News: Offbeat

Liquid cats, crocodile bets and didgeridoos win Ig Nobel science prizes

Friday  07:47,   15 september 2017
Reuters

<p>Scientists taking on the deep questions of whether cats are liquid or solid, how holding a crocodile influences gambling and whether playing the didgeridoo can help cure snoring were honored Thursday at the Ig Nobel Prize spoof[...]

Monet's 'secret' art collection on show for first time

Friday  07:16,   15 september 2017
AFP

French art historians spent four years tracking down the startling collection of work by contemporaries including Renoir, Cezanne, Pissarro and Delacroix that Monet secretly bought. "I am selfish. My collection is for myself only... and for a few[...]

Evidence of 'night parrot', one of world's rarest birds, found in Australia

Thursday  20:09,   14 september 2017
AFP

A feather from one of the most elusive birds in the world has been found in South Australia, the first proof in more than a century that it lives there, wildlife experts said Thursday.&nbsp;The "night parrot" ranks among the world's rarest avian [...]

'Extinct' giant tortoise to be bred in captivity

Thursday  16:24,   14 september 2017
Relaxnews (AFP)

A species of Galapagos giant tortoise thought to have been made extinct 150 years ago will be bred in captivity, officials said, after DNA studies showed specimens discovered in the last decade shared similar genetic makeup.&nbsp;&nbsp;The[...]

This Woman Used Public Money to Buy Her Dog a Tiny Tuxedo. No One's Even Mad.

Thursday  16:01,   14 september 2017
Time

An Arkansas woman has pleaded guilty to using public funds for her personal benefit, purchasing, among other things, tickets to sporting events, household goods, a diamond bracelet, and a tiny tuxedo for her pet dog.&nbsp;According to the[...]

Well-Dressed Pups Strut the Catwalk at This Dog-Centric New York Fashion Week Show

Thursday  10:33,   14 september 2017
Inside Edition

Fashion designer Anthony Rubio's 6-year-old Chihuahua, Kimba, stole the show in his two-piece Swarovski tuxedo. This New York Fashion Week runway show has gone to the dogs.Kimba, a 6-year-old Chihuahua; Wyatt, a 2-year-old poodle; and Rex, a[...]

This Guy Just Proved How Much He Really, Really Wants The New iPhone

Thursday  10:33,   14 september 2017
Refinery29

While everyone was refreshing their feeds or glued to Apple's keynote presentation yesterday, Mazen Kourouche was already a step ahead.&nbsp;While everyone was refreshing their feeds or glued to Apple's keynote presentation yesterday, Mazen[...]

'Backpack Kid' Takes Times Square by Storm While Showing Off His Signature Moves

Thursday  10:33,   14 september 2017
Inside Edition

Hundreds of his followers packed into the Crossroads of the World to dance with the unlikely star. The Georgia teenager who catapulted to fame as “Backpack Kid” after sharing the Saturday Night Live stage with Katy Perry is back in New York — and[...]

This Hotel Offers The Ultimate In Sweet Dreams: A 10-Pound Doughnut

Thursday  10:33,   14 september 2017
HuffPost

When it comes to dinosaur-sized desserts, this 10-pound doughnut really takes the cake. The prodigious pastry is part of a “DoNut Disturb” package being offered by The J.W. Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, California.Guests[...]

Identical twins give birth hours apart

Thursday  05:30,   14 september 2017
CBS News

The twin sisters gave birth in adjoining rooms at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MassachusettsAccording to Mount Auburn Hospital, Rachael McGeoch and Beccy Pistone were excited when they found out their due dates were only 13 days[...]

Meet the 12-Year-Old Boy Who Makes Surreal-Looking Dolls Using Found Materials

Thursday  05:29,   14 september 2017
Mental Floss

Some dolls are cutesy, but not Callum Grujicich's fantastical creations.Some dolls are cutesy, but not Callum Donovan-Grujicich's fantastical creations. As Bored Panda reports, the 12-year-old artist from Whitby, Ontario crafts tiny,[...]

'Hot cops' selfie prompts women to ask for arrests

Thursday  05:29,   14 september 2017
Sky News

A picture posted by Florida police officers has prompted women from all over the US to seriously consider breaking the law. After three male officers from Gainesville Police Department uploaded the picture to Facebook on Sunday, comments praising[...]

Japanese firm to offer 'drive-thru' funeral service

Wednesday  20:45,   13 september 2017
AFP

A Japanese funeral parlour is set to offer relatives the chance to pay their final respects to deceased loved ones without leaving the comfort of their cars. The firm claims that the "drive-thru" service is a first in Japan, where a rapidly ageing[...]

Portable Czech brewery brings home-made beer garden dreams a step closer

Wednesday  20:17,   13 september 2017
Reuters

For beer lovers who dream of brewing their own pint, a portable brewery from the Czech Republic may be just the thing - if they have $124,000 to spare. Fitting into a standard shipment container, the "Smart Brewery" made in Prague by the Well[...]

YuMi the robot conducts Verdi with Italian orchestra

Wednesday  20:17,   13 september 2017
Reuters

YuMi the humanoid robot showed no signs of nerves on Tuesday night as it raised its baton to conduct the Lucca Philharmonic orchestra alongside Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli. The two-armed robot, designed by Swiss firm ABB, made its debut at Pisa's[...]