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Viral cat lawyer once drew attention for prosecution of a head shop owner

It wasn’t the first time cat lawyer Rod Ponton has made the national news.

By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
12/02/2021
Singer Taylor Swift receives the Tour of the Year award during the iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los A

Taylor Swift unveils unreleased songs on newly recorded 'Fearless' album

The original "Fearless," released in 2008.

By REUTERS
11/02/2021

Israeli animal rescuers zip-line cat trapped in palm tree to safety

Fire department ladders were too short to reach the cat, but dedicated rescue volunteers found a way to save its life.

09/02/2021

Puppy Bowl 2021 Is 'Bigger, Better, More Dramatic' After COVID-19

"We need puppies now more than ever."

By REUTERS
07/02/2021
Bright nebula gas cloud in deep outer space

Meteorites to be auctioned off for astronomical prices

Notable personalities expected to bid on the Christie's auction include Elon Musk and Uri Geller.

07/02/2021
Pizza (illustrative)

How to make an easy and cheesy pull-apart challah with pizza dip

You love challah. You love pizza. It might be time to combine these two cherished carbs together in one pan.

By SHANNON SARNA/JTA
05/02/2021
Emmanuel Macron

France's Macron: I will not surrender my umbrella

As Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovic spoke to reporters before a meeting with Macron, the French leader used an umbrella to shield his guest from the rain.

By REUTERS
03/02/2021

Miami Heat to use trained dogs in coronavirus detection

The team will be the first in the NBA to use dogs to screen the public.

Will Smith's production company to partner with Israel's Teddy Productions

Tedy is led by Tmira Yardni, and considered one of the leading production companies in Israel.

By MAARIV ONLINE
27/01/2021
Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) arrives before the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President

Bernie Sanders sells mittens meme sweatshirt for $45

The proceeds from the shirt will all go to Meals on Wheels Vermont.

24/01/2021
Date cupcakes

Egyptian woman arrested for baking 'food porn' pastries

An Egyptian woman was arrested for reportedly baking sexually-themed pastries for a birthday party at Gezira, an exclusive sporting club in Cairo.

Magic mushrooms begin growing in man's blood after injecting 'shroom tea'

The man was discovered by his family days later. He had jaundice, nausea, diarrhea, extreme confusion (unclear whether that was due to the mushrooms or not) and was vomiting blood.

ZERO MOSTEL in Fiddler

In Flo Milli’s new single, samples of Zero Mostel’s ‘If I Were a Rich Man’

The 20-year-old rising star, whose real name is Tamia Monique Carter and is not Jewish, uses the chorus of the Zero Mostel recording of the song.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
16/01/2021
Nazi Swastika

Nazi monkey, goats main attraction at Russian state-run circus

The act was commissioned by the Russian Orthodox Church, who cited a 2020 amendment exempting them from the 2014 blanket ban on Nazi imagery.

13/01/2021

Divers attempt to ride endangered sharks near Hadera

The Nature and Parks Authority has warned that doing so is illegal and potentially dangerous, due to the sharks themselves and the strong currents.

10/01/2021

Puppy Bowl returns for fur-rocious action, now with puppy cheerleaders

Adoption is the main goal of the event, which shines a spotlight on shelters and rescues. So far, all iterations of the Puppy Bowl have seen an 100% adoption rate for all participants.

10/01/2021

Nashville bombing suspect may have believed in lizard people, aliens

Anthony Q. Warner's writings indicate he believed reptilians and lizard people controlled the earth and had altered human DNA.

By REUTERS
03/01/2021
Pope Francis celebrates the Mass of Saint Peter and Paul, in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, J

Pope calls Maradona a fragile poet; decries doping cheats

In a wide-ranging interview with Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport published on Saturday, Francis recalled his own days playing soccer as a child.

By REUTERS
02/01/2021
Double rum cinnamon cocktail

A Jewish bartender’s 5 tips for perfectly delicious homemade cocktails

It’s been a unique and challenging year for all of us; learning how to find joy and relax is more important than ever.

