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Oddities News Archive - November 25, 2004

BELLEVIEW, Fla. - It's hard to forget a birthday in the Dover family: Mom, dad and soon-to-be 1-year-old twins were all born on Nov. 26. On Friday, Kimberly Dover will turn 31, her husband Billy will be 35 and their twins, Angelica and Derrick will celebrate their first birthday.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A firefighter was charged with plotting to entrap his chief in a phony rape scheme so his friend could replace him, officials said. Edward Colleton, 38, was charged with conspiring to commit official misconduct and criminal solicitation. He was jailed Wednesday on $250,000 bail.

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An online casino forked over $28,000 Wednesday to the owner of a 10-year-old, partially eaten cheese sandwich thought to be embedded with the image of the Virgin Mary - and then sent the "religious icon" on a world tour.

NEW YORK - A woman who was sued by American Express over an alleged scam where she posed as a Saudi princess to steal thousands has countersued the company, saying she was mentally incompetent when she opened her account and the company should have known it.

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Have you seen this sponge? Police are looking for a blow-up figure of SpongeBob SquarePants swiped from a Minnesota Burger King.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A Bethlehem brewery forced to drop its Rudolph's Reserve ale in a copyright battle last year has brought the brew back with a new name and label that poke fun at the dispute.

SYDNEY, Australia - Aid workers and celebrity chefs created a stir on the banks of Sydney Harbor on Friday by cooking up what they hoped will be the world's largest risotto - a seven-ton tub of rice and peas - to raise awareness of world hunger.

BROCKTON, Mass. - Police have shut down what they said was an illegal gambling club, an establishment frequented mostly by senior citizens looking for a place to try their luck on video poker and card games.

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LOS ANGELES - Billionaires and multimillionaires are browsing for holiday gifts just like the rest of us, but the unbelievably rich are opening bulging wallets for dream presents that challenge the imagination.

Word of the Day
swell-mobsman
  • A member of the swell-mob; a genteelly clad pickpocket. Sometimes mobsman.
Use of the word 'swell-mobsman' dates at least to the early 1800s.