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Offbeat 2 California counties ask to form separate state 2 California counties ask to form separate state
Representatives of two counties in far Northern California petitioned state officials Thursday for the right to form a 51st state called Jefferson, formally asking state lawmakers to vote on their proposal.
Offbeat Laid-back Colo. burg to become Bud Lite's 'Whatever' town Laid-back Colo. burg to become Bud Lite's 'Whatever' town
Some people in normally laid back Crested Butte are not up for "Whatever" - a secretive Bud Lite plan to paint their mountain town blue and turn it into a fantasy town for an online and television ad campaign.
Offbeat Soggy start: Burning Man crews stuck at Wal-Mart Soggy start: Burning Man crews stuck at Wal-Mart (Photo Gallery)
Ah, Burning Man, the annual weeklong rave that draws thousands of free-thinkers to a remote spot in the Nevada desert. It's a festival so remote and bizarre that the only limit to free expression is imagination ... except when it rains.
Offbeat Coffee shop on honor system works in North Dakota Coffee shop on honor system works in North Dakota (Photo Gallery)
The owner of a North Dakota coffee shop is flattered his decision to operate the business on the honor system garnered international attention earlier this summer, but those who equate it to the goodness of all humanity might want to help themselves to a decaf K-Cup.
Offbeat Hitchhiking robot charms its way across Canada Hitchhiking robot charms its way across Canada
He has dipped his boots in Lake Superior, crashed a wedding and attended an Aboriginal powwow. A talking, bucket-bodied robot has enthralled Canadians since it departed from Halifax last month on a hitchhiking journey to the Pacific coast.