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Oddities News Archive - November 24, 2008

A deer struck by a car outside the city of Guelph, Ontario, was thrown on top of a passing jogger, but the man wasn't injured, police said. The car was traveling on a road outside a preservation park Sunday when the deer bolted in front of it, police said. The animal, thrown from the vehicle, knocked down an unidentified 38-year-old man who was jogging on the sidewalk by the forested area, the Guelph Mercury reported. The jogger declined medical attention.

One major retailer is giving a holiday gift to U.S.

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Christine Strange and her husband, Nigel, say a couch in their home in the British city of Bristol makes mysterious noises because they believe it's haunted.

A New York man will serve four months in jail after pleading guilty to grand larceny charges related to the theft of 54 packs of bubble gum, a judge says. Judge Robert Raciti of Queens Criminal Court handed down the sentence to William Rouse, 47, who was allegedly seen on a surveillance camera attempting to steal the bubble gum from an area Kmart last week, the New York Post said Monday. Sources said before Rouse could leave the scene of the crime with his chewable booty, a security guard stopped him and allegedly found the bubble gum in a bag Rouse was carrying. The Post said the four-month jail sentence was given to Rouse for the estimated $172 theft due to a prior alleged bubble gum theft. Court documents indicate that on July 31 a Wholesale Club manager caught Rouse allegedly attempting to steal 25 packs of gum from the store.

A Virginia man says he is taking his daughter and stepson with him on a 9,000-mile motorcycle journey to help build bridges in third-world countries. Ken Hodge says the purpose of the trip is to raise money for a Rotary Club program in his home town of Newport News.

An British jockey who seems more at home with cows than horses announced his retirement shortly after winning his first race -- in 28 years of trying. Anthony Knott, a dairy farmer and amateur jockey, won a weekend race at Wincanton Racecourse in Somerset by nearly two lengths despite a late charge

Police in Harwich, Mass., said they are investigating the origins of an intact and in tune piano found without explanation in the woods. Investigators said the Baldwin Acrosonic piano, model No.

United Airlines says it will help the turkey that dodges Thanksgiving dinner at the White House make its getaway to Disneyland this week. The airline will strap the lucky bird into a first-class seat Wednesday for a non-stop flight from Washington to LAX where it will be whisked to Orange County and

A British poll released to coincide with the DVD release of The X-Files: I Want to Believe suggests more Britons believe in the supernatural than God. Researchers said the poll of 3,000 people found 54 percent of respondents believed in God while 58 percent expressed a belief in the supernatural, The Daily Telegraph reported Monday. The researchers said female respondents were more likely to have faith in the supernatural and were more likely to have visited a medium. Nearly a quarter of those polled claimed a past encounter with paranormal forces while 37 percent of those polled said extraterrestrials and ghosts formed the basis of their belief system. The poll was conducted by retailer Choice U.K.

An Italian political party is offering $1,940 to parents in five cities who name children after World War II-era dictator Benito Mussolini or his wife Rachele. The far-right Movimento Sociale-Fiamma Tricolore, or Italian Social Movement, said residents of five municipalities in the sparsely populated Potenza province will be eligible for the cash aid provided they name children born in 2009 either Benito or Rachele after the fascist leader and his wife, ANSA reported Monday. The small political party said the parents must also promise to use the money on cribs, clothes, food or other necessary items for their infants. Vicenzo Mancusi, the regional head of the party, said the new program does not resolve the problem of the region's declining population, but it is a small attempt by a small party. He said the choice of Benito and Rachele as the names for the program was purely casual.

Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'