Video: Watch: Why did the elephant seal cross the road?

A massive elephant seal, estimated to weigh more than a half ton, took a leisurely stroll through the streets of a Brazilian resort town, blocking traffic for more than an hour.

Former NBA star has new job as crossing guard

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Former NBA star Adrian Dantley spent years guarding opponents on the court. Now he's guarding schoolchildren as they cross the street.

Op should reduce Texas tiger's arthritic pain

WYLIE, Texas (AP) — A vet hopes groundbreaking surgery has relieved the arthritic hip pain of a 13-year-old Siberian tiger at a Texas sanctuary.

Thumbs & Ammo website replaces guns with—you guessed it

Stick 'em up. Your thumbs, that is. The Thumbs & Ammo website has created a stir thanks to its posting of images from famous movies in which guns have been substituted with literal thumbs-ups. Harrison Ford in “Star Wars.” John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in "Pulp Fiction." Sylvester Stallone in "Bullet to the Head." [...]

Burger advert poking fun at Torres not to council's taste

LONDON (Reuters) - The blushes of Chelsea's misfiring striker Fernando Torres have been spared after a local council ordered the removal of an advertising hoarding that mocked his performances for the European champions. The advert for bookmakers Paddy Power was erected on a building next to Stamford Bridge but Spanish international Torres, signed from Liverpool for a 50 million pounds ($75.58 million) fee in January 2011, has had the last laugh.

Wanted: Scammer who squatted in upscale homes for 5 years

A Seattle woman faces felony charges alleging she played the role of a wealthy identity-theft victim and squatted in multi-million dollar luxury homes for five years. The online newspaper Seattle PI reports that 58-year-old Jessica Carde is still at large while facing 12 felony counts from the King County prosecutor’s office. How, exactly, did her [...]

Chinese bowl found at garage sale fetches over $2.2 million at auction

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A 1,000-year-old Chinese bowl that was bought for a few dollars at a garage sale in New York state sold for more than $2.2 million at auction on Tuesday. An unnamed New York family bought the "Ding" bowl, which is from the Northern Song Dynasty, for no more than $3 in 2007 and displayed it on a mantelpiece with no idea as to its real worth, Sotheby's said. After consulting with experts, the owners consigned the bowl for auction. Sotheby's estimated it would sell for $200,000 to $300,000. ...

Chinese bowl found at garage sale fetches over 1.46 million pounds at auction

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A 1,000-year-old Chinese bowl that was bought for a few dollars at a garage sale in New York state sold for more than1.46 million pounds at auction on Tuesday. An unnamed New York family bought the "Ding" bowl, which is from the Northern Song Dynasty, for no more than 2 pounds in 2007 and displayed it on a mantelpiece with no idea as to its real worth, Sotheby's said. After consulting with experts, the owners consigned the bowl for auction. Sotheby's estimated it would sell for 132,545 pounds 198,824 pounds. London dealer Giuseppe Eskenazi paid 1. ...

Scotland may allow Jedi to perform marriage ceremonies

The Force is strong with the Jedi in Scotland. A bill under consideration in Scotland would grant those who have literally made "Star Wars" a religion the power to perform marriage ceremonies. The BBC reports that the Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill would apply to other nonreligious groups such as the Flat Earth Society and [...]

U.S. still making payments to relatives of Civil War veterans

Ten years after the launch of the Iraq War, a number of critics and analysts have been pointing to war’s extravagant financial cost—to say nothing of its toll on human lives. But a surprising report shows that nearly 150 years after the Civil War's conclusion, the U.S. government is still paying relatives of veterans. An [...]

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