Thursday, December 2, 2021

Odd Stories

South African woman celebrates 100th birthday with a skydive

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Celebrating her 100th birthday with a parachute jump is not enough for South African Georgina Harwood. She plans to make her centenary even more exciting by doing a shark cage dive on Monday. Her birthday skydive was a tandem jump in which she was in harness with another person. The jump took place Saturday near …

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Going full circle for math and pastries on a special Pi Day

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer WASHINGTON — Saturday is the day when love of math and a hankering for pastry come full circle. Saturday is Pi Day, a once-in-a-year calendar date that this time squares the fun with a once-in-a-century twist. Saturday is 3-14-15, the first five digits of the mathematical constant pi: 3.141592653. The best times to celebrate …

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Wildlife officers resuscitate poached sturgeon in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — State wildlife officers resuscitated a 66-inch sturgeon and cited the man who pulled the fish from the Sacramento River. Janice Mackey of the Department of Fish and Wildlife said Thursday that officers spotted the suspected poacher along the river near Clarksburg last week. The man hooked a very large fish and drove off with it in the …

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Huge ice chunks are giving parts of Cape Cod an arctic vibe

By STEPHAN SAVOIA, Associated Press WELLFLEET, Mass. — Parts of Cape Cod look a little bit like the Arctic Circle this week. Icebergs aren’t a common sight in Massachusetts, but massive chunks of ice have washed up on some beaches — and they’re drawing curious onlookers. Children have been climbing some of the icy mammoths that cropped up along Duck …

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Dieting dachshund in Ohio goes from obese to svelte

By MITCH STACY, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — Once a wanton wiener dog, Dennis went on a diet and is now a happy shadow of his former self after losing more than 75 percent of his body weight. Less than two years ago, Dennis weighed in at a whopping 56 pounds — about the size of four or five miniature …

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Passing cars pick up some pot bales tossed from fleeing SUV

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. — An Arizona sheriff’s department says some of the marijuana bales that suspects tossed out of an SUV during a high-speed chase last week got picked up by passing vehicles. Dash-cam video released by the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office shows many of the 21 bales of pot inside the SUV flying out a window and onto roadways …

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Firefighters use Jaws of Life to rescue trapped dog

More on this OCEANSIDE, Calif. — Authorities in Southern California say fire crews used the Jaws of Life to save a dog that wiggled between two storage containers at an elementary school. San Diego television station KNSD reports (http://bit.ly/1AaIK9O ) a 12-year-old Rhodesian ridgeback got himself stuck around noon Sunday while playing with kids at the school playground in Oceanside. …

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Police: Woman got naked at Dunkin’ Donuts on a dare

More on this GREENACRES, Fla. — A 32-year-old woman told police in Florida she got naked and sat outside a Dunkin’ Donuts as a dare. The Palm Beach Post (http://pbpo.st/1EQc0sF) reports Shakara Monik Martin was arrested Sunday in Greenacres near West Palm Beach. According to a police report, Martin told authorities the dare was part of a pledge to a …

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