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From Covfefe to Hollyweed: Weird news grabs headlines in 2017 - 11 Dec 2017 at 6:58am - NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's Oval Office style dominated U.S. headlines in 2017, but readers were particularly perplexed by his use of the word "covfefe," in what turned out to be one of the oddest news stories of the year.

Two American tourists fined in Thailand for 'butt selfie' at temple - 29 Nov 2017 at 5:58am - BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai authorities have fined two American tourists for public indecency for posing for a "butt selfie" in front of a famous Buddhist temple, police said on Wednesday.

Abominable news: Purported yeti evidence came from bears, dog - 28 Nov 2017 at 11:50pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For fans of the yeti, newly published genetic research on purported specimens of the legendary apelike beast said to dwell in the Himalayan region may be too much to bear - literally.

Flipping lids! Chinese barber offers eyelid shaves - 24 Nov 2017 at 11:28pm - CHENGDU, China (Reuters) - Chinese street barber Xiong Gaowu deftly scrapes a straight razor along the inside of his customer's eyelid.

Finland baker launches bread made from crushed crickets - 24 Nov 2017 at 5:43am - HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish bakery and food service company Fazer launched on Thursday what it said was the world's first insect-based bread to be offered to consumers in stores.

British embassy cat in Jordan appointed chief mouser - 20 Nov 2017 at 12:06pm - AMMAN (Reuters) - At the British embassy to Jordan, a former rescue cat is settling into his new position as chief mouser - as a traditional well established in the ministries of London goes global.

U.S. Navy crew grounded after pilot draws penis in the sky - 17 Nov 2017 at 8:40pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy air crew was grounded on Friday after using their advanced fighter jet to draw a giant image of a penis in the sky with the exhaust, officials said.

Finnish police rap deputy minister for hiding in car boot in government crisis - 17 Nov 2017 at 11:05am - HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish police reprimanded a man for traveling in a car boot to hide his meeting with Prime Minister Juha Sipila during a government crisis last summer, saying this was breach of the traffic code.

I went to Brazil for a bath, says McLaren reserve Norris - 16 Nov 2017 at 12:32pm - (Reuters) - A canceled Formula One tire test meant McLaren reserve Lando Norris effectively flew all the way from Britain to Brazil this week just to take a bath.

'No cash, Carney?' Bank of England Governor unable to find wallet - 16 Nov 2017 at 11:34am - LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) - Bank of England Governor Mark Carney appeared unable to find his wallet on Thursday while attending a central bank event to promote public understanding of economics.

Pingüino prehistórico tenía el tamaño de un ser humano - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - NUEVA YORK (AP) ? Fósiles hallados en Nueva Zelanda han revelado la existencia de un pingüino gigante, con la estatura de un hombre adulto moderno. La criatura medía 1,77 metros (5,10 pies) cuando nadaba y su peso era de 101 kilos (223 libras). El fósil hallado mide 18 centímetros más que cualquier pingüino antiguo del que se posea una parte importante de su esqueleto, dijo Gerard Mayr, del Instituto de Investigaciones Senckenberg de Fráncfort, Alemania. De otro, posiblemente más grande, se ha encontrado solo el fragmento de un hueso de la pierna, lo que dificulta el cálculo del tamaño. El pingüino más grande existente, el emperador de la Antártida, mide 1,2 metros (4 pies).

Ancient penguin was as big as a (human) Pittsburgh Penguin - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - NEW YORK (AP) ? Fossils from New Zealand have revealed a giant penguin that was as big as a grown man, roughly the size of the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The creature was slightly shorter in length and about 20 pounds (9 kilograms) heavier than the official stats for hockey star Sidney Crosby. It measured nearly 5 feet, 10 inches (1.77 meters) long when swimming and weighed in at 223 pounds (101 kilograms). If the penguin and the Penguin faced off on the ice, however, things would look different. When standing, the ancient bird was maybe only 5-foot-3 (1.6 meters).

