NYC mourns sudden passing of beloved Central Park owl

NYC mourns sudden passing of beloved Central Park owl

Hoo could measure how many smiles this bird brought? After flying into a car early Friday morning, one of the most popular residents of Central Park passed away, the park announced today. “It’s with a heavy heart we share that a barred owl, a beloved Central Park resident, passed away early this morning,” the park’s … Read more

Here are the five best birria places in NYC

Here are the five best birria places in NYC

New Yorkers are saying yes to the mess. Birria — which means “mess” in Spanish — is one of the summer’s hottest food trends. The famously savory, sloppy stew is is traditionally made with beef or goat meat and is enjoyed alone with a spoon or stuffed into tacos, quesadillas, or mulitas (a sort of double-decker … Read more

Venomous West African cobra missing in Grand Prairie, Texas

Venomous West African cobra missing in Grand Prairie, Texas

Residents of a Texas neighborhood are hissed off with a snake owner after the poisonous reptile escaped. A West African banded cobra has been missing since Tuesday evening, and wildlife experts are on the lookout for the venomous creature in Grand Prairie, Texas. The cobra escaped from Tre Mat’s home on Tuesday, according to Grand … Read more

Penguins missing visitors at locked-down Thai Zoo: Keepers

Penguins missing visitors at locked-down Thai Zoo: Keepers

CHONBURI, Thailand, Aug 5 – The flip flop sound of penguin feet rang out at an empty zoo in Thailand on Thursday as a parade of birds waddled out of their enclosure for their daily splash in a pool to keep them healthy during a COVID-19 lockdown. Thailand is fighting its biggest coronavirus outbreak yet and has introduced strict … Read more

Dad talks down grizzly bear in nail-biting encounter

Dad talks down grizzly bear in nail-biting encounter

This dad puts Dr. Dolittle to shame. An Alaskan seaplane pilot demonstrated nerves of steel earlier this week after calmly convincing a massive grizzly bear not to attack him and his group of tourists. A video of the cool cucumber’s diplomatic defense methods currently boasts 11.4 million views on TikTok. “My seaplane captain said he … Read more

How a $72 fried rice ‘stunt dish’ almost ruined a restaurant

How a $72 fried rice 'stunt dish' almost ruined a restaurant

When San Francisco restaurant Lily started offering a $72 dish called “#1 Dac Biet Fried Rice” late last year, diners and influencers alike called it delicious. But the chef and cooks there called it “#1 douchebag fried rice.” Rob Lam, the chef at the upscale Vietnamese restaurant in the city’s Richmond District, concocted the dish … Read more

Heatwave turns already arid Kazakh steppe into mass grave for horses

Heatwave turns already arid Kazakh steppe into mass grave for horses

AKSHYMYRAU, Kazakhstan, Aug 6 – Dead horses lie scattered across the arid steppe of Kazakhstan’s Mangistau peninsula where severe drought has left the animals without food or water, threatening the livelihoods of hundreds of farmers. Unusually high temperatures, in some cases the highest on record, have been reported throughout the former Soviet region of Central … Read more

The US rifle loved by cartels, feared by Mexican police

The US rifle loved by cartels, feared by Mexican police

MEXICO CITY, Aug 6 – The flow of high-caliber arms smuggled across the porous US border has alarmed Mexican officials and few weapons are as powerful as the US-made M82 semi-automatic rifle increasingly favored by the powerful drug cartels. The M82 can easily penetrate bulletproof vests, concrete walls and even tanks, says its manufacturer Barrett Firearms. It is also one of the weapons … Read more