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Oddities News Archive - November 21, 2008

Police in Rio Rancho, N.M., say a number of speeding citations have been handed out to area drivers thanks to an officer's cherry picker hiding spot. The Albuquerque Journal said Friday that a police officer armed with a radar gun used the inventive hiding spot to clock scores of speeding drivers and

A kitten with two faces, each of which can issue a feline meow, has been born in the Australian city of Perth, a nurse says. Nurse Louisa Burgess said the 12 years she has spent taking care of animals, she has never seen anything like the two-faced kitten that was born during a recent surgery, the Melbourne Herald-Sun said in its Thursday edition. I have seen cats with two tails and extra legs, but not this, Burgess said. It has a full tummy and it survived the night so that is a good sign.

Inmates of a prison in the British county of Cambridgeshire lost out on a stand-up comedy course due to the inappropriateness of the class, officials say. British Justice Secretary Jack Straw said he and prison officials decided to cancel the comedy course at Her Majesty's Prison Whitemoor since it didn't represent an acceptable form of education for inmates, The Times of London said Friday. As soon as I heard about the course at HMP Whitemoor, I instructed that it must be immediately canceled, Straw said.

In an odd post-battle inquiry, Finland wants to know whether Russia, in its August conflict with Georgia, used Finnish camouflage, military officials say. Studying pictures taken in Georgia, Finnish authorities are trying to determine whether Russian armed forces were wearing M/05, a pattern that is based on digital photographs of Finnish forests and legally protected in the European Union. A spokesman for the Russian Interior Ministry flatly denied copying the Finnish pattern. None of us uses the M/05 camouflage for their uniforms, a ministry spokesman said.

A costly Boston project involving new condominiums and businesses is at risk due to a foul odor that one day could fill the air, officials say. Officials behind the Columbia Point construction project and its $1.5 billion price tag say they are very concerned with state plans to build an odor-control facility near their Dorchester Bay construction site, The Boston Globe said Friday. Corcoran Jennison officials say they worry the facility, which would serve as part of a larger sewer tunnel project, would result in occasional fogs in the area that carry with them a foul stench. Michael Lannan, the odor-control specialist for the company, alleged the possible future site would create three colored odor zones over the condominium community, as well as portions of South Boston and Dorchester. Inside the red, it would be like a bathroom you'd go into and want to leave, he told the Globe.

A former Roman Catholic priest who was allegedly found jogging naked in Frederick, Colo., has been ordered to register as a sex offender. In passing sentence for Robert Whipkey, Weld County Judge Timothy Kerns called the incident a manifestation of the substantial risk posed to the community without treatment, The Longmont (Colo.) Times-Call reported. State law requires Whipkey, 55, to register for 10 years.

U.S. prosecutors say the mystery man of Seattle was sentenced Friday to 30 months in prison after living under more than 20 assumed names for nearly 30 years. Assistant U.S.

Police in the Netherlands said a woman crashed her car near The Hague while she was attempting to kill a spider inside the vehicle. Authorities said the woman lost control of her car while attempting to kill the spider and the vehicle flipped over on the A4 motorway, Radio Netherlands/Expatica reported Friday. Traffic was backed up on the A4 as a result of the crash and two lanes of the road were closed.

A Swedish magazine geared toward gay men said members of its editorial staff underwent cosmetic surgery for an article about the practice. The editors of Dorian Magazine, which bills itself as a commercial lifestyle magazine for gay men, said they underwent procedures including nose jobs, lip augmentations, liposuction, facelifts and muscle enhancement surgery for the article, which appears in the current edition of the magazine, The Local reported Friday. Dorian Magazine represents an artistic fantasy world with an idealized beauty.

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.