Here is a look at some of the odd news from around the country for Sept. 1
SALT LAKE CITY - A Salt Lake City woman who held a Guinness World Record for her long fingernails before they broke off in a car crash says it was the most dramatic event of her life.
But Lee Redmond, who lost the fingernails in February, says it's now much easier to do things and her hands seem to fly with the weight of the nails gone.
BURBANK, Calif. - Authorities say a college professor on a crusade to change the way a Los Angeles weatherman uses terminology has to leave him alone or face six months in jail.
Melanie Patton Renfrew, a Harbor College teacher, wants KNBC-TV's Fritz Coleman to change references to onshore and offshore winds.
BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania - Authorities in eastern Pennsylvania say they have identified a suspected bank robber using the wallet he left behind.
Bethlehem police say 51-year-old Lloyd Virgil Barclay held up a KNBT branch on Wednesday morning, making off with $800. But Barclay forgot his wallet, which police say he placed on the teller's counter when he presented a note demanding money.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Dutch police who mowed down what they thought were illicit marijuana plants were red-faced Thursday when it emerged they'd ruined a research group's giant, officially sanctioned field of harmless hemp.
Police proudly announced Wednesday that they'd found more than 47,000 cannabis plants, with an estimated street value of nearly 4.5 million ($6.45 million) concealed in a corn field in the Flevoland province east of Amsterdam.
One of the greatest college pranks ever has inspired Madison leaders to name the plastic pink flamingo the city's official bird.
The Madison City Council voted 15-4 on Tuesday to give the plastic bird the distinction
SILT, Colo. - At least one critic in the western Colorado town of Silt says a new sculpture of a bare-bottom rock climber is exposing the public to a little too much art.
The statue shows a climber of undetermined gender scaling a cliff. It stands at a downtown intersection.
Forrest Jacobs says he complained to town officials that the sculpture is inappropriate but he says he got little response.
CANTON, Ohio — A judge unhappy with repeated interruptions from a robbery suspect ordered a deputy to put duct tape over the defendant's mouth.
Canton Municipal Court Judge Stephen Belden says the taping last Thursday was the best way to restore order at a hearing for 51-year-old Harry Brown of Canton, The Repository newspaper reported.
As the reigning table tennis world champion with two Olympic silver medals under his belt, China's Wang Hao almost had it all — except a girlfriend.
The 25-year-old was banned from dating until recently, when national team officials permitted his relationship with former national teammate, 23-year-old Peng Luyang, the government-owned China Daily reported Wednesday.
Howdy! It’s the Fifth Annual Big Tex Choice Awards where State Fair of Texas vendors duke it out in a friendly food fight to determine the new best edibles.
NEW YORK — Police are searching for a thief who made off with a musician's pricey flugelhorn after he fell asleep on a New York City subway train.
The 29-year-old musician says he was on an N train in Queens last week and nodded off. When he awoke as he approached the last stop, he noticed his black leather case was missing.