By MADDY ALBERT/JTA
31/12/2020

Zombies, asteroids and scholarship: Nostradamus predicts 2021

The French nobleman of Jewish origin was famous in his lifetime. His unique predictions, which some say were written with divine help, capture our imagination even today.

Israelis exercise at the Sky gym club of Rav Chen  in Jerusalem on May 12, 2020.

1 in 6 say coronavirus lockdown helped them reach weight loss goals

A possible explanation of the surprising results is that lockdowns giving people more free time.

Four Santa Clauses visit Tel Aviv beach for pre-Christmas volleyball game

Tel Aviv is not the only town to have been visited by jolly old St. Nick this year, even amid the coronavirus pandemic.

23/12/2020
Letters

Letter sent by British WWII soldier delivered after being lost 76 years

British Lance Corporal John Wheldon-Williams, who was serving in Italy, wrote the letter to Pat Moore in 1944.

Scientists, alien hunters study mysterious signal from nearby star

Though detecting radio signals from space happens regularly, they almost always have a mundane origin. But this signal's direction of origin and frequency changes have scientists excited.

20/12/2020

Volunteer sleuths crack 'Zodiac' serial killer's coded message

Like the murders themselves, solving the Zodiac ciphers has become an international fixation for true-crime followers.

By REUTERS
12/12/2020
Dreidel art

Virtual Dreidel: A game made for coronavirus Hanukkah

Rabbi Shayna Golkow knew she wanted to do something to help disappointed campers capture some of the spirit of the season.

By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
11/12/2020

Former Israeli space security chief says aliens exist, humanity not ready

This "Galactic Federation" has supposedly been in contact with Israel and the US for years, but are keeping themselves a secret to prevent hysteria until humanity is ready.

10/12/2020

Netanyahu and Eden Ben Zaken release duet to support Israel's elderly

"There are vaccines for corona, but there is no vaccine for loneliness," said Netanyahu.

Utah monolith mystery deepens as desert object vanishes

The riddle in the desert, twice as tall as an average adult, drew scores of the curious to see it, even though its exact location was not made public.

By REUTERS
30/11/2020

Buried under Serbian cornfield, Roman military HQ sheds its secrets

Covering an estimated 3,500 square meters, the headquarters - or principium - belonged to the VII Claudia Legion.

By REUTERS
29/11/2020
Empty bottle and the glass of beer on wooden table

Man leaves $3,000 tip for a beer at Cleveland restaurant closing for virus

The restaurant owner called the "incredibly kind and grand gesture" unbelievable, but "symbolic of the kind of quality folks we have known at Nighttown all these years."

A scene from  Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Rare books returned to owners after 'Mission: Impossible' burglary in UK

The men accused of the theft, who were jailed in Britain last month, were dubbed the 'Mission: Impossible' gang by UK media because of their acrobatic technique.

By REUTERS
10/11/2020

Champ and Major: Meet the four-legged members of the Biden family

Major will hold the distinction of being the first rescue animal in the White House, and will be a contrast to Donald Trump's notable lack of pets during his tenure.

09/11/2020

Russian bear, tigers predict Biden will win US elections

The predictive prowess of the Royev Rochey Zoo inhabitants made headlines in 2016 when one of its residents, a polar bear named Felix, predicted Trump's victory over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

01/11/2020

Austria prints a postage stamp to remember COVID-19 by, on toilet paper

The 2.75 euro "corona stamp" comes in sheets 10 cm wide, or a tenth of the 1 meter that the government advises members of the public to keep apart from each other.

By REUTERS
23/10/2020

37 meter cat-shaped Nazca line discovered in Peru

While most Nazca lines were attributed to the Nazca culture, this cat geoglyph seems to be significantly older.

19/10/2020
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden participates in the first 2020 presidential campaign debat

Joe Biden sets up campaign headquarters on custom 'Animal Crossing' island

Visitors can spot Biden walking around the island. Should they try to interact with him, the nominee responds with one of his campaign slogans, "no malarkey."

