Offbeat
Latest stories
Calais Migrants Turn Up Noses at 'Bland' Food Aid

A charity for migrants in the French port city of Calais was forced to scrap a food handout after some refused the meal because it was not spicy enough, the group said Tuesday.

W140 Full Story
Brits Go Nuts over Squirrel Burgers

Squirrels make a "good food source" and should be served up as a way of controlling the population, the organizer of a controversial squirrel burger cooking contest said on Tuesday.

W140 Full Story
Four-year-old U.S. Girl Hands Out Heroin at Daycare

A U.S. mother has been charged after her four-year-old daughter handed out packets of heroin to friends at daycare in Delaware, mistakenly thinking they were candy, police said Tuesday.

Ashley Tull, 30, was charged on Monday with maintaining a drug property and has lost custody of her two daughters and a son.

W140 Full Story
China Kicks out 160,000 Fake Government Staff

China has taken 160,000 "phantom" government staff off its official payroll who were receiving salaries despite not doing any work, state-media reported on Monday.

A total of 162,629 officials who were taking government wages without working have been removed in a nationwide campaign over the last year, the People's Daily newspaper said.

W140 Full Story
Classic Car Parade in Mexico Sets World Record

Classic car enthusiasts have broken a Guinness world record for the biggest parade of its sort, lining up 1,721 shining Mustangs and Cadillacs as well as cheerily decorated Volkswagen Beetles.

W140 Full Story
Reports: Australian Chef 'Cooked' Parts of Girlfriend's Body

Australian police said Monday they had begun a murder probe after they found human remains in an apartment, but refused to confirm reports that body parts were cooking on the stove.

W140 Full Story
Brazilians Re-Elect Clown with 1 Million Votes

Brazilians re-elected a clown named Tiririca (Grumpy) to Congress on Sunday with one million votes, the second-highest number of any candidate, election officials said.

Tiririca was first elected to represent Sao Paulo in 2010, winning the most votes of any candidate in the country after running on the slogan "It can't get any worse."

W140 Full Story
Brazil's 'Bin Laden' Arrested for Campaigning at Polls

A candidate running for the Amazonia state assembly in northern Brazil under the moniker Osama Bin Laden was detained during Sunday's vote for illegal campaigning outside the local polls, electoral officials said.

“Bin Laden”, real name Manoel Nunes de Assis, was standing for the tiny centrist National Labor Party (PTN).

W140 Full Story
Japanese Zoo Abandons Bid to Mate Hyena 'Couple' as Both Were Male

Zookeepers in Japan have abandoned a years-long attempt to have two spotted hyenas mate and reproduce as both turned out to be male.

The Maruyama Zoo in Sapporo, northern Japan, said in a statement this week that it was gifted the animals as a "male and female couple" in October 2010 from a zoo in the South Korean twin city of Daejon.

W140 Full Story
California Teens Arrested in 920 Chicken Deaths

Deputies have arrested four young men — one adult and three juveniles — suspected of breaking into a California chicken ranch and killing more than 900 birds with a golf club.

Fresno County sheriff's officials acting on several tips Wednesday tracked down 18-year-old Gabriel Quintero of Riverdale. Also taken into custody were two 17-year-olds and a 15-year-old.

W140 Full Story