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Girl asks police to run DNA test on Christmas cookie for evidence of Santa Claus

Girl asks police to run DNA test on Christmas cookie for evidence of Santa Claus

A young girl wrote to a Rhode Island police department asking them to run a DNA test on a cookie and carrots left for Santa Claus and his reindeer. ... Continue Reading
A woman was arrested for killing her terminally ill husband at a Florida hospital

A woman was arrested for killing her terminally ill husband at a Florida hospital

Police said the two had made a pact weeks beforehand. She could be charged with first-degree murder. ... Continue Reading
A sailor has been rescued after being adrift in Caribbean for 24 days

A sailor has been rescued after being adrift in Caribbean for 24 days

Elvis Francois, 47, told Colombian authorities that he had survived off a bottle of ketchup, garlic powder and Maggi cubes. ... Continue Reading
Could the Loch Ness Monster be vacationing in the U.S.?

Could the Loch Ness Monster be vacationing in the U.S.?

A mysterious bit of video that was captured along the North Carolina coast has neighbors wondering if it's Nessie. A fishing boat captain filmed a serpent-like creature swimming near Atlantic Beach. ... Continue Reading
Saskatchewan compiles a Top-10 list of 911 calls that weren't an emergency

Saskatchewan compiles a Top-10 list of 911 calls that weren't an emergency

Topping the list was a call from someone who had a clogged bathtub, according to Mounties in the Canadian province. The list also features someone calling because they ran out of milk. ... Continue Reading
Meet some of the European Elvis impersonators competing to be crowned

Meet some of the European Elvis impersonators competing to be crowned "King"

The world's top Elvis impersonators will compete to be crowned "King" this weekend in Birmingham, England, at the European Elvis Championships and Convention. ... Continue Reading
San Francisco museum unveils a century-old device that plays piano and violin duets

San Francisco museum unveils a century-old device that plays piano and violin duets

San Francisco's Musée Mécanique has just unveiled its "Mills Bow-Front Violano Virtuoso," a century-old self-playing device which performs duets on piano and violin. ... Continue Reading
The World Darts Championship attracts sports fans and shenanigans alike

The World Darts Championship attracts sports fans and shenanigans alike

NPR's Juana Summers talks with culture writer Lauren O'Neill about the spectacle at the World Darts Championship, which wrapped up in London Tuesday. ... Continue Reading
An airline worker died after being 'ingested into the engine' of a plane, NTSB says

An airline worker died after being 'ingested into the engine' of a plane, NTSB says

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating an incident with the Embraer 170 aircraft which killed an American Airlines worker on Saturday in Montgomery, Ala. ... Continue Reading
A golden age for nonalcoholic beers, wines and spirits

A golden age for nonalcoholic beers, wines and spirits

There are many more drinking options this Dry January if you like the taste of alcoholic drinks but don't like the effects of alcohol. ... Continue Reading
Here's what 2023 has in store, as predicted by experts in 1923

Here's what 2023 has in store, as predicted by experts in 1923

A researcher collected century-old newspaper clippings with predictions in fields ranging from public health to beauty to transportation. Some have proven more accurate than others. ... Continue Reading
A West Virginia woman recovered her lost wallet after 54 years

A West Virginia woman recovered her lost wallet after 54 years

Sharon Day dropped her wallet at a high school dance in 1968. It was recovered when construction crews renovating the building found it and returned it. ... Continue Reading
A West Virginia recovered her lost wallet after 54 years

A West Virginia recovered her lost wallet after 54 years

Sharon Day dropped her wallet at a high school dance in 1968. It was recovered when construction crews renovating the building found it and returned it. ... Continue Reading
An inflection point for GOATs: Please quiet quit these 'banished words' moving forward

An inflection point for GOATs: Please quiet quit these 'banished words' moving forward

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In its annual Banished Words List, the faculty of Lake Superior State University also suggests removing from your vocabulary overused phrases such as "Does that make sense?" and "It is what it is."

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Why scientists dug up the father of genetics, Gregor Mendel, and analyzed his DNA

Why scientists dug up the father of genetics, Gregor Mendel, and analyzed his DNA

The year 2022 was the 200th anniversary of the birth of Gregor Mendel. He's known as the father of genetics, so scientists exhumed Mendel's body and examined his DNA. ... Continue Reading
Unclaimed luggage piles up at airports following Southwest cancellations

Unclaimed luggage piles up at airports following Southwest cancellations

After Southwest Airlines canceled thousands of flights over the week, travelers are scrambling to reunite with their luggage. ... Continue Reading
Boston architects build climate-ready gingerbread houses in annual competition

Boston architects build climate-ready gingerbread houses in annual competition

Boston architects have an annual gingerbread house competition, and 2022's theme is climate change. The climate-ready gingerbread houses include chocolate solar panels and rising sugary seas. ... Continue Reading
Santas are in short supply across the country

Santas are in short supply across the country

The demand for a visit with jolly old St. Nicholas is high, but Santas are in short supply across the country. ... Continue Reading
The weird, wild and wonderful stories you might have missed this year

The weird, wild and wonderful stories you might have missed this year

As we look back on 2022, we wanted to share a few of our favorite moments of joy from the year to bring a bit of hope, whimsy and humor to the end of the year. ... Continue Reading
Facing an energy crisis, Germans stock up on candles

Facing an energy crisis, Germans stock up on candles

Germans are on a mission to transform their energy economy and reduce their consumption, including by — apparently — using lots of candles. ... Continue Reading