Offbeat | Animal shelter says ‘world’s worst cat’ is up for adoption

The “world’s worst cat” is available for adoption — just ask the Mitchell County Animal Rescue organization in North Carolina. The shelter about 55 miles (89 kilometers) northeast of Asheville is

Offbeat | Cold-stunned iguanas expected to fall from Florida trees

The National Weather Service routinely warns people about falling rain, snow and hail, but temperatures are dropping so low in South Florida the forecasters warned residents Tuesday about falling iguanas. “This

Offbeat | Prankster appears in Australia court for driving flooded car

A social media prankster appeared in an Australian court on Wednesday charged in relation to driving a car full of water to a liquor store during a heat

Offbeat | Not easy being green: North Carolina dog births unique puppy

The Avengers may have gained a canine sidekick after a North Carolina family’s dog gave birth to a bright green puppy named “Hulk.” Gypsy, a white shepherd owned by Haywood County

Offbeat | SUV on grounds of Beijing’s Forbidden City sparks outrage

A Chinese woman sparked social media outrage in her country by posting photos of herself and a friend with a Mercedes-Benz on the grounds of Beijing’s Forbidden City. The reaction

Offbeat | ‘Send Nudes’: Drivers shocked by road sign’s racy request

Drivers traveling along a Kentucky highway didn’t have to check their direct messages to receive the infamous sexting request: send nudes. An electronic road sign that was hacked asked drivers on

Offbeat | Group hopes to prevent ‘opossum dropping’ on New Year’s Eve

A movement is growing in North Carolina to prevent the act of so-called “opossum dropping.” The practice involves suspending an opossum in a transparent box on New Year’s Eve and slowly

Offbeat | Man breaks into Taco Bell, prepares food, takes nap

Taco Bell wasn’t open on Christmas Day but a burglar in Georgia decided he wanted a festive feast anyway — and to take a nap while he was at it. Police

Offbeat | Man gets arrested in attempt to support jailed lover

Authorities in Kentucky say they’ve arrested a man who wanted to go to jail to support his jailed girlfriend. Raymond Pace, 47, was charged with offenses including possession of methamphetamine, heroin

Offbeat | Two men accused of gluing winning numbers onto lotto ticket

Authorities in Mississippi say two men attempted to scam the state lottery commission by submitting a losing ticket that had the winning numbers glued onto it. Odis Latham, 47, and Russell

Offbeat | Man left drugs, gun in designer bags at convenience store

Louisiana authorities are perplexed over why a man left apparent designer bags holding drugs, a gun, cash and a digital scale in a convenience store. The man went into the store

Offbeat | 2020 starts on frigid note with polar bear plunges

2020 began in frigid fanfare for hundreds of people who splashed through the Atlantic Ocean during the annual Coney Island Polar Bear Club Plunge. Swimmers wearing Santa hats and other costume

Offbeat | Football-making town sets record for most thrown at once

An Ohio town long associated with the manufacturing of footballs has set a Guinness World Record for the most thrown at the same time. The organization certified the record after the

Offbeat | Man who made 27,000 crosses for shooting victims is retiring

An Illinois man who made more than 27,000 crosses to commemorate victims of mass shootings across the country is retiring. Greg Zanis came to realize, after 23

Offbeat | Wisconsin city mulls dumping old ban on throwing snowballs

For decades, those who have participated in snowball fights in one Wisconsin city have risked getting in trouble with the law. But that may be about to change. A 1962 ban

Offbeat | Italy cartoon depicting EU as Nazi camp sparks outcry

A cartoonist in Rome has sparked a heated controversy in Italy and abroad after depicting the European Union as the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz and British Prime Minister Boris

Offbeat | Malnourished dog adopted after walking into home amid storm

A malnourished dog that wandered into a Philadelphia home during a storm has been adopted. Sports podcast host Jack Jokinen said his wife found the dog when she went to grab

Offbeat | Man found in freezer was husband of recently deceased woman

A man whose body was in a freezer for as long as 11 years was the husband of the woman who had recently died in their apartment west of Salt

Offbeat | ‘Unicorn puppy’ will stay with Missouri rescue mission

The beagle-mix puppy, named Narwhal the Little Magical Furry Unicorn, was rescued in November by Mac’s Mission in southeast Missouri. He drew international attention when his picture hit social media,

Offbeat | Man rescued after 13 nights stranded in Outback; one missing

A second person missing in the punishing Australian Outback for almost two weeks was rescued yesterday, while the search continued for their missing friend. Northern Territory Police said Phu Tran was

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