Offbeat | Actor-comedian Kevin Hart will host 2019 Oscars

Kevin Hart has a new job — he will host the 2019 Academy Awards, a role the prolific actor-comedian says fulfills a longtime dream. Hart announced his

Offbeat | Steer too beefy to become burgers reprieved to life on farm

Knickers the steer is huge on the internet — for being huge. The black-and-white Holstein Friesian won social media fame and many proclamations of “Holy Cow!” after

Offbeat | Canadian scientist names beetle after Jose Bautista

Jose Bautista has a new namesake buzzing around. Entomologist Bob Anderson of the Canadian Museum of Nature has dubbed a newly discovered species of beetle Sicoderus bautistai

Offbeat | Bedazzled pigeon found in Arizona city reunited with owners

A pigeon that had flown the coop with only its bedazzled vest is nesting back home in Phoenix. The Arizona Republic reports Marlette Fernando and

Offbeat | Aerosmith’s Perry cancels tour after recent hospital visit

Joe Perry has canceled his fall tour to take time off after recently being hospitalized with breathing problems. The Aerosmith guitarist’s publicist said in a statement yesterday

Offbeat | Treasure hunter flip flops on returning missing gold coins

A treasure hunter has taken back a pledge to turn over 500 missing coins minted from gold found in a shipwreck off the South Carolina coast. The Columbus

Offbeat | Giant wooden troll removed in Colorado could get new home

A huge wooden troll that proved to be too popular in a Colorado ski resort town is gone, but it’s possible the artwork could find another home.

Offbeat | Missing zoo meerkat case solved, three charged in Australia

It wasn't grand theft. It was tiny. But the snatching of a baby meerkat from a zoo has not only become a major story in the Australian city of

Offbeat | Romanian man returns USD107,000 found in secondhand cupboard

A Romanian man was surprised to find 95,000 euros (USD107,000) stashed inside a secondhand cupboard he’d bought — and promptly returned the money. Adela Stanici told The Associated Press

Offbeat | This is heavy: The kilogram is getting an update

The kilogram is getting an update. No, your bathroom scales won’t suddenly become kinder and a kilo of fruit will still weigh a kilo. But the way

Offbeat | Dutchman, 69, seeks legal age change to 49, invokes discrimination

Self-styled positivity guru Emile Ratelband thinks age is just a number. And his is a number the Dutchman wants changed. The 69-year-old TV personality has asked a

Offbeat | Officers catch huge lizard that terrified Florida neighbors

Florida authorities have caught a huge lizard that has terrified residents of a suburban Miami neighborhood for months. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the

Offbeat | Leaks reveal Man City deal to hide player costs from UEFA

  Manchester City created a shell company for a commercial deal to disguise tens of millions of dollars in income from UEFA investigators, according to club documents cited by

Offbeat | Python presents slithery situation at Texas Goodwill store

A Goodwill worker collecting clothes and other items at a Texas sorting center was surprised to find an albino python clinging to the side of a bin.

Offbeat | Halloween Times! Men arrested in pumpkin smashing crime spree

Police in the southern Oregon town of Grants Pass have arrested two men suspected in a pumpkin-powered crime spree, ending weeks of incidents of smashed gourds and

Offbeat | People find severed head in Oakland yard, take it to police

Police investigators were trying to determine whether a decaying human head found this week in an Oakland backyard belongs to a recently discovered headless corpse. People visiting

Offbeat | They growl and bite! Hundreds of Oregon ‘witches’ paddle down river, minus the brooms

Hundreds of “witches” traded in broomsticks for paddles in Oregon during the last weekend before Halloween. The costumed coven paddled 10 kilometers on boards Saturday along the

Offbeat | A hot dog? Firefighters rescue pet stuck in heating duct

It wasn’t a cat in a tree, but a dog in a heating duct that took firefighters to a home in Virginia. The Fairfax County

Offbeat | 12-pound lunar meteorite sells for more than USD600,000

A 12-pound (5.5 kilogram) chunk of the moon that fell to the Earth as a lunar meteorite has been sold at auction for more than USD600,000. Boston-based

Offbeat | Cattle roundup over: Last cow caught weeks after truck crash

Officials say a cow that hoofed it for two weeks on the lam after a livestock truck overturned on a busy interstate junction north of Atlanta

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