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Stinky Escape: Mafia Boss Flees Into Sewer
Offbeat  (tags: mafia, fugitive, escape, sewer )

- 3416 days ago -
One of Italy's most-wanted mafia fugitives eluded capture Monday by climbing through a trap door and into the sewer as police closed in on his hideout in southern Italy, authorities said.
Adventurer Makes History With Solar-Powered Joy Ride
Science & Tech  (tags: solar technology, zero-emissions, energy )

- 3546 days ago -
Swiss adventurer Louis Palmer is tackling the world's global energy crisis on three wheels at 35 miles per hour. Palmer is on track to become the first person ever to travel around the world in a car without a drop of gas proving free fuel for life.
Walking Catfish Storm Into Parking Lot
Offbeat  (tags: walking catfish, wildlife )

- 3603 days ago -
They are walking catfish, a non-native fish, according to Paul Shafland, a senior scientist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission It's not uncommon when the rains come and drainage systems overflow, for the fish to pop up.
How Much Oil Is There Really?
Business  (tags: Big Oil, money, economy, energy )

- 3614 days ago -
What is the "right" price for a barrel of oil? Japan's oil minister has said, based on fundamentals, that the price of crude should be $60 a barrel, not the $130 to $140 we see today.
Comet Smashed Mars Out of Shape?
Science & Tech  (tags: mars, comet, asteroid )

- 3617 days ago -
A giant crater made by an asteroid or comet explains why Mars is so lopsided, with a basin on one hemisphere and high terrain on the other, three separate teams of scientists said.The impact gouged out a hole 8,500km across and 10,600km long.
The No-Food Restaurant
Offbeat  (tags: culture, unusual, no food, no toilet, restaurant news )

- 3619 days ago -
We're all familiar with BYO restaurants where diners bring their own alcohol. But there's an establishment on King Island where the customers bring their own food. This place still calls itself a restaurant.
Vatican Shuts Out Dan Brown Film Team
Offbeat  (tags: religion, vatican, Dan Brown, faith, church )

- 3624 days ago -
THE Vatican has banned the makers of a prequel to The Da Vinci Code from filming in its grounds or any church in Rome, describing the work as "an offence against God". "Brown had turned the gospels upside down to poison the faith".
How Modern Science and Old-Fashioned Detective Work Cracked the Salmonella Case
Health & Wellness  (tags: tomatoes, salmonella, health )

- 3625 days ago -
"It was 21st-century molecular epidemiology and old-fashioned boot leather," says John Redd, the infectious disease branch chief with the Indian Health Service in Albuquerque. "You've got to get out from behind your desk and hit the road sometimes."
Reinvent, Reuse, Recycle
Offbeat  (tags: words, origins, e-mail, interesting )

- 3628 days ago -
If you were asked to guess when the word e-mail was coined, chances are you'd say perhaps a couple of decades back. Would it surprise you to learn that the first use of the word is recorded from around the time of Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)?
Black Japanese Watermelon Sold for Record $6,100
Offbeat  (tags: black watermelon, food )

- 3635 days ago -
A jumbo black watermelon auctioned in Japan on Friday fetched a record $6,100, making it one of the most expensive watermelons ever sold in the country.
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