Strange News


Tue May 28, 2013
The Two-Way

Does Canada's $100 Bill Smell Like Maple Syrup? Many Say So

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 1:31 pm

Canada's $100 bill. Some think it smells sweet.
Bank of Canada

This much is true: Many Canadians apparently think their government has embedded a maple-scented scratch-and-sniff patch in the nation's $100 bills.

According to CTV, "dozens of people" contacted the Bank of Canada after the polymer bills were introduced in 2011 to say they were sure there was something fishy ... or perhaps we should say sweet ... about the money.

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Wed May 1, 2013
Strange News

High Schoolers Show Up For Prom On Wrong Night



Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.

Prom is the high school highlight for many teens. But maybe not for 400 students from Bloomington High here in Southern California, who showed up for their prom a week early. The invitations had the wrong date. Faced with students in gowns and rented tuxes, the venue managed a makeshift party complete with DJ and chicken strips. One mother wasn't impressed. Those chicken strips, she said, were the most expensive the kids would ever eat.

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Thu April 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Have You Seen Me? Giant Styrofoam Head Found

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 12:49 pm

A floating head was discovered by the Marist College men's crew team this week in the Hudson River.
Tyler Sawyer, Marist College Facebook

Crew members from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., were out practicing on the Hudson River this week when they were surprised by a gigantic head floating toward them.

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Tue April 23, 2013
Strange News

Help Wanted: Must Like Big Stones, Work Well With Druids

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 6:04 pm



Now, from the Help Wanted desk here at ALL THINGS CONSIDERED.


Manager wanted at Stonehenge: Must like big stones and work well with Druids.

CORNISH: OK, that's not the exact wording they used, but English Heritage - which runs Stonehenge and the other U.K. historic sites - is in fact looking for a general manager for the ancient site.

SIEGEL: They're also looking for a part-time solstice manager.

CORNISH: Right. The full-time gig pays almost pays almost $100,000 a year.

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Fri April 19, 2013
Strange News

Explosions In The News Hit Home For Boston Runner From Texas



Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

If you think this has been an unbelievable week of news, try telling it to Joe Berti. Mr. Berti traveled to Boston for that city's marathon and crossed the finish line seconds before the first bomb exploded. He was OK and he went home to Texas, where he was close enough to a fertilizer plant to see it explode on Wednesday night. Some people might feel star-crossed at that point, but Mr. Berti considers himself lucky.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.