

The North Korean Olympic cheerleaders have gone viral

Monday  09:37,   12 february 2018
MSN

<p>North Korean cheerleaders have taken the Winter Olympics by storm thanks to their choreographed routines.</p>The 75-strong group, which have been dubbed "the army of beauties", sing their own songs in unison from the stands complete with[...]

Here Comes the Brrride! Newlyweds Pose for Photos in Front of Snowy Eiffel Tower

Monday  09:37,   12 february 2018
Inside Edition

They made the most of the unexpected cold weather, which has caused huge travel disruptions across France.As heavy snowfall covered Paris, newlyweds Yu Jian and Chen Yiyun posed for stunning images in front of the Eiffel[...]

This artist re-imagines countries as people

Monday  09:37,   12 february 2018
MSN

Anastasia Bulgakova is a Russian digital illustrator and she is behind these incredible works of art of countries as people.&nbsp;She imagined the characters with some stereotypical attributes but also created an imaginative backstory, often[...]

'It's not like darts!' Olympic curlers get prickly

Monday  05:25,   12 february 2018
AFP

Tired of being the butt of jokes, Olympic curlers have hit back over accusations their sport is boring and requires little actual physical effort. An ancient pursuit said to date back to medieval Scotland, where teams armed with brooms furiously rub [...]

Valentine's Day in Full Effect at Detroit Zoo as Animals Are Given Heart-Shaped Treats

Monday  05:25,   12 february 2018
Inside Edition

Each of the animals got special gifts for the holiday.Zookeepers at the facility handed out the special gifts Wednesday as part of the zoo's Heart Fest event. The public was invited to watch as the creatures opened their[...]