Offbeat

  • "I Saved Them Because I'm A Superhero!": 4-Year-Old Donates Bone Marrow To Baby Brothers
    The 4-year-old boy fancied himself a real-life superhero, wearing a blue T-shirt with photographs of his 4-month-old twin brothers, who were born with a rare immunodeficiency disease. When his parents told him that his brothers needed a bone marrow transplant and he was a donor match, Michael told them that he wanted to save his brothers and would give them some of his.
  • Taylor Swift Visits 8-Year-Old Fan With Severe Burn Injuries In Hospital
    Eight-year-old Isabella McCune suffered severe burns in an accident in March. She had recorded a video to Swift, telling her she wanted to attend her concert in Glendale, California, but won't be able to because due to her injuries. Swift visited the Arizona Burn Center in Phoenix on Saturday.
  • He Used An Interactive Game To Impress A Tinder Match. Did It Work?
    It's not always easy to break the ice with a Tinder match. So, to ensure he stood out and really impressed a Tinder match, this man devised the perfect plan. No, it did not involve any cheesy pickup lines but a cool interactive game instead. Did it work? Well, read on to know.
  • Elon Musk Tweets About Starting Candy Company. He's 'Super Serious'
    Elon Musk is "super, super serious" about starting a candy company and in case you have any doubts, "it's going to be amazing". In several tweets posted last evening, the billionaire entrepreneur shared his plans about starting his own confections enterprise. The tweets caught Twitter's attention and soon tweeple began posting questions about the enterprise.
  • Shabana Azmi Tweets Super Confusing Brain-Teaser. Can You Solve It?
    Every few days, the Internet is abuzz with some new brain-teaser. Whether it is a math question or a word puzzle or even a simple pictorial problem, those who love solving such riddles cannot rest until they find the right answer to it. Adding to the already long list of brain-teasers is this one posted by actor Shabana Azmi. The puzzle, posted last evening, has collected quite a few possible answers.
  • Toasting UK Royals With A 'Markle Sparkle?' It's An American Thing
    It may not be on the menu at the upcoming wedding of Britain's Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle, but some Yanks will toast the happy couple with a "Markle Sparkle."
  • A Cockroach Crawled Into A Woman's Ear. It Took 9 Days To Get It Out
    Katie Holley was jolted awake by a cold thing -- what she had initially thought was a small piece of ice that somehow slid down her left ear. Still disoriented, she rushed to the bathroom, grabbed a cotton swab and slowly stuck it inside her ear. And then Holley felt something move. It was like a "rhythmic" movement, she recalled, as if whatever that thing was was trying to burrow deeper into her ear canal.
  • Bizarre Death-Themed Cafe In Bangkok Offers Discounts For Lying In Coffin
    A death-themed cafe in Bangkok offers its customers the unique experience of being able to contemplate their lives while lying down in a coffin, and for a discount on their coffee.
  • About Time: Five Countries With Eccentric Time-Keeping
    North Korea is not alone in its penchant for setting its own time. Geopolitics, economics and the whims of kings and strongmen have seen meridian-meddling across the world -- challenging the theory of 24 time zones pegged to Greenwich Mean Time, which was established in 1884.
  • Flight Delayed By Seven Hours. A Raccoon Was To Blame
    Travelling can be quite tedious but flying on a plane that's delayed makes for some of the worst travel stories. For passengers flying on an Air Canada flight from Saskatoon's airport to Toronto, the wait was for several hours. And the reason for the delay? A pesky little raccoon.
  • Her Story About Going To The ER With A Live Cockroach In Her Ear Is Viral
    Most people hate finding pesky little (and sometimes not so little) cockroaches in their houses. Now imagine what it would be like if you found out a critter had made your ear its home? Well, for one woman in Florida, it was reality. In an essay published in SELF Magazine, Katie Holley recollects her nightmare that wouldn't end for nine days after she first found the bug in her ear. Her story is going viral.
  • Chewbacca, Darth Vader Visit Taiwan's Presidential Office On Star Wars Day
    Darth Vader and a pose of gun-toting stormtroopers assailed Taiwan's presidential office Friday -- but the only shots fired were from a barrage of cameras, in a sci-fi makeover for Star Wars Day.
  • This Firm Is Planning To Make World's First Cannabis-Infused Beer
    An upstart cannabis company has partnered with a Canadian university to produce -- with government financial backing -- what it says will be the world's first beer made from the mind-altering drug. Toronto-based Province Brands of Canada was awarded Can$300,000 (US$233,000) from the Ontario government to create a "highly intoxicating" brew that is safer than alcohol.
  • Please Stop Feeding The Kangaroos - Or Risk Getting Mauled, Australian Officials Warn Tourists
    A former insane asylum whose grounds - declared a wildlife refuge in 1972 - are now home to a mob of wild kangaroos and is flocked by tourists. However, a rash of reported kangaroo attacks on tourists has prompted several officials, including Australian MP Greg Piper, to call for more visible warnings to be put up at the unofficial attraction.
  • One Space Between Each Sentence, They Said. Science Just Proved Them Wrong
    In the beginning, the rules of space bar were simple. Two spaces after each period. Every time. Easy. That made sense in the age of the typewriter. Letters of uniform width looked cramped without extra space after the period. Typists learned not to do it. But then, at the end of the 20th century, the typewriter gave way to the word processor, and the computer, and modern variable-width fonts. And the world divided.

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