News: Offbeat

Past masters: Saving Afghanistan's artisans from extinction

Monday  12:05,   21 august 2017
AFP

Ceramics, carpentry, calligraphy and gem cutting: centuries of Afghan craftmanship honed on the ancient Silk Road are being preserved in Kabul, a rare success story for an aid project in the war-torn country In the sixteen years since the[...]

Pug meeting: Curly-tailed athletes face off in Berlin

Monday  11:31,   21 august 2017
dw.com

Hundreds of dog lovers met in Berlin to crown this year's fastest - and slowest - pint-sized athletes. The 8th International Pug Meeting drew pug fans from around the world for a day of races, ice cream and belly rubs.Over 260 four-legged[...]

NY goes back in time with revival of hand-painted ads

Monday  07:04,   21 august 2017
Relaxnews (AFP)

Once outdated relics in a digital world, painted advertisements are flourishing once again in New York, putting a dose of hip attitude into 21st century commercial art in the city that never sleeps.  Toiling under the blazing sun of a heat[...]

Endangered 2-Headed Turtle Spotted on Beach

Sunday  18:11,   20 august 2017
Inside Edition

The team of biologists spotted another two-headed loggerhead turtle hatching last year. A team of Florida biologists thought they were seeing double as they watched the recent hatching of a loggerhead turtle.“It is rare to find a two-headed[...]

This Stunning Starbucks In Japan Is A Dreamy Piece Of History

Sunday  18:10,   20 august 2017
MSN

This beautiful Starbucks in Japan would be anyone’s cup of tea.  The coffee chain’s new franchise location in Kyoto’s historic Higashiyama district doesn’t look anything like your typical Starbucks. The cafe actually runs out of a[...]

Mom And Dad Take Hilariously Relatable Back-To-School Photos

Sunday  18:10,   20 august 2017
MSN

For parents, the first day of school can bring feelings of sadness and nostalgia, but mostly it seems to be pure jubilation. For parents, the first day of school can bring feelings of sadness and nostalgia, but mostly it seems to be pure[...]

Man Turns His Tinder Profile Into An Epic PowerPoint-Style Presentation

Sunday  18:10,   20 august 2017
MSN

Niket Biswas has the skills to craft a mighty impressive PowerPoint presentation ― and maybe even become your next boyfriend. Over the weekend, the New York City-based software engineering manager at Facebook went a little rogue with his[...]

NFL pro Martellus Bennett is on a mission to inspire kids

Sunday  14:21,   20 august 2017
CBS News

His growing company is churning out children's books, cartoons, clothing, apps and toys – all with the goal of sparking creativityFor Bennett, football was always plan B. His new comic book series is just one small part of his plan A: A growing[...]

Cell Phone Keeps Recording After It's Sucked Out of Plane and Falls Back to Earth

Sunday  14:21,   20 august 2017
Inside Edition

It took about 13 seconds for the phone to fall 1,000 feet to the ground. A cell phone did not stop recording as it plummeted 1,000 feet from an airplane after getting sucked out of its owner's hand.It took a total of 13 seconds for the Samsung[...]

NASA praises British boy's 'great' rocket design

Sunday  14:21,   20 august 2017
Sky News

A budding four-year-old astronaut who sent NASA a letter asking it to build a rocket he designed was thrilled when the space agency replied with their own letter praising him. Idris Hylton, who is now aged five, wrote directly to the organisation[...]

'Lego emergency' yields hundreds of toy bricks for Italian hospital

Sunday  13:36,   20 august 2017
Relaxnews (AFP)

A pediatric cancer hospital in northern Italy thanked supporters online Friday after a desperate and unusual appeal for toys earlier in the week yielded hundreds of boxes of Lego building bricks.  "What a pleasure to see a child able to[...]

Dog Becomes Honorary K9 Officer After Finding $85,000 Worth of Heroin

Sunday  13:36,   20 august 2017
Inside Edition

The family initially thought the package was a time capsule. A family dog earned an honorary spot on the police force after a huge discovery. An 18-month-old Gold Retriever, Kenyon, was playing in his family’s yard in Oregon when he found[...]

Twitter trolls Trump on 'heal' vs. 'heel' typo

Sunday  12:06,   20 august 2017
USA TODAY

Some thought that Trump might have been correct the first two times.  Except the first tweet didn't go quite as[...]

Very Pregnant Pit Bull Enjoys a Baby Shower on the Beach

Saturday  20:40,   19 august 2017
Inside Edition

Winter, a white pit bull, was photographed enjoying dog-friendly treats and a variety of gifts on the beach in a post that went viral on Twitter. The owners of a pregnant pit bull have prepared her for motherhood in the best way possible — by[...]

Japanese Artist Yayoi Kusama to Launch Her Own Museum in Tokyo

Saturday  20:40,   19 august 2017
Mental Floss

The renowned artist kept the news under wraps to surprise her fans.As The New York Times reports, Kusama has announced that she's opening her own art museum in the city’s Shinjuku neighborhood. Slated to open on October 1, 2017, it’s dedicated to[...]