The Associated Press - News Oddities
CINCINNATI (AP) Workers in a metropolitan sewer district in Ohio have amassed an impressive collection of toys, eyeglasses and other objects that made their way through the sewer system.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) A Maine rapper surprised moviegoers with free tickets to a sci-fi satire movie.
POWELL, Wyo. (AP) A Wyoming city has discovered its potted plants have literally gone to pot.
BERLIN (AP) Quiet neighbors, pristine grounds and a view to die for: No wonder graveyard plots in Berchtesgaden are in high demand.
BALTIMORE (AP) A historic Baltimore market is closed temporarily after a video posted on social media showed a rat scampering through a bakery's display case.
PHOENIX (AP) Arizona authorities say a 44-year-old uniformed security guard is accused of impersonating a police officer by trying to pull over an unmarked car that happened to contain two state troopers patrolling a Phoenix freeway.
BLAIRSTOWN, N.J. (AP) There's nothing superstitious about Friday the 13th as two towns celebrate the day with tours or tattoos.
DOVER, N.H. (AP) Police say a man fell through the ceiling of a New Hampshire supermarket, twice.
PHOENIX (AP) An Arizona state lawmaker was seen telling a sheriff's deputy he sometimes drives as fast as 130 or 140 mph (210 or 225 kph) after he was pulled over for speeding, and the deputy said in a report later that the driver claimed to have legislative immunity
ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) Authorities believe they have discovered the wreckage of a small plane that crashed more than 20 years ago in northern Michigan.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) A U.S. park ranger confronted a woman seen snatching birds at a historic square in Philadelphia and placing them alive in plastic bags, and she claimed she released the birds after catching them.
WINDSOR, Vt. (AP) A Vermont state board plans to hear a man's request to change the name of Mount Ascutney (ah-SKUT'-nee) because it's a made-up name.
ATLANTA (AP) Bears don't usually pack a lunch, but they'll be happy to eat whatever someone else has prepared.
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) A New Jersey man has been reunited with his Sea-Doo nearly six years after it was swept away in Hurricane Sandy.
KIRKWOOD, Mo. (AP) Authorities say a Lamborghini erupted in flames at a suburban St. Louis gas station after a minivan driver pulled away from a gas pump with the nozzle still attached.
PLYMOUTH, Ind. (AP) An alligator that was hanging out in a northern Indiana retention pond has been captured after being lured to shore with a frog.
ANOKA, Minn. (AP) A 9-year-old English bulldog has died just weeks after winning the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog contest.
PRESTON, Idaho (AP) An Idaho teacher accused of feeding a sick puppy to a snapping turtle in front of several students has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty.
WESTLAND, Mich. (AP) Made in the shade? It was more like made in the mud for hundreds of people at a Michigan park.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) A 5-month-old infant who miraculously survived more than nine hours being buried under a pile of sticks and debris in the woods of western Montana suffered only minor injuries despite wearing wet and soiled clothes in cold weather, authorities said.