Mujer con 84 perros es hallada culpable de maltrato animal - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - CONCORD, Nueva Hampshire, EE.UU. (AP) ? Una mujer que tenía docenas de Gran Daneses sucios y enfermos en su mansión de Nueva Hampshire fue hallada culpable el martes de 10 cargos de maltrato de animales. En junio, las autoridades confiscaron 84 perros de la casa de Christina Fay en Wolfeboro. Las autoridades dijeron que los animales vivían en medio de la suciedad y tenían problemas de salud. "Las condiciones en las que estos perros vivían es considerado maltrato" según la ley, escribió el juez Charles Greenhalgh. "Sus jaulas y espacios en los que vivían estaban cubiertos de montones de heces y orina acumulada desde hace días o semanas. Los perros tenían que caminar y echarse en los desechos que cubrían el piso".

Singer of novelty song welcomes hippopotamus to Oklahoma - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) ? Oklahoma City native Gayla Peevey has welcomed another hippopotamus to the city's zoo, more than 60 years after her song about wanting one for Christmas helped the facility purchase its first. The singer was on hand as the 26-year-old pygmy hippopotamus Francesca made her first Oklahoma public appearance since moving from the San Diego Zoo. In 1953, the then 10-year-old Peevey sang the novelty hit, "I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas." It led to a statewide fund drive in which children donated dimes to purchase and bring a pachyderm to the zoo. Peevey also was there in December 1953 when the Nile hippopotamus Mathilda arrived. Francesca joins 43-year-old Wolee in the zoo's pachyderm exhibit.

US Sen. Elizabeth Warren gets 2nd turn as comic book hero - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - BOSTON (AP) ? All comic book heroes need a sequel ? even U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren. The Massachusetts Democrat was the focus last year of a 22-page comic titled "Female Force: Elizabeth Warren," which told the story of Warren's rise from Oklahoma schoolgirl to U.S. senator and champion of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party. Now publisher TidalWave Comics is bringing out a sequel, "Female Force: Elizabeth Warren #2," chronicling the early days of Warren's 2012 U.S. Senate campaign and her rise to power. Instead of Batman battling the Joker, readers can follow along as Warren battles Congress to ease the burden of crushing student loan debt.

Permafrost del Ártico se descongela con más rapidez - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - NUEVA ORLEANS (AP) ? El permafrost del Ártico se está descongelando con mayor rapidez, indicó un nuevo estudio el martes. Además, el agua se está calentando y el hielo marino del Polo Norte se está descongelando a su ritmo más rápido de los últimos 1.500 años. El informe anual de la Oficina Nacional para la Administración Oceánica y Atmosférica de Estados Unidos (NOAA, por sus siglas en inglés) mostró un calentamiento ligeramente menor que en 2016, en el cual se alcanzaron récords de calor. Pero los científicos siguen preocupados porque esa región se está calentando dos veces más rápido que el resto del planeta y ha alcanzado un nivel de calor sin precedentes en la era moderna.

Oklahoma veterinarian removes 21 pacifiers from dog's belly - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - EDMOND, Okla. (AP) ? An Oklahoma mother and father couldn't figure out what was happening to their child's pacifiers until the baby's grandmother saw the family dog swipe one off a counter. One nauseous pooch and a trip to their veterinarian's office confirmed the couple's hunch: Dovey had 21 pacifiers lodged in her stomach. The couple told the veterinarian Dovey had slowed her eating and was vomiting for a few days, but other than that, they thought she seemed fine. KFOR-TV reports that at first, the veterinarian thought there were only seven to nine pacifiers in Dovey's stomach, but the surgery proved otherwise. Dovey is on the mend and has already gone home.

Wisconsin man fleeing police crashed while checking phone - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - MILWAUKEE (AP) ? Milwaukee prosecutors say a man who led police on a high-speed chased told arresting officers he crashed his minivan because he became distracted checking his cellphone for directions. The Milwaukee District Attorney's Office said in a criminal complaint released Friday that 20-year-old Logan Michael Brandenburg made the comment unsolicited while he was being transported from a hospital to the county jail. Prosecutors say Brandenburg told officers he had smoked marijuana and was on probation so a "fight or flight mentality kicked in" when a West Allis police officer attempted to pull him over on Nov. 19.

