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Offbeat 14,000 draft notices sent to men born in 1800s 14,000 draft notices sent to men born in 1800s
No, the United States military isn't trying to build a force of centenarians. It just seems that way after the Selective Service System mistakenly sent notices to more than 14,000 Pennsylvania men born between 1893 and 1897.
Offbeat Cat in Florida goes berserk; owner calls 911 Cat in Florida goes berserk; owner calls 911
A 4-year-old Russian blue cat named Kush is being quarantined after apparently going berserk inside a central Florida home, prompting its owners to call 911.
Offbeat Cop's '0INK' plate may lead to end of vanity plates in Indiana Cop's '0INK' plate may lead to end of vanity plates in Indiana
A fuss over a police officer's vanity plate has blown up into a constitutional debate that could lead to the Indiana General Assembly deciding whether to rewrite the law or stop selling personalized license plates altogether.
Offbeat  Family maintains hold on pit-spitting contest Family maintains hold on pit-spitting contest
When it comes to pit-spitting in southwestern Michigan, it's tough to beat the Krause family, who on Saturday maintained their dominance in the 41st International Cherry Pit-Spitting Championship.
Offbeat Man eats 61 franks and buns to win Hot Dog Eating Contest Man eats 61 franks and buns to win Hot Dog Eating Contest
High-ranking chowhound Joey "Jaws" Chestnut dropped to one knee and proposed to his longtime girlfriend before Friday's annual hot dog eating contest, then packed away 61 franks and buns to hold onto his coveted mustard yellow winner's belt.
Offbeat Floating strip club navigates regulatory shoals Floating strip club navigates regulatory shoals
A new attraction on Alaska's Kodiak Island features exotic dancers who entertain fishermen on a converted Bering Sea crabbing boat dubbed the "Wild Alaskan" - and it's already encountered choppy regulatory seas.
Offbeat Arizona man accused of a cruelty to rats Arizona man accused of a cruelty to rats
A man is accused of animal cruelty after hundreds of domesticated rats have been found dead or dying in a north-central Arizona travel trailer.
Offbeat Fat camps offer pudgy pets a way to slim down Fat camps offer pudgy pets a way to slim down (Photo Gallery)
It's not just a people problem: Growing rates of obesity in pets have led to the emergence of fat farms offering "pawlates," ''doga" and "Barko Polo," doggie versions of Pilates, yoga and Marco Polo to help slim down man's best friend.