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Unlikely stories from around the nation and the world.

10/13/2017 05:07 AM
Follow Your Dreams, Except Maybe This One
A man in Iowa led police on a chase after refusing to pull over for a traffic stop. He said he wanted to be chased because it was a goal on his "bucket list." Now he faces multiple charges.

10/13/2017 05:07 AM
A Place Where Everyone Gets 'Seinfeld' Entrance Music
A student in Arizona rigged his dorm room door to play slap bass sounds from Seinfeld when someone opens it.

10/12/2017 05:33 AM
That's A Lot Of Pumpkin Pie
Every year Half Moon Bay, Calif., holds a giant pumpkin contest. The winner weighed 2,363 pounds and is the heaviest pumpkin in the competition's 44-year history.

10/06/2017 05:00 AM
A Restaurant Robber Takes Time To Cook, Clean And Tip
Security video shows a man breaking into a restaurant. He hammered open the cash register, but also made food, then refrigerated the leftovers and cleaned up. He also put a dollar in the tip jar.

10/06/2017 05:00 AM
Proof Of The Dangers Of Pumpkin Spice
A school in Baltimore was evacuated for what was thought to be a potentially dangerous substance. It was a pumpkin spice air freshener.

10/05/2017 05:39 AM
I'm Not Drunk, I'm A Time Traveler
Police in Casper, Wyo., arrested a man for public intoxication. He said he was a time traveler from the year 2048 and aliens forced him to drink.

10/05/2017 05:36 AM
Thief Targets Martial Arts Gym
A man in Rio de Janeiro tried to rob a gym, which turned out to be a martial arts gym. Surveillance video shows him being chased by students in jiu jitsu uniforms.

10/04/2017 06:06 AM
Love At Second Sight
Jessica Gomes and Aaron Bairos were born on the same day in the same hospital. Their paths crossed in high school and also in a driver's ed class. They got married last month.

10/04/2017 05:57 AM
Sweet, Sweet Little Ramona
An NPR editor mistakenly posted on NPR's Facebook page about a baby and a cat. It went viral, after people said it was something happy to read about after recent bad news.

10/03/2017 10:58 AM
That Time #Ramona Made Everyone Smile For A Few Minutes
A snafu on NPR's Facebook account on Monday night revealed how some people needed something else to focus on in the aftermath of Las Vegas, Puerto Rico, Florida and Houston.

10/01/2017 11:22 PM
NPR News Nuggets: A Clown And A Bicycle Race, With A Side Of Spilt Nachos
Here's a quick roundup of some of the mini-moments you may have missed on this week's Morning Edition.

09/29/2017 04:51 PM
Hugh Hefner's Final Resting Place? The Plot He Bought Next To Marilyn Monroe
Monroe, who died in 1962, didn't get a say in whether she would want to spend the hereafter next to Hefner, who launched his magazine using nude photos of her.

09/29/2017 05:02 AM
Talk About Self-Love
An Italian woman had a wedding ceremony to marry herself. She said she promised friends if she didn't find her soul mate by age 40 she would have a solo wedding — "sologamy." It has no legal weight.

09/28/2017 04:11 PM
Killer Clown Suspect Arrested 27 Years After Bizarre Slaying
Detectives worked the case for years but couldn't convince prosecutors they had enough evidence. Sheila Keen Warren was arrested at the home she shares with her husband, who was married to the victim.

09/28/2017 03:11 PM
It Rained Fish In Mexico, Officials Say. No, It's Not The End Times (We Think)
The director of civil protection in Tamaulipas state confirmed reports that several fish fell from the sky during a light rain. And as it turns out, the phenomenon isn't exactly unprecedented.