Encinitas Mar 16

Cardiff Kook Rocks Medical Mask

A famous figure in Encinitas turned heads over the weekend when it was spotted sporting a mask for all to see amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

  • Japan Apr 14, 2016

    Chimp Leads Police on Chase Through Japanese Town

    A chimpanzee fled from a zoo in northern Japan and tried desperately to avoid being captured by climbing an electric pole. Not for long.

  • manager Apr 14, 2016

    ‘Inky’ the Octopus Escapes New Zealand Aquarium

    Inky the octopus waited until it was dark and the staff had gone home from the National Aquarium of New Zealand before making his move.

  • Seattle Apr 13, 2016

    Food Truck Trend Moves Beyond Humans, Caters to Canines in Seattle

    Stand on any block around lunchtime near’s downtown Seattle headquarters and there are two common sights: people walking their dogs and people buying lunch at food trucks. The scene offers a window into Seattle’s infatuations with dogs (and cats), which outnumber children here, and the maturing roaming food truck market. Now,...
  • Facebook Apr 1, 2016

    Wild: Alaska City Temporarily Renamed for Card Game UNO

    On April Fool’s Day, the capital of Alaska was going by the name of card game UNO, not Juneau. No joke. It was a play on words and part of a promotion with game and toy maker Mattel Inc., which is drawing attention to new wild cards in its UNO game by partnering with the mountainous city. Juneau’s website on...

  • United Kingdom Mar 29, 2016

    Cat Sent by Mail Survives 8 Days in Box

    A tough Siamese cat named Cupcake has survived eight days cooped up in a box after accidentally being sent through the mail by her British owners. Cupcake was in a box with an order of DVDs that was sent from Cornwall in southwestern England to West Sussex in south-central England. The recipient found a badly dehydrated Cupcake in the box...
  • NBC Mar 22, 2016

    ‘Boaty McBoatface’ Floats to Top of UK Polar Research Ship-Naming Poll

    When scientists in the U.K. asked the public to name their new $290 million polar research ship, they expected the name of an explorer or a naturalist. Apparently, they didn’t factor in the Brits’ oddball sense of humor. By 9 a.m. Monday, more than 27,000 people had voted to name the ship “RRS Boaty McBoatface,” almost 10 ti...
  • driver Mar 5, 2016

    Dog Pops Up in Driver’s Seat When Semi Crashes in Minnesota

    One dog apparently has learned a new trick: how to drive a semi-truck. Customers at a Minnesota gas station saw a golden Labrador retriever appear to drive the semi across a road Friday. Mankato police say the idling truck apparently was put into gear, then went through a parking lot, across the street and over a curb. The Free Press...

  • Mar 3, 2016

    Man Breaks Into New Mexico Store & Pays for Cigarettes

    Police in New Mexico say a man broke into a convenience store to buy cigarettes, NBC News reported. The man, identified as Ellis C. Battista, 24, pounded on the door of a Bradley, New Mexico, convenience store. He kicked the door’s lower panel, picked a pack of Camels and left $6 on the counter. He also made sure security camera......
  • House Feb 29, 2016

    Architects Build Upside-Down House in Taiwan

    Building and designing a new house of your own may seem like a topsy-turvy experience. For a group of architects in Taiwan, it certainly was. On commission from Taiwan’s Culture Department, they designed and built an ordinary American family house. The colorful home has three floors, a master bedroom and bath, and a garage. And the house and ...
  • Captain Feb 26, 2016

    Chinese Airliner Forced to Land After Rat Found on Board

    A rat found scuttling around the cabin forced a Chinese airliner to return to an airport shortly after takeoff on Friday morning. The rodent was found shortly after the Loong Air flight left the eastern city of Hangzhou for the southwestern resort city of Xishuangbanna, the airline said on its official microblog. It wasn’t clear how the rat g...
  • Feb 26, 2016

    Canadian Man Caught Smuggling Nearly 40 Turtles in His Pants

    A Canadian man caught smuggling nearly 40 turtles in his pants has been fined $3,500 Canadian (US$2,578) and placed on probation for two years. During an inspection at the Niagara border crossing in June 2014, Canadian border officials discovered 38 turtles strapped to Yan’s legs.

  • Feb 24, 2016

    Meerkat Expert Cleared of Assault in Zoo Love Triangle Spat

    A former meerkat expert at London Zoo was cleared Tuesday of assaulting a monkey handler in a love spat over a llama-keeper. Two High Court judges said Tuesday that Caroline Westlake had not “recklessly” injured Kate Sanders. In October a lower court found Westlake, 30, guilty of assaulting Sanders, who suffered a cut cheek from a wineg...
  • Dallas Feb 21, 2016

    Lock of John Lennon’s Hair Fetches $35,000 at Auction

    A lock of John Lennon’s hair that was snipped as he prepared for a film role has sold for $35,000....Dallas-based Heritage Auctions said Saturday that the 4-inch lock of hair was purchased by Paul Fraser, a United Kingdom-based memorabilia collector. A German hairdresser kept a tuft of Lennon’s hair after giving him a trim before the Be...
  • Feb 15, 2016

    Man From Spain Skipped Work for 6 Years, Still Got Paid

    The case started with confusion over where a civil servant in southern Spain worked. Now a court has ruled he must pay back nearly 27,000 euros, or $30,500 USD, in wages because for years he actually didn’t work at all.

  • Feb 13, 2016

    Man Missing 30 Years Helps Solve His Own Disappearance

    A man missing nearly 30 years has been found alive, living just 80 miles away from where he disappeared. He had reportedly been suffering major memory loss due to a head injury. Edgar Latulip vanished in September 1986 from a group home in Kitchener, Ontario. He was 21. According to local news reports at the time, Latulip, who had developmental......
  • NBC Feb 12, 2016

    Walmart Shoplifting Suspect Allegedly Hid Trout in Pants While Urinating

    A Tennessee man who allegedly urinated on the floor of a Walmart while trying to conceal a package of trout in his pants was arrested Wednesday, police said. A store employee told the reporting officer that the man took $130 worth of merchandise, and he was seen urinating on the floor near the alcohol section while trying to hide the...

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