Best of the worst
Author wins award for awful sex scene
Smaug glares from airplane
Air New Zealand unveiled a giant image Monday of the dragon Smaug on both sides of one of its planes to celebrate the premiere of the second movie in the Hobbit trilogy, filmed in New Zealand. The Boeing 777-300 was scheduled to fly to Los Angeles for …
World's most arrested man gets jail turkey
DADE CITY — Whatever prompted Julann Roe to pay her property tax bill in $1 bills and pennies — whether a political protest or a statement about taxes in general — wasn't made clear Monday morning.
Winston Fiore and his girlfriend, Rachel Auer, haven't mowed their lawn in months.
That's a job for Shelby and Gabby.
Ex's gesture stands out
To get even with his former wife's new lover, a Michigan man moved next door to her and erected a 12-foot-tall statue of a middle finger. Alan Markovitz's gesture went out on Twitter after her daughter posted a picture, WJBK-TV, Detroit, reported Friday. …
Running into history
new 100-meter dash record set on all fours
Welcome to another edition of off-the-wall news compiled by the editors of tampabay.com. Just when it seemed like much too normal a week, along came these gems.
Gobbling up suds
Farmer fattens up his turkeys with beer
When it comes to pairing beer with poultry, Joe Morette isn't too fussy. His turkeys will drink just about anything. Morette, who is raising about 50 Thanksgiving turkeys this year, has been giving his birds beer since 1993. Morette, who …
Factory fire causes shortage
The Sept. 24 blaze at what is billed as the world's biggest maker of knishes has created nationwide shock and oy. Kvetching has been going on at delis, diners, food carts and groceries since the shortage began, but lovers of the doughy pillows of pureed …