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Florida man parks Smart car in kitchen so it won't blow away
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — It started as a light-hearted challenge between a Florida couple, can a Smart car fit into their kitchen? The answer: Yes it can.
Patrick Eldridge parked his smart car in his kitchen to protect it from Hurricane Dorian because he didn't want it to "blow away" and to prove that he can park his car there.
Jessica Eldridge said her car was already parked in the garage. To avoid cleaning their garage out, her husband proposed to park it in the house.
"I said there was no way he could. He said he could," Jessica said. "So he opened the double doors and had it in. I was amazed that it could fit. He had it in with no problems."
Dorian was skirting Florida's coast Wednesday, narrowly missing Jacksonville as it heads northward along the Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina coastlines.
The Category 2 storm has devastated the Bahamas, where rescue crews have only begun taking the full measure of the damage.
With the car in the middle of the kitchen, Jessica Eldridge had to move around it to cook and serve dinner.
"I'm hoping he will pull it out pretty soon once the wind dies down," she said. "There is room and it's not in the way but my dogs are confused by it."
Around 2,000 people vie to prove German city doesn't exist
BERLIN — Around 2,000 people are vying to win 1 million euros ($1.1 million) offered by a German city to anyone who can deliver solid proof it doesn't exist.
Officials in Bielefeld announced the competition last month, saying that there are "no limits to creativity" but only incontrovertible evidence will be rewarded. The idea that the western city doesn't exist was first floated by computer expert Achim Held, who posted the satirical claim online in 1994 to poke fun at internet conspiracy theories.
Still, the "Bielefeld conspiracy" has become enduringly popular, prompting even Chancellor Angela Merkel once to jokingly cast doubt on Bielefeld's existence.
The city's marketing agency said Thursday it received more than 2,000 emails by Wednesday night's deadline, around 300 from abroad. It will announce a result Sept. 17.
This story has been corrected to correct days of the week mentioned.
Cock-a-doodle-doo! French rooster crows over court win
PARIS — Maurice the rooster can keep crowing, a French court ruled Thursday, as it rejected a complaint from neighbors who sued over noise nuisance.
Maurice's case and several other lawsuits against the sounds of church bells, cow bells, cicadas and the pungent smells from farms have prompted a national debate over how to protect rural culture from the encroachment of expectations that are more associated with urban areas.
Maurice's owner, Corinne Fesseau, will be able to keep the rooster on the small island of Oleron, off France's Atlantic coast, the court decided.
Her lawyer, Julien Papineau, told The Associated Press that Fesseau "is happy. She cried when I when I told her the court's decision."
Maurice's dawn crowing is exasperating Fesseau's neighbors, a retired couple who moved to the island two years ago. They asked the court to make the animal move farther away, or shut up.
Instead, the judge in the southwest city of Rochefort ordered them to pay 1,000 euros ($1,005) in damages to Fesseau for reputational harm, plus court costs.
Their case also backfired in the court of public opinion, at least locally. More than 120,000 people signed a petition urging authorities to leave Maurice alone — and a "support committee" made up of roosters and hens from around the region came to support his owner during the trial in July.
"The countryside is alive and makes noise — and so do roosters," read one of their banners.
The ruling may spell good news for a group of ducks in the Landes region of southwest France, where a trial is under way between farmers and neighbors angry over the creatures' quacks and smell.
Authorities also ruled against residents of a village in the French Alps who complained in 2017 about annoying cow bells, and an effort last year to push out cicadas from a southern town to protect tourists from their summer song also failed.
Since Maurice's tale came to light, some French lawmakers have suggested a law protecting the sounds and smells of the countryside as part of France's rural heritage.
Rare, two-headed rattlesnake found in New Jersey forest
PEMBERTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. — It looks like something from a science fiction movie.
A newborn two-headed timber rattlesnake has been found in New Jersey's Pine Barrens. Herpetological Associates of Burlington County CEO Bob Zappalorti says the snake has two brains and each head acts independently of the other.
Two employees at the organization spotted the reptile in a nest where a timber rattlesnake was giving birth late last month.
Zappalorti tells NJ Advance Media it's the only two-headed timber rattlesnake ever found in New Jersey. He says it likely wouldn't be able to survive in the wild because its heads could get snagged on something.
Herpetological Associates will care for the snake.
Information from: NJ Advance Media.
Black bear found sleeping on restroom sinks in Montana lodge
BIG SKY, Mont. — A black bear was found in a Montana lodge by visitors who were surprised to find him sleeping in a restroom.
KTMF-TV reports the bear was asleep on the countertop between two sinks Saturday at Bucks T-4 Lodge in Big Sky.
Officials say the bear entered the restroom through a window and then could not get back out using the window or the restroom door, which was closed.
Officials say no one was injured and the bear was safely transported from the property.
Information from: KTMF-TV, http://abcfoxmontana.com
Moose on the loose at North Dakota football practice field
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A female moose looked like she was trying out for running back as she loped across a football practice field at the University of North Dakota.
University spokesman David Dodds says the moose wandered into Grand Forks overnight and found its way onto old Memorial Stadium on campus Tuesday morning.
Dodds says all the gates have been shut, and the animal is being confined to the practice field until the moose can be safely released.
UND Police tweeted video of the moose running on the practice field and asked everyone to stay away "so that the moose doesn't become stressed or panicked."
In the meantime, North Dakota football players are practicing next door for Saturday's game against rival North Dakota State in Fargo.
Bat appreciation day to be held at former Connecticut prison
EAST GRANBY, Conn. — The nation's oldest prison will be the backdrop for a day devoted to the importance of conserving bats in Connecticut .
The underground tunnels at the former prison, Old New-Gate Prison and Copper Mine in East Granby, are the winter home of several state-endangered bat species.
On Saturday, the public can catch a glimpse of endangered bats in the "bat cave." Other family-friendly activities are planned as well.
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Department of Economic and Community Development are planning "Bat Appreciation Day" to highlight the site's importance to conserving the bat population.
Bats at the historic site are considered "cave bats," in part because they hibernate underground in caves and mines.
Connecticut purchased the copper mine in 1773 and operated it as a prison for more than 50 years.
Anonymous flyer denies 'Sasquatch' reason for bridge closure
BRADFORD, Vt. — An anonymous flyer denying that Bigfoot is behind the prolonged closure of a bridge in a Vermont town has got locals talking about the mythical forest creatures.
The flyer first spotted at the Bradford post office said the prolonged closure of the Creamery Bridge over the Waits River was not due to the "displacement of or intrusion on a 'Sasquatch' or Bigfoot, either a single creature or several."
Last week Dartmouth College Professor Alexander Chee posted a photo of the flyer to Twitter . Since then, copies have been popping up across town.
Local resident Claudia Johnson tells MyNBC5 she thinks there's a local Bigfoot because she's heard unexplained rustling behind her home.
State transportation officials say the bridge is scheduled to be fixed in October.