Offbeat | Florida woman says toilet explodes after lightning strike

A Florida woman says lightning destroyed her septic tank and caused a toilet in her house to explode. Marylou Ward tells television station WINK News that the sole toilet in her

Offbeat | Illegal trash dumper leaves witty nod to Arlo Guthrie song

Whoever dumped trash at the building made famous in Arlo Guthrie’s 1967 Thanksgiving protest anthem “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” has a sense of humor. The director of what’s now the Guthrie Center

Offbeat | Prince Harry, Meghan’s home renovations cost taxpayers $3M

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s home was renovated with 2.4 million pounds (USD3.06 million) of taxpayers’ money, royal accounts revealed yesterday. Prince Harry and his wife

Offbeat | Wandering horse: Strolling mare causes stir in Frankfurt

Not far from the glass and steel towers of Germany’s banking capital, a 22-year-old Arabian mare is causing a stir with her languid daily strolls through

Offbeat | Beluga whale with Russian harness raises alarm in Norway

A beluga whale found with a tight harness that appeared to be Russian made has raised the alarm of Norwegian officials and prompted speculation that the animal may

Offbeat | 100-year-old yoga instructor keeps moving, dancing

A 100-year-old yoga instructor has no plans to stop practicing and teaching. On a spring day in Hartsdale, a northern suburb of New York City

Offbeat | Man sues parents for getting rid of his vast porn collection

An Indiana man is suing his parents for getting rid of his vast pornography collection, which he estimates is worth USD29,000. The 40-year-old man last

Offbeat | Dentist vows to put racy Easter display back up

A New Jersey dentist who created a racy Easter display is vowing to put it back up after a female neighbor used gardening shears to damage

Offbeat | Prince Harry, Oprah work on mental health program for Apple

Kensington Palace says Britain’s Prince Harry will be partnering with Oprah Winfrey to create a documentary series on mental health for Apple’s new streaming service.

Offbeat | Spectator charged with assaulting WWE star Bret Hart

Bail was set at USD1,500 for Zachary Madsen of Lincoln, Nebraska at a hearing yesterday . The judge also issued orders of protection barring Madsen from

Offbeat | Judge: Animal shelter to keep tiger seized from Houston home

The Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison has looked after the tiger since February, when some people entered the house to smoke marijuana and found

Offbeat | Lithuanian man flies alone on commercial plane to Italy

A Lithuanian man flying to Italy got a pleasant surprise when he boarded the plane: He was the only passenger on the Boeing 737-800. Skirmantas Strimaitis, who

Offbeat | Creepy cargo: Philippines seizes 757 tarantulas from Poland

Philippine customs officials were astonished when they opened nicely gift-wrapped boxes of cookies and oatmeal flown in all the way from Poland and found a hair-raising

Offbeat | Mexican police nab man who tried to rob bank with loader

Prosecutors in the central state of Morelos say the loader had a front bucket as well as a jackhammer the thieves used to destroy the wall

Offbeat | New York City councilman named as world’s tallest politician

A 6-foot-10 (208 centimeters) New York City councilman from Brooklyn has been named tallest politician in the world. Robert Cornegy Jr. (picture, right) was honored for that

Offbeat | Mix-up: British Airways plane lands in Scotland, not Germany

The flight on Monday seemed to go perfectly well, until passengers realized that their plane had landed in both the wrong city and the wrong country. The

Offbeat | Man returns library book 53 years late

A New Jersey man says he has returned an overdue library book — 53 years after he first borrowed the book. Fair Lawn resident Harry Krame says he checked

Offbeat | Firefighter sues, says he grew beard as born-again Christian

A New Jersey firefighter has filed a civil rights lawsuit alleging that he is being forced to shave a beard he says he grew for religious reasons.

Offbeat | Oscars: US Latinas rally around ‘Roma’ actress Yalitza Aparicio

Yalitza Aparicio, the Oscar-nominated, first-time actress in “Roma,” is finding strong support among Mexican-American women who identify with her indigenous roots despite backlash she is receiving in Mexico.

Offbeat | Costume Designers Guild to honor Ruth E. Carter, Glenn Close

Oscar nominees Glenn Close and “Black Panther” costume designer Ruth E. Carter will be honored today at the 21st annual Costume Designers Guild Awards. Close will

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