News: Weird News

Chinese 'rainbow dinosaur' had iridescent feathers like hummingbirds

Monday  15:26,   15 january 2018
Reuters

Scientists on Monday announced the discovery of a crow-sized, bird-like dinosaur with colorful feathers from northeastern China that lived 161 million years ago during the Jurassic Period. They named it Caihong, the Mandarin word for rainbow.[...]

Rare 'Firework' Jelly Fish Spotted Off The Coast Of Mexico

Monday  14:39,   15 january 2018
International Business Times

The Halitrephes Maasi jellyfish is extremely rare and is one of a dozen to have been ever seen. This jellyfish looks like a 'firework' from is appearance.Researchers onboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus — a research vessel operated by the [...]

Japan's latest sensation is a cryptocurrency pop group

Monday  09:41,   15 january 2018
Engadget

If you're starting a pop group in Japan, where giant rosters and virtual superstars are par for the course, how do you stand out? The group's first single, "The Moon and Virtual Currencies and Me," warns listeners about the perils of[...]

5 Scrapped Designs for the World's Most Famous Buildings

Monday  09:00,   15 january 2018
Mental Floss

In an alternate reality, the Arc de Triomphe would have been a three-story-tall elephant statue.GoCompare, a comparison site for financial services, dug into these could-have-been designs for Alternate Architecture, an illustrated collection of[...]

Japan sewers clean up their act with manhole art

Monday  05:35,   15 january 2018
AFP

Japan's sewerage industry has found a way to clean up its dirty and smelly image: elaborately designed and colourful manhole covers with 12,000 local varieties nationwide -- including, of course, a Hello Kitty design. Appealing to a Japanese[...]

New turkey-sized plant-eating dinosaur identified after fossils found at Cape Otway

Sunday  14:05,   14 january 2018
ABC News

Scientists identify a new dinosaur that roamed on its hind legs, more than ten years after an amateur prospector found foot and tail fossils in Victoria's south-west.The fossils were found in 113-million-year-old rocks that form a sea platform[...]

Ancient statues looted in Lebanese war returned decades later

Sunday  10:30,   14 january 2018
Reuters

A marble bull's head made 2,400 years ago for a Phoenician temple and looted during Lebanon's civil war arrived in Beirut on Friday after American officials found it in the United States and sent it home. The object - along with two partial[...]

New Documentary Reveals the Surprising Place the Queen's Crown Jewels Were Hidden During WWII

Saturday  10:20,   13 january 2018
Mental Floss

Queen Elizabeth herself was kept in the dark for years.The unorthodox hiding place was recently revealed in a new BBC documentary, The Coronation, which looks back on Queen Elizabeth II’s rise to the throne in 1953. British news commentator Alastair [...]

Nobody moove! Cow causes chaos at Indian airport

Friday  19:23,   12 january 2018
AFP

First it was monkeys and rabbits. Now a cow has forced flights to be diverted from Ahmedabad airport and Indian authorities said Friday human negligence may have had a role. The brave bovine crept past security at a cargo gate at the airport in[...]

Wheelchair-bound athlete honoured for climbing up mountain

Friday  19:23,   12 january 2018
Reuters

<p>A car accident seven years ago stripped professional Hong Kong rock climber Lai Chi-wai of his ability to walk, but this did not stop him climbing up a mountain that is roughly the height of New York's Empire State Building.</p>A car[...]

Ancient China: 1,000-Year-Old Royal Palace Discovered

Friday  19:22,   12 january 2018
Newsweek

<p>Archaeologists discovered more than 100 structural components at the site in Duolun County, including glazed tiles, pottery and copper nails</p>Archaeologists discovered more than 100 structural components at the site in Duolun County,[...]

New York to open first city-approved dog cafe

Thursday  20:11,   11 january 2018
Relaxnews (AFP)

New York is just weeks away from getting its first dog café, where dog owners will be able to have lunch with their canine friend while out on the town.&nbsp;At Boris & Horton, dog owners will no longer have to tie up their pooch to a random [...]

Palestinians in East Jerusalem cherish horses as family

Thursday  15:10,   11 january 2018
Reuters

Palestinian Fares Salem treats the horses he looks after at stables overlooking Jerusalem's walled Old City as though they were members of his own family. The Salems have been tending horses for more than 30 years at their home in Arab East[...]

Fans shake, rattle and roll at Australia's Elvis festival

Thursday  07:20,   11 january 2018
Reuters

Hundreds of hip-shaking and wig-wearing Elvis Presley lookalikes and fans of the late King of Rock and Roll took trains from Sydney bound for Australia's annual Elvis festival on Thursday. Strains of "I Was The One" rang out along the platforms[...]

Pope treats poor to circus, upsetting animal rights activists

Thursday  07:20,   11 january 2018
Reuters

The Vatican said on Wednesday that the office of the pope's almoner, which manages his local charity disbursements and activities, had arranged for 2,100 people to take in a show at the Medrano Circus on Rome's outskirts.The Vatican said on[...]