18/10/2020
Walt Conti, founder and CEO of Edge Innovations, uses a handheld controller to move an animatronic d

Dolphins in theme parks could be replaced by robot models one day

"The idea of this pilot is really to create a kind of "Sesame Street" under water."

By REUTERS
15/10/2020

Dinosaur skeleton auctioned off for €3 million

The specimen is unusual because it is so complete: around 70% of the bones are present, and they were found aligned with each other, making it easier to reconnect them during the restoration process.

By REUTERS
13/10/2020

Super rare, purple-pink diamond up for auction, could fetch $38 mln

Mined by Russian diamond producer Alrosa, the 14.83-carat diamond was cut from the largest pink crystal ever found in Russia, Sotheby's said.

By REUTERS
12/10/2020

Mt. Vesuvius volcanic eruption turned man’s brain into glass

Charred wood found near the body allowed researchers to estimate that the site reached temperatures higher than 500 degrees Celsius, over 930 Fahrenheit.

By N’DEA YANCEY-BRAGG/USA TODAY/TNS
10/10/2020

Rare all-white tope shark caught in the UK for the first time

While finding a tope shark is amazing enough, as they are considered a critically endangered species, its made all the rarer for its lack of pigmentation, a rare sight on any animal.

07/10/2020

Brown bear 747 crowned fattest bear in Alaska

“This year he really packed on the pounds, looking like he was fat enough to hibernate in July and yet continuing to eat until his belly seemed to drag along the ground by late September.”

By REUTERS
07/10/2020

Pandemic prompts drive-through pet blessing in Philippines

From a safe distance inside their owners' cars, cats, dogs, and birds were sprinkled with holy water by a Catholic priest in Manila, as the nation's coronavirus cases continued to surge.

By REUTERS
04/10/2020

Russia arrests 2 men for stealing icon Putin donated to island monastery

Icons are an integral part of Russian Orthodox culture and are present at places of worship and used during religious celebrations.

By REUTERS
01/10/2020

Dead mayor comes out victorious in local Romanian elections

The posthumously acclaimed mayor, Ion Aliman, "won" the election by receiving 64% of the votes.

Canadian police arrest man over 'hoax' Islamic State activity

Shehroze Chaudhry, made social media posts talking about his role with Islamic State, gave several media interviews but a police investigation found the 25-year-old had no links to the group.

26/09/2020
Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, conducts a service during the "Holiday of Good F

Helicopters, armed police swoop in to arrest 'Russian Jesus' cult leader

Sergei Torop, aka Vissarion, has been running the Church of the Last Testament in Siberia since 1991.

Giant manta ray spotted off the coast of Eilat

Adi Barash, Chair of the Sharks in Israel NGO, said that such sightings are rare in Eilat.

One of largest known T. rex skeletons up for auction at Christie’s

“He showed it to scientists at the time who unfortunately misidentified it as a triceratops,” James Hyslop, Christie's head of Science and Natural History, told Reuters.

By REUTERS
16/09/2020

South Dakota A-G thought he hit a deer with his car, but it was a person

In his statement, Ravnsborg said he "immediately" called 911 after the accident and that the sheriff arrived to the scene shortly after.

By REUTERS
15/09/2020

A hundred-year-old postcard turns up in Michigan woman's mail

With the card tucked in among the usual bills and junk mail, Brittany Keech told CNN that she initially didn't give the card much thought.

Man breaks into Eminem's home, said he was going 'to kill' the rapper

Eminem reportedly thought that the person standing behind him was his nephew, but discovered to his horror that it was someone else who allegedly came to murder him.

Jelly Belly founder announces Willy Wonka-esque golden ticket contest

"We're looking for you Charlie, out there," said company founder David Klein, alluding to the classic 1964's children's novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

People participate in a meditation walk in support of Black Lives Matter organized by the Portland B

African American history professor admits she lied about being black

Jessica A Krug has built her academic career upon a black identity she now admits is not her own.

