Oddities News Archive - November 27, 2004
ST. LOUIS - Proving that diamonds indeed are forever, a widower got a gem of a keepsake made from his late wife's ashes this month: a 0.35-carat, round yellow diamond.
WORCESTER, Mass. - A Thanksgiving dinner turned violent when a man with a history of mental illness allegedly stabbed two relatives with a carving knife after they criticized his table manners.
A soft, pungent cheese from northern France has topped a British researcher's study of the world's whiffiest cheeses. Academics at Cranfield University north of London said Friday that Vieux Boulogne, a Normandy cheese made from cows' milk, was the smelliest of 15 cheeses tested.
ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A gun-wielding robber swiped a red Salvation Army kettle from a collector in front of a supermarket, police said.
TRENTON, N.J. - For Tirso Furcal, having a sixth finger projecting from one hand and an extra toe on each foot made life in his impoverished country, the Dominican Republic, even more difficult.
NEWARK, N.J. - A father's attempt to teach his daughter a lesson about drinking backfired when the teen led police to a stash of drugs and weapons inside their home. Kevin Winston, 46, called police at 2:45 a.m. Friday after his 16-year-old daughter came home drunk and unruly.
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Authorities in Sweden arrested a man who shot mobile phones into the yard of a high-security prison with a bow and arrows, police said Saturday. The 25-year-old man is charged with planning to aid a prison escape and could get up to a year in jail, police said.
ALBUQUERQUE - Authorities say an inmate at the Metropolitan Detention Center here was able to spend Thanksgiving as a free man after he pulled a switch on jail officials.
- The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
- An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
- Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.