Odd Stories

Seattle parks official warns of seasonal owl attacks

SEATTLE — City officials say they’re not surprised that an owl recently went on the offensive at Seattle’s Discovery Park. Christopher Li says he was walking through the park on Wednesday evening when he suddenly felt sharp claws on the back of his head. Li says he “freaked out” and began screaming and running as the owl chased him. He …

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Prosecutor suspended after pulling gun on fake spiders

LOGAN, W.Va. — An assistant prosecutor in West Virginia has been suspended after pulling a gun and threatening to shoot fake spiders scattered around the office as Halloween decorations. Prosecuting Attorney John Bennett tells media outlets that Chris White informed other employees that he is “deathly afraid of spiders” before threatening to shoot. Bennett says he was out of the …

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Cops: Man does $4K damage to parking meters for $30 in coins

GREENSBURG, Pa. — Police say a Pennsylvania man caused $ 4,000 in damage to parking meters he knocked down for the $ 30 in coins inside. Police say 51-year-old Allen Delgrosso was captured on surveillance video taking the four meters from a Greensburg parking lot Oct. 8. Authorities say Delgrosso backed his truck into a pole holding the meters. They …

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Truck spills 22 tons of pizza dough, flour in Arizona crash

PAGE, Ariz. — A big rig loaded with more than 22 tons of pizza dough and flour has crashed in northern Arizona and spilled a large portion of its cargo. Arizona Department of Public Safety says the semi rolled on its side about 4 a.m. Thursday along a stretch of U.S. 89 near Page. The truck was filled with 44,500 …

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Russian women on space test unworried about absence of men

MOSCOW — Before six Russian women began an eight-day simulation of a voyage to the moon, they had to answer a key question: How could they cope for such a long time without men or makeup? The six women climbed into a mock-up spaceship Wednesday to imitate a lunar flight — an experiment to assess the effects of the confinement …

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Aquarium marks Halloween with underwater jack-o'-lanterns

BOSTON — The New England Aquarium is putting some fright into its sea life by adding underwater jack-o’-lanterns to celebrate Halloween. Aquarium divers on Friday placed carved pumpkins among the coral reefs of the 225,000-gallon giant ocean tank. The big question: Will the vegetable-loving, 560-pound Myrtle the Turtle decide to snack on the jack-o’-lanterns? Myrtle the green sea turtle has …

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Zimbabwean university staffer suspended in Mugabe cap mishap

By FARAI MUTSAKA, Associated Press HARARE, Zimbabwe — For Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe, one size does not fit all. A senior staffer at the University of Zimbabwe has been suspended for allegedly procuring academic caps for Mugabe that were too small for his head, according to court papers filed this week. The longtime leader ended up wearing a mortarboard that …

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97-year-old Michigan woman receives high school diploma

WALKER, Mich. — A 97-year-old woman has received an honorary diploma from a Michigan high school, eight decades after she was forced to drop out to help her family. Margaret Thome Bekema finally was able to don a mortarboard and fulfill her lifelong goal in front of her friends and family on Thursday. School administrators from Catholic Central High School …

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Witch wins protective order against warlock in Salem court

BOSTON — A Salem witch has won a protective court order against a warlock she accuses of harassing her. The Boston Globe reported that a judge granted the order to witch priestess Lori Sforza, who accused self-proclaimed warlock Christian Day of harassing her over the phone and Internet for years. Both sides testified in court Wednesday. Sforza testified that Day …

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'I boo': Couple gets married at haunted theme park

More on this LITCHFIELD, N.H. — The bridesmaids wore black and the flower girl showed up in a skeleton costume at a wedding held at a haunted theme park in New Hampshire. Melissa Cote and Tom Cowern, who both work at SpookyWorld/Nightmare New England in Litchfield, tied the knot Monday night in front of the attraction’s haunted house. Cote wore …

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