An Amazon logo is seen at its centre in Darlington, County Durham, Britain September 3, 2020

Amazon.com bans foreign sales of seeds in US amid mystery packages

Thousands of Americans have received unsolicited packages of seeds in their mailboxes, mostly postmarked from China.

By REUTERS
06/09/2020

Daredevil David Blaine pulls off high flying balloon 'Ascension' stunt

"It's like magic, it feels like I'm floating in the air," Blaine said on a radio to his team of aides back on the ground after gently lifting off from a desert airstrip in Arizona.

By REUTERS
05/09/2020

1,722 letters to the editor

Meet the cab driver who holds the Guinness Book of Records world record for the most letters to the editor published in the Israeli newspapers.

By SHLOMO MAITAL
02/09/2020

Rocket man reportedly spotted flying jetpack over LAX

"We just saw the guy fly by us on the jetpack," a pilot told traffic control.

INTO THE SEA: Ezer Fishler, from the environmental group Zalul, kneels beside sewage flow.

Half of a Paraguay lagoon turns purple as the other stays blue

A new highway bridge divided the lagoon in half. "Three months ago, thousands of fish began to die. The smell was unbearable."

A runner passes a sign warning of the dangers of polar bears on the Norwegian Arctic archipelago of

Polar bear kills Dutch man in Norway's Arctic Svalbard archipelago

The 38-year-old man was killed in his tent in the early hours of the morning.

By REUTERS
28/08/2020

Asteroid to come close to Earth the day before US presidential election

The effect the asteroid would have on the US presidential election, however, is likely negligible.

SNORKELERS SWIM with a whale shark, the world’s largest fish, at the Maldives’ South Ari Atoll in 20

Saudi man goes viral riding whale shark in Red Sea – watch

Despite their immense size, whale sharks are docile, and are known to be friendly and somewhat playful with human swimmers and divers.

23/08/2020
Australian Army marching in France in WWI

WWI-era photo reveals story about torn family of Jew, Christian

Marysia Galbraith, a Christian woman, from Alabama and Pini Doron, a Jewish man, from Israel discover their lost familial connection.

'Tiger King' zoo closing down, owner blames animal rights 'loons

"As of today, we have decided to close the old zoo effective immediately."

By REUTERS
19/08/2020

Australian man jumps on shark to save wife

"This fella paddled over and jumped off his board onto the shark and hit it to get it to release her and then assisted her back into the beach"

By REUTERS
15/08/2020

Coronavirus squeezes Americans out of jobs, making room for robots

Customer service givers, cashiers, hotel employees and even menial workers, have been slowly replaced by robots or AIs since the coronavirus caused an economic turmoil.

 Amazon's Ring Video Doorbell 2.

Australian man surprised by late night visitor: a huntsman spider

Australian man surprised to see a huge spider ringing his doorbell at 2 a.m.

Alligator in the Everglades National Park

Texas father rescues 4-year-old child from ‘massive’ alligator

Andrew Grande reportedly dashed from his home, grabbed his daughter and threw her over the fence.

'Kindergarten Cop' pulled from screening for glorifying police in schools

The movie follows a detective, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in arguably one of his most iconic roles, who goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher, only to quit his job and become a teacher.

06/08/2020

Sailors stranded on tiny Micronesian island saved by SOS sign in sand

The three men had embarked on Saturday on a 42 km trip from Poluwat to Pulap atolls, islands that are part of the Federated States of Micronesia.

A bear cools off from the summer heat with a froze

North Carolina bear marked with 'Trump 2020' sticker

A $5,000 reward was offered for any information on who placed a Trump campaign ad on a bear.

04/08/2020

Goats drink from pool water of southern Israel spa

This sight was caught on camera by one of the visitors to the hotel who then tweeted the video.

