Thursday, January 20, 2022

Odd Stories

Romanian music fest gives free tickets in exchange for blood

BUCHAREST, Romania — Romania is tapping into the Dracula legend, offering concert-goers free tickets in exchange for their blood. The campaign is part of a push to increase blood donations in a country where only 1.7 percent of the people donate blood. Adrian Chereji, marketing director for the UNTOLD Festival, said Monday the “Pay with Blood” campaign, jointly organized with …

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Beijing police detain 4 for sex video that spread online

BEIJING — Four people have been detained in connection with a sex video purportedly taken inside a Uniqlo fitting room that spread rapidly online, Beijing police said. They were detained on suspicion of spreading obscene content, according to a police statement late Sunday. Police said they were still investigating the couple who can be seen in the cellphone video apparently …

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Suspect leads police on slow-speed scooter chase in Nevada

More on this CARSON CITY, Nev. — A suspected drug dealer tried to evade authorities in Nevada while riding a scooter. The Nevada Appeal reports (http://bit.ly/1feemsn) that Joseph Scurti is facing charges including suspicion of a parole and probation warrant and probation violation. Obstruction charges are pending. The slow-speed pursuit began Friday when Carson City deputies tried to pull Scurti …

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Texas man navigates traffic while filming wife giving birth

HOUSTON — Video shows a Houston-area man filming his wife giving birth to their 10-pound baby son next to him as he drives through traffic in an unsuccessful effort to reach a birthing center in time. Jonathan and Lesia Pettijohn were stuck in traffic for more than an hour this week when her water broke, forcing her to self-deliver their …

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Police kill cow on Farrington Highway, cause traffic jam

More on this HONOLULU — Honolulu police shot and killed a cow that had escaped its pasture and was wandering around the Farrington Highway, causing major delays. The brown cow was reported around 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Drivers watched the animal cross lanes through traffic and charge at several people. Officers fired three shots at the cow after it had been …

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Los Angeles burglar records video selfie with victim's phone

LOS ANGELES — Authorities in Los Angeles are looking for a burglar who accidentally made a selfie with his victim’s iPhone. Police say the thief entered a home in the Venice area through an unlocked door Saturday and grabbed the phone, but he accidentally activated a video app. The crook briefly recorded himself standing in the living room before he …

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Police: Man uninjured after being run over by freight train

SCHAGHTICOKE, N.Y. — State police say a man escaped injury after being run over by a freight train while sleeping in the middle of railroad tracks in an upstate New York town. Troopers say 38-year-old Aaron Collins of Stillwater was highly intoxicated when he went to sleep Wednesday night on tracks in the Rensselaer (rehn-suh-LEER’) County town of Schaghticoke (SKA’-tih-kohk), …

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Vegas weddings decline; officials consider more advertising

More on this LAS VEGAS — At its peak, Las Vegas was home to one out of every 20 weddings in the United States. That number, however, has been dropping. The Las Vegas Sun reports (http://bit.ly/1JhLh7d ) that nearly 47,000 fewer couples were married in the city’s little white chapels than a decade ago, despite record numbers of tourists flooding …

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Scientists in Oregon develop bacon-flavored seaweed

PORTLAND, Ore. — What grows quickly, is packed with protein, has twice the nutritional value of kale and tastes like bacon? The answer, according to scientists at Oregon State University, is a new strain of seaweed they recently patented. Dulse is a form of edible seaweed that grows wild along the Pacific and Atlantic coastlines. It’s harvested and commonly used …

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Netanyahu gets yearbook from his Pennsylvania high school

More on this CHELTENHAM, Pa. — Some suburban Philadelphia high school alumni say they’ve sent a 1960s yearbook to one of their most famous classmates, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH’-hoo). The Philadelphia Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1K7Cp9M ) classmates from Cheltenham High School’s Class of 1973 sent Netanyahu his 1967 yearbook. Netanyahu left school around the time of the Six-Day …

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