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Oddities News Archive - November 25, 2008

Jason Patton's friends say he jumped from his doomed plane to safety seconds before it crashed on takeoff at the airport in Boulder, Colo. The Daily Camera newspaper in Boulder, Colo., said Tuesday that Patton escaped unharmed Monday when his experimental plane spun out and slammed to the ground at Boulder Municipal Airport. Ulrich and Joan Hauser said Patton jumped from the cockpit just before the plane hit the runway and walk away from the wreck no worse for wear. The Camera said Patton, who hails from Minnesota and lives in Guatemala as a missionary, told sheriff's deputies a slightly different tale.

The facility manager of a Kansas City, Mo., elementary school said he needed help evicting a bobcat that he found holed up in the building. KMBC-TV in Kansas City said Tuesday the female cat had to be taken out by an animal rescue group after apparently deciding Maplewood Elementary School was too cozy to leave. I kicked at it … tried to run it off.

A cat named Charley is credited with saving his owner from a fast-moving fire in their home in Dunedin, Fla. John Griffin said the cat climbed on his face and clawed at him until he got