news of the weird
Nov 22, 2013 — A huge cargo plane touched down at a small municipal airport in Wichita. That sort of thing happens, experts say, when pilots fly into an area with multiple airfields and trust that the first one they see is the one they want. Fortunately, no damage was done and the jet was able to depart later.
Nov 21, 2013 — A Boeing 747 jet was supposed to land at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita. Instead, it touched down at a small municipal airport across town. That was a problem: The runway there is much shorter than what the big jet typically needs on takeoff. But the plane is now on its way again.
Sep 27, 2013 — A small box found near Mont Blanc contained rubies, sapphires and emeralds thought to be worth more than $330,000. Authorities suspect they had been on board one of two Indian passenger planes that crashed in the area — one in 1950; one in 1966. The climber who found the treasure turned it in.
Sep 25, 2013 — A 1960 Studebaker was discovered in a South Dakota creek this week. Inside: what may be the remains of two high school girls who disappeared in 1971. This follows last week's discovery of two cars in one Oklahoma lake. Inside them: what may be the remains of six people who went missing decades ago.
Sep 18, 2013 — How did the cars and the people inside end up in western Oklahoma's Foss Lake? That's still a mystery. The vehicles and those last seen in them went missing in the '60s and early '70s. They were found by chance when sheriff's deputies were testing sonar equipment.
Sep 18, 2013 — Today's laugh break: The face-to-butt collision Tuesday night when the Houston Astros' Jonathan Villar slid into second and collided with Reds infielder Brandon Phillips' backside. It's drawing comparisons to Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez's infamous "butt fumble."
Sep 13, 2013 — The Ig Nobel awards celebrate work that makes people think and laugh. Among this year's other winners are researchers who discovered that if a cow lies down it will likely soon stand up.
Aug 23, 2013 — Just what did wash up on a beach? At first, there was wild speculation. Now, the thinking is much less dramatic. But check out photos of the rather gross remains found in Spain.
Aug 13, 2013 — A Cincinnati casino announced that Kevin Lewis had won a $1 million drawing. After the ceremonial check was presented, another Kevin Lewis came forward. Oops, he was the real winner. So what did the casino do? It rewarded them both.
Aug 7, 2013 — At a museum in Florence, Italy, an American apparently broke a cardinal rule: he touched a statue of the Virgin Mary. It's not clear how much it will cost to repair.