Be Kind, Please Rewind: Oregon Blockbuster is last on Earth

Business 03/17/19, 23:55

There are challenges that come with running the last Blockbuster Video on the planet.The computer system must be rebooted using floppy disks that only the general manager — a solid member of Gen X — knows how to use. The dot-matrix printer broke, so employees write out membership cards by ...

Moving day: Bear family living in highway median relocated

Amazing 03/14/19, 12:08

A portion of a Massachusetts highway was shut down while state wildlife officials moved a family of bears that had set up a den in the median. State police shut down a stretch of Route 2 in Templeton on Thursday morning while state environmental police tranquilized the mother bear and relocated ...

Germany: Crematorium goes up in flames, bodies survive

Amazing 03/14/19, 04:44

A fire at a crematorium in southern Germany has caused significant damage to the building — but the 20 bodies stored inside remained intact.German news agency dpa reported Thursday that the cause of the overnight fire in Schwaebisch Hall, about 175 kilometers (110 miles) southeast of Frankfurt, was still being ...

Woman picks matching numbers 30 times to win lottery game

Amazing 03/12/19, 10:03

A Virginia woman parlayed a feeling to purchase 30 lottery tickets with the same numbers to win $150,000.Deborah Brown says she purchased 20 Pick 4 tickets with the numbers 1-0-3-1 after seeing those numbers "a couple of times during the day." She then bought 10 more because she was really ...

Michigan man receives congratulatory telegram 50 years later

U.S. 03/09/19, 12:14

A man who graduated from the University of Michigan in 1969 has finally received a congratulatory telegram from family friends that was sent more than 50 years ago. Robert Fink received the Western Union telegram this year. Western Union ended its telegram business in 2006. The Washington Post first reported on ...

Surrogate bonds with baby gorilla rejected by mother

U.S. 03/08/19, 10:30

A 30-year-old gorilla at a Florida zoo has become a surrogate mother to a baby gorilla whose mother hasn't shown sufficient interest in her baby.Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens spokeswoman JJ Vitale tells the Florida Times-Union that Bulera began holding 5-month-old Gandai as soon as they were introduced on Feb. 27. ...

Mystery Good Samaritan enables man’s $273M lottery win

U.S. 03/07/19, 16:49

An unemployed New Jersey man who won last Friday's $273 million Mega Millions jackpot said he wants to reward the mystery person who returned the tickets to a store where he'd left them a day earlier. Mike Weirsky said at a news conference with lottery officials Thursday that he bought the ...

A nanny state? Vermont town elects goat as honorary mayor

Amazing 03/07/19, 15:49

A 3-year-old Nubian goat named Lincoln is poised to become the first honorary pet mayor of the small Vermont town of Fair Haven.The nanny goat was chosen this week by townspeople for the one-year post at the community's Town Meeting Day. Lincoln takes office Tuesday.The ballot of 16 pets was ...

Sinkhole opens at Kentucky zoo; no animals or people hurt

Amazing 03/06/19, 19:41

A Kentucky zoo has closed while engineers study a newly discovered sinkhole nearly as large as a football field.Louisville Zoo spokeswoman Kyle Shepherd told news outlets the sinkhole was found Wednesday in an undeveloped area away from any zoo animals. She said no people or animals were reported injured and ...

Over 1,500 turtles found inside luggage in Philippines

Enviroment 03/05/19, 07:22

Philippine authorities said Monday that they found more than 1,500 live turtles stuffed inside luggage at Manila's airport.The various types of turtles were found Sunday inside four pieces of left-behind luggage of a Filipino passenger arriving at Ninoy Aquino International Airport on a Philippine Airlines flight from Hong Kong, Customs ...

Cat that has lived in Alaska general store is being evicted

Health 03/01/19, 14:50

HOMER, Alaska (AP) — A cat named Stormy that has spent more than six years as a fixture in a remote Alaska general store is being forced out after officials notified the store owners that the cat’s presence violates food safety standards. The Fritz Creek General Store near the small city ...

Animal saved from icy Estonian river turns out to be a wolf

Europe 02/24/19, 09:05

Estonian construction workers got the shock of their lives when they found out the animal they saved from an icy river was not a dog but a wolf.Rando Kartsepp, Robin Sillamae and Erki Vali told the Postimees newspaper they were working at the Sindi dam on the frozen Parnu River ...

Giant wooden troll is returning to Colorado ski town

Amazing 02/23/19, 21:39

A huge wooden troll will be reincarnated in a Colorado ski town, although it's unclear what it will look like or where it will sit. The Summit Daily reported Friday that Breckenridge officials have a deal with Danish artist Thomas Dambo to rebuild his troll this spring. It was erected beside ...

Moove on: No more ‘cow-tipping’ shirts at Oklahoma airport

Amazing 02/22/19, 17:46

The mayor of Oklahoma City is celebrating the completion of a personal mission: ridding the city's airport of cow-tipping T-shirts.Mayor David Holt said on his Twitter account Thursday that after months of trying to end sales of shirts reading "Nothing Tips Like A Cow" at Will Rogers World Airport, the ...

Snowman builders aim for big money in video contest

Europe 02/21/19, 13:05

Building a snowman isn't always just a way to while away a long winter. For some people in Russia and Ukraine, it's a way to possibly earn some significant money.The YouTube channel SlivkiShow, popular among Russian-speakers with more than 12 million subscribers, launched some elaborate construction efforts last month by ...

Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

California 02/21/19, 10:21

Zebra stripes are dazzling — particularly to flies.That's the conclusion of scientists from the University of Bristol and the University of California at Davis who dressed horses in black-and-white striped coats to help determine why zebras have stripes.The researchers found that fewer horseflies landed on the bedecked horses than on ...

Dog reunited with family 101 days after California wildfire

California 02/19/19, 18:10

A dog named Kingston is back with his family 101 days after he jumped out of their truck as they fled a devastating Northern California wildfire. The 12-year-old Akita was reunited Monday with the Ballejos family, who fled the town of Paradise late last year, Sacramento television station KXTV reported . "When ...

Woman finds tiger in house, tells dispatch: ‘I’m not lying’

Texas 02/13/19, 17:57

A woman who called Houston's non-emergency dispatch line after discovering a tiger inside a cage at an abandoned home told the shocked dispatcher: "I'm not lying." The Houston Chronicle obtained a recording of the call after animal rescue workers found the well-fed animal resting on a bed of hay Monday inside ...

Purse lost in school in the 1950s to be reunited with owner

Science 02/13/19, 11:06

A purse containing a prom invitation, photos and other items from 1950s America will be returned to its now 82-year-old owner after workers found it while demolishing part of an Indiana high school.Martha Everett lost the black stitched purse more than six decades ago. Workers found it in January behind ...

NY woman resorts to baseball bat after patty not available

New York 02/09/19, 16:54

A woman who couldn't get a beef patty at a favorite New York eatery used a baseball bat in protest.On Saturday, police released surveillance video of the woman in action in the Bronx — smashing a restaurant's windows after learning the eatery had run out of her favorite food.Police say ...

End of content

No more pages to load