Steve Annear, The Boston Globe

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Recent articles by Steve:

‘You don’t see this every day, folks’: Fishermen spot orca swimming off coast of Cape Cod

Two fishermen in the waters off Cape Cod on Sunday afternoon took video and photographs of a large orca — better known as a killer whale — swimming nearby. → Read More

Here’s the story behind that eye-catching ‘Pencil Truck’ in Somerville

The unmistakable truck, with its nearly nine-foot pencil, was customized and created by Adam Zapotok, a digital fabrication teacher who makes and sells minimalistic illustrations and detailed 3D works known as “miniatures.” → Read More

Love, loss, and the family who rallied to get an 800-pound, Egyptian-style statue out of a Quincy home

It was $2,000, but Paul Turowski had to have it, even if it cost more than that to ship it from California and have a crane company hoist it up to the second floor of the house he shared with his wife, Katie Turowski. Which it did. → Read More

At MIT’s ‘Banana Lounge,’ it’s not just the free food that’s a-peeling

It’s called the “Banana Lounge,” and from its conception a few years back to its data-driven logistics that help it run 24/7, it’s quintessential MIT, part of its inventive yet practical culture. → Read More

Welcome to the whimsical world of David M. Bird’s ‘Becorns’

Bird’s imaginative art project features tiny characters crafted from acorns, twigs, and other outdoor materials and posed in nature as if they’re interacting with real-life woodland creatures. This year, the artist’s project took off — and found itself a larger-than-life audience. → Read More

‘Anyone know how to get a turkey out of the house?’: A fowl ran afoul in this Newton resident’s house.

When she walked into her family room that day, she was greeted by a strange intruder: a large turkey roosting near a picture window in her ranch-style home. → Read More

Good Taste Records gears up for North End opening as surge in vinyl sales continue

According to industry analysts, the vinyl resurgence accelerated in 2021. For Coty Smith and his wife, Lindsey, it seemed like the perfect time to open their own shop. → Read More

Coming soon to Provincetown: Electric carts to tour the scenic summer spot

People flocking to the tip of Cape Cod will soon be able to rent “stylish, street-legal electric vehicles” that are about the size of a golf cart to check out the town’s store-lined side streets or head to the beach for the day. → Read More

Meet Jimmy Cash, the school custodian who moonlights as a standup comedian and TikTok star

Jimmy Cash has broken serious ground on TikTok, where millions of people worldwide have watched — and connected with — his videos about his life scrubbing surfaces and interacting with young minds. → Read More

From ‘Singing Babysitter’ to ‘American Idol’ contestant, Delaney Renee Wilson’s dreams are coming true

Wilson wowed judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie during her audition on the show’s recent season premiere. She’s now off to Hollywood for the next round. → Read More

A Maine Department of Transportation hard hat was found in a fjord in Norway, thousands of miles from home

Could it have been from Maine, the province in France, Sigbjørn Eide wondered? It seemed like a long way for a helmet to travel on the tide. Little did he know. → Read More

‘Thanks, New York Times’: Some people say their Wordle streaks were reset — but the Times is on it

While fervent Wordle fans knew the newspaper was taking over their new favorite pandemic pastime, they weren’t expecting the P-E-S-K-Y interruption.“Streak reset to 1,” one person tweeted Friday. “Thanks, New York Times!” → Read More

She’s on a mission to meet — and highlight — the people who make up the fabric of Boston

Naomi Szanto, who recently moved to the city, launched a social media campaign called “Boston Commoners,” where she sets out to spend time and talk with the strangers we pass by everyday — and share their stories with the world. → Read More

New Hampshire will sell rapid COVID-19 tests at state liquor stores

At a hearing, the state’s Executive Council approved a request by the Department of Health and Human Services to use federal funds to purchase 1 million over-the-counter antigen tests for liquor store customers. → Read More

Sidle up to the ‘Wee Irish Pub’ — a miniature barroom-on-wheels that can be delivered straight to your door

Two brothers from Reading built a 7-foot-by-17-foot traveling pub that comes complete with a bar, taps, benches, and Irish décor. → Read More

The Sav-Mor Liquors sign on McGrath Highway in Somerville will no longer be telling you jokes

The company is moving its flagship to a spot in Assembly Row, and is giving up the large marquee where they’ve long posted humorous sayings to the delight of customers. Luckily, they will keep up the shenanigans on a much smaller sign at their new location. → Read More

COVID-detecting dogs are visiting some schools to help sniff out the virus on surfaces

The Bristol County Sheriff’s Office has launched a program that enlists two young dogs to scour nooks and crannies in 15 Bristol County schools where the odor of the coronavirus may have been left behind. → Read More

All done with your Christmas tree? These farm goats will happily eat it for you

Before you throw out your holiday centerpiece, consider dropping it off at a local farm instead. → Read More

A century ago, this Santa Claus lookalike from Maine was considered the ‘Christmas Tree King of America’

From 1866 until his death in 1928, if you lived in certain major cities and had a Christmas tree in your home, there was a good chance that Chapman — who called himself one of Santa’s helpers, playing into the jokes about his distinct resemblance to old Saint Nick later in life — had a hand in getting it there. → Read More

Welcome to ‘Elfland’: An 8-year-old Somerville boy started building a miniature village on a vacant lot — then strangers secretly pitched in

Now, there’s an entire tiny town with its own hashtag, T-shirt design, and location on Google Maps. → Read More