Winckler's Wacky World: Deputy Dawg appointed

Mona Lisa's sister, bad (or maybe good?) news for aerophobics, driverless cars, a new element and a printable gun

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Deputy Dawg

A US town has only one police officer: a drug-sniffing dog. The police chief of the small eastern New Mexico town of Vaughn resigned, leaving the town with just one certified member on its police force a drug-sniffing dog named Nikka.

Daddy's girl?

One of Hong Kong’s richest men has offered a reward of nearly £40 million to the man who can woo his lesbian daughter.

Mona Lisa had a sister

Leonardo Da Vinci painted another Mona Lisa and, after 35 years of research, the artwork’s anonymous owners have the evidence to prove it. The Mona Lisa Foundation announced today that it would reveal definitive proof that Da Vinci painted the “Isleworth Mona Lisa,” The Associated Press reported.

Safer in the sky

Though most passengers may not be aware of the hazards on the ground, runway near misses are not isolated events. Since 2008, there have been about three incidents a day in which a plane or a vehicle gets on an active runway by mistake, an average of 1,000 a year.

No more driving lessons

Gov. Jerry Brown rode to Google headquarters in a self-driving Toyota Prius before signing legislation Tuesday that will pave the way for driverless cars in California.

Bill Murray Steals the Ryder Cup

Chicago native and notable city figure/golf fan Bill Murray was at Medinah on Tuesday for the celebrity pro-am golf tourney of Ryder Cup week.

Banana republic

Pre-Peeled Bananas incur the wrath of humanity. A supermarket chain which advertises using a slogan that urges more common sense in shopping has been selling peeled bananas on plastic trays wrapped in foil.

Lake trout gives fisherman the finger

After Haans Galassi lost four fingers from a wakeboarding accident, he joked about his fingers turning into “fish food.” That prophecy came true.

It's elemental

High-school chemistry students, beware. Japanese scientists say they have created one of the elements still missing from the periodic table. The elusive element 113—an atom with 113 protons—has to be manmade because it doesn't occur naturally on Earth.

Download, print, fire

A new project which lets anyone print a gun in their own home is raising new concerns about the legality of homemade firearms.

American Elections for dummies

Understand the american elections in one simple infographic