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Unlikely stories from around the nation and the world.

12/08/2017 05:00 PM
Radio Replay: Loving the Lie
If you believe something is real — if you can fall in love with someone or stand in awe of a painting — is it possible that it doesn't actually matter whether the object of your affection is fake?

12/08/2017 07:41 AM
Lawmakers Start Quoting Meat Loaf Lyrics Just Because
This week, one senator quoted the singer Meat Loaf during a committee hearing. That set off an all-out Meat Loaf quotation battle among the lawmakers.

12/08/2017 05:11 AM
Pizza-Making Gains World Heritage Status
On Wednesday Pizzaiuolo, the art of Neopolitan pizza-making, was added to UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

12/08/2017 05:11 AM
Montana Man Elected To Job He Didn't Run For
Richard Klose of Laurel, Mont., got elected to city council, even though he didn't run for the job. He got three write-in votes out of 52 votes cast. He told the Billings Gazette he plans to take it.

12/07/2017 05:18 AM
Plane Lands For Bathroom Break
A flight from New York City to Seattle had to make a stop in Billings, Mont., after the bathrooms stopped working.

12/07/2017 05:18 AM
Russian 7-Year-Old Gets Military Draft Orders
A 7-year-old boy in Russia received a draft notice. Russian media quote his grandfather saying the family will bring the boy at the appointed time — they don't want to be accused of draft-dodging.

12/06/2017 05:06 AM
A Dog Saves 2 Cats Because Dogs Are Clearly Superior Animals
A Canadian police dog was on a walk with an officer and followed his nose to discover two half-frozen kittens. Both of whom were then rescued by the Mounties.

12/06/2017 05:06 AM
Jim Beam Presents The Smart Decanter
Jim Beam is selling a talking whiskey decanter that will pour you a shot on command. It's voiced by a master distiller in Kentucky. But it deactivates after six months, and becomes a regular decanter.

12/05/2017 05:17 AM
Making Pizza In Space
Astronauts at the International Space Station sent down video of pizza night. Without gravity, they made pizza tossing look like a slow game of Frisbee.

12/05/2017 05:17 AM
How A Virtual Friendship Turned IRL
A 22-year-old rapper from Harlem formed a bond with an 81-year-old woman over the game "Words with Friends." So, they decided to finally meet.

12/04/2017 05:14 AM
An Ancient Sphinx That Turned Out To Be Not So Ancient
People working in sand dunes in northern California found a Sphinx. But it was made of plaster, and instead of thousands of years old, it was only 90.

12/04/2017 05:14 AM
Taking Breakfast Matters Into Your Own Hands
A guy named Alex Bowen went into a Waffle House at 2 a.m., but the lone employee was asleep. So he made his own breakfast.

12/03/2017 12:05 PM
The Boom Was A Bust: Pontiac Silverdome Blows Up, Doesn't Come Down
A planned demolition of the former home of the Detroit Lions failed on Sunday morning. The company in charge of the detonation says faulty wiring is to blame.

12/02/2017 01:55 PM
Californian Archaeologists Unearth A Not-So-Ancient Egyptian Sphinx
Archaeologists in Guadalupe, Calif., were startled by a peculiar discovery: A relic from Cecil B. DeMille's 1923 biblical film The Ten Commandments.

12/02/2017 07:43 AM
What Vermont's Capital And A City In France Have In Common
A spelling error led Montpellier, France, to donate some soccer jerseys to Montpelier, Vt.