02/08/2020
Israeli social workers protest their working conditions and violence against them in Tel Aviv on Jul

Three suspects arrested for spraying protesters with water

Police said it would "allow the right to protest, but will show zero tolerance toward any show of violence."

Venice lowers gondola passenger capacity due to weight gain in tourists

"When [the boat] is fully loaded, the hull sinks and water enters. Advancing with over half a ton of meat on board is dangerous,” Roveratto said.

Man faces charges after disguising as elderly man to steal from casinos

The suspect, John Colletti, 55, was arrested on March 12, after casino employees in Kansas observed through a surveillance video a disguised individual wearing a prosthetic mask of an elderly man.

Pikachu pokemon card sells at auction for world record $233,000

Of the 39 cards released initially, only 10 remain, making it "the most valuable and rarest card in the world."

Jeff Bezos gets even richer, adds $13 billion to his worth

This sudden growth in figures is likely due to the increasing number of home-stayers who are purchasing more goods and services.

U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks to members of the media

AOC celebrates reaching rank of Silver III in 'League of Legends'

An outspoken fan of the game, moving up the ladder as a full-time congresswoman during an election year is no easy feat.

20/07/2020

Kanye West breaks ranks with Trump, vows to win presidential race

He said he would run under a new banner - the Birthday Party.

By REUTERS
08/07/2020

While pandemic rages, July 4 hot dog record broken again in New York

Joey Chestnut ate 75 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes, topping his previous record.

By REUTERS
06/07/2020

Taiwanese airport offers fake flights for travel-starved tourists

'Passengers' check in, go through passport control and security and even board the aircraft. They just never leave.

By REUTERS
05/07/2020
A protester holds a sign with the names of various indigenous tribes during a demonstration to deman

Ecuador indigenous group holds hostage, demand corpse

Interior Minister Maria Paula Romo said the man died of COVID-19 and was subsequently buried in accordance with international protocols for handling corpses amid the pandemic.

By REUTERS
04/07/2020
Teenagers at a party

Alabama students hosting 'COVID parties' to see who gets infected fastest

"They put money in a pot, and they try to get COVID. Whoever gets COVID first gets the pot. It makes no sense," a Tuscaloosa council member said. "They're intentionally doing it."

Russia's only police corgi retires after over 7 years of service

After collecting his pension, the veteran drug-buster plans to take up dancing and sports.

02/07/2020

Kissing now off the menu as lockdown ends for Dutch sex workers

Sex workers already adhere to strict health safety regulations in the Netherlands, but the industry has compiled a list of recommendations, including sexual positions to avoid.

By REUTERS
01/07/2020

With flights cancelled, man sails the Atlantic to see 90-year-old father

After Argentina canceled all international passenger flights, a 47-year-old man sailed across the Atlantic Ocean for 85 days to reach his 90-year-old father.

29/06/2020

Facebook prank says Back to the Future actors are 50's-era Israeli couple

“Everyone, I need help. I found this picture on a Tel Aviv street,” Ariel Plavnik, a 43-year-old tourism salesperson from Kfar Saba, Israel, wrote in Hebrew and Spanish in the Facebook post.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
26/06/2020

70-year-old woman undresses at Gilbert Gottfried’s daughter's bat mitzvah

During the Zoom bat mitzvah last week for the girl, a 70-year-old woman unwittingly removed her bathing suit and took a shower in full view of the other participants

By BEN SALES/JTA
24/06/2020

A Member of Knesset will be the next contestant on 'Ninja Israel'

Razvozov, who immigrated to Israel from the Jewish Autonomous Oblast of the Soviet Union when he was 11, started training at judo when he was only six-years-old.

Best Tennis player in the world Novak Djokovic tests positive for COVID-19

"Obviously it's not surprising how many players have tested positive when you see the scenes and the images and the videos from the tournament."

By REUTERS
24/06/2020

‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ team release a homemade music video

The YouTube video, which debuted Monday on Variety, is meant to promote the show’s Emmy Award bid.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
23/06/2020
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