Laureada con Nobel de la Paz insta prohibir armas nucleares - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - MOSCÚ (AP) ? Una destacada activista de la organización Campaña Internacional para Abolir las Armas Nucleares (ICAN por sus siglas en inglés), ganadora este año del Premio Nobel de la Paz, comparó el domingo el objetivo de su grupo con su lucha personal por sobrevivir al bombardeo atómico de Hiroshima. Setsuko Thurlow, que tenía 13 años cuando una bomba nuclear devastó la ciudad japonesa en 1945, habló durante la presentación formal del premio Nobel de la Paz en Oslo, Noruega. El grupo es una fuerza impulsora de un tratado internacional para prohibir las armas nucleares. Thurlow dijo que la explosión la dejó enterrada bajo los escombros de su escuela, pero que pudo ver algo de luz y salir arrastrándose hasta un sitio seguro.

Swiss woman angry over champagne refusal ejected from plane - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - BERLIN (AP) ? German police say the pilot of a passenger jet destined for Zurich made an unscheduled stop at Stuttgart airport because a Swiss passenger become aggressive after being denied champagne. Reutlingen police say crew members were unable to calm the 44-year-old business class passenger, who was angered by their refusal to serve her more sparkling wine on the flight from Moscow late Saturday. Police said in a statement Sunday that the woman, who wasn't named, was escorted off the Airbus A320 and ordered to pay a security of 5,000 euros ($5,871). They said the 43 passengers on board were never in danger, but the total cost involved in the unplanned stopover likely amounted to several tens of thousands of euros.

Ballenas francas podrían extinguirse, tras un año mortífero - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - PORTLAND, Maine, EE.UU. (AP) ? Funcionarios del gobierno estadounidense advirtieron que existe la posibilidad de que las amenazadas ballenas francas vayan a extinguirse, después de un año mortífero, a menos que se tomen nuevas medidas para protegerlas. Las ballenas francas del Atlántico Norte se encuentran entre los mamíferos marinos más raros del mundo y han soportado un año letal. La Oficina Nacional de Administración Oceánica y Atmosférica de Estados Unidos (NOAA) ha dicho que solo quedan unas 450 ballenas y que 17 de ellas han muerto en 2017.

Expulsan de avión a pasajera enfurecida por negarle champaña - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - BERLÍN (AP) ? El piloto de un avión de pasajeros con destino a Zúrich hizo una parada no programada en el aeropuerto alemán de Stuttgart porque una pasajera suiza se puso agresiva después de que negaron champaña, informó la policía alemana. La policía de Reutlingen precisó que los tripulantes no pudieron calmar a la mujer de 44 años de edad, quien viajaba en clase ejecutiva, luego de que reaccionó furiosa porque se negaron a servirle más del vino espumoso en el vuelo del sábado por la noche procedente de Moscú. En una declaración el domingo, la policía añadió que la mujer, cuyo nombre no fue revelado, fue escoltada por miembros de seguridad para que abandonara el Airbus A320. Se le ordenó pagar una fianza de 5.000 euros (5.871 dólares).

Buscan a estadounidense huido de un penal en Bali, Indonesia - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - BALI, Indonesia (AP) ? La policía de Indonesia busca a un ciudadano estadounidense que se fugó el lunes de un penal abarrotado y con poco personal en la isla turística de Bali. Se cree que Christian Beasley, de 32 años, escapó alrededor de las 04:00 de la madrugada por un agujero en el techo y después saltó un muro de seis metros (20 pies) en la parte trasera de la prisión de Kerobokan, explicó su director, Tonny Nainggolan. Beasley fue arrestado en agosto en una oficina de correos en la zona turística de Kuta, en la isla de Bali, con un paquete que contenía 5,7 gramos de hachís.

Firefighters rescue girl stuck in McDonald's playground - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - SPENCER, Mass. (AP) ? Firefighters in Massachusetts responded to a fast food restaurant over the weekend to free a young girl who got stuck in the playground. The Telegram & Gazette reports that firefighters responded to a McDonald's in Spencer at around 8 p.m. Sunday. Firefighters say they needed a ladder to reach the girl, who was stuck 10 to 12 feet (3 to 4 meters) in the air. Police say it took a cutting tool and about 30 minutes to free her. Police think the girl suffered a dislocated knee. She was taken to a hospital for treatment. Her name and age were not released, and it is unclear how she became trapped. ___ Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com

Amsterdam busca ideas para combatir exceso de turismo - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - AMSTERDAM (AP) ? Un grupo de ciclistas se ven obligados a apretar los frenos cuando un hombre con una maleta con ruedas se detiene abruptamente en medio de una transitada carrilera para bicicletas en Amsterdam para recoger una bolsa que dejó caer. "Si esperamos un poco más, probablemente empezará a cepillarse los dientes?, dijo uno de los ciclistas, evidentemente exasperado. Es una escena emblemática del problema de exceso de turismo que está atestando las calles de ciudades como Amsterdam, Roma, Barcelona y Venecia.

SpaceX lanza cohete y cápsula para la estación espacial - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - CABO CAÑAVERAL, Florida, EE.UU. (AP) ? SpaceX va a lanzar el martes su primer cohete para la NASA. El cohete no tripulado Falcon 9 _usado por última vez en junio_ llevará una cápsula Dragon que ha volado previamente a la Estación Espacial Internacional en una misión de abastecimiento. El administrador de la Estación Espacial para la NASA, Kirk Shireman, dijo que el riesgo en el lanzamiento de un cohete reciclado es aproximadamente el mismo que el de un nuevo cohete. Él espera estar igualmente nervioso que lo que está en todos los lanzamientos. "Sigue siendo una operación riesgosa?, les dijo a reporteros el lunes. Aunque los máximos expertos de cohetes de la NASA realizaron una revisión extensa del cohete, el riesgo nunca es cero.

Red-suited man on a sled rescues a deer on frozen pond - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - SALEM, Ore. (AP) ? Reindeer are supposed to pull Santa Claus' sleigh, but in Oregon recently, a red-suited man on a sled wound up pushing a deer. The reverse-reality Christmas-season tale played out when a deer wandered onto a frozen golf course pond in Sunriver, Oregon, on Friday and then lost its footing. Try as it might, it couldn't get all its legs underneath him. It skidded and slithered, and its legs buckled. Along came firefighter Jeff "JJ" Johnston, astride a new ice-rescue sled that was as bright red as the suit he wore, and as the nose on Rudolph the reindeer, which guided Santa's sleigh one foggy Christmas Eve. Benjamin O'Keefe, a captain in the fire department of the resort and residential community, had his camera rolling.

Police: Man posed as officer, tried to get discounted coffee - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) ? Police in western New York have charged a man who they say impersonated a police officer in an attempt to get discounted coffee. WIVB-TV reports the man flashed a fake badge and gun at a Starbucks in Buffalo around 11 p.m. Friday. Police say the man claimed he was a detective and asked for a discount. Authorities say the man then left Starbucks and tried to get into Spot Coffee after closing time by claiming he was a police officer. He was later arrested. Police say the man was carrying a BB gun. Police have charged the 48-year-old Buffalo man with criminal trespassing, criminal impersonation of a police officer and menacing. ___ Information from: WIVB-TV, http://www.wivb.com

SpaceX demora entrega de suministros a la estación espacial - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - CABO CAÑAVERAL, Florida, EE.UU. (AP) ? SpaceX postergó el matres el lanzamiento de su próxima carga de enseres para la tripulación de la Estación Espacial Internacional, y aspira a usar un cohete reciclado para la misión. El cohete reciclado, llamado Falcon, voló por primera vez en junio. La cápsula con los suministros, llamada Dragon, también fue usada anteriormente: en el 2015. Será la primera vez en más de un año en que se usa la plataforma de lanzamiento de Cabo Cañaveral, donde un cohete estalló en el 2016. SpaceX dice que hay que revisar la estructura con más detenimiento y que el lanzamiento será el miércoles a las 11:24 a.m. (1624 GMT).

Fetid attraction: London fatberg to go on museum display - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - LONDON (AP) ? Part of a monster fatberg that clogged one of London's sewers is destined for fame in a museum. The Museum of London says it will put the only remaining chunk of the 130-metric-ton (143-U.S.-ton) mass of oil, fat, diapers and baby wipes on display early next year. Workers for utility company Thames Water spent weeks this year dislodging the smelly 250-meter-long (820-foot-long) blob by breaking it up with high-powered hoses. The museum's shoebox-sized chunk is all that remains. The rest has been converted to biofuel. Curator Vyki Sparkes said Tuesday that it will be "one of the most fascinating and disgusting objects we have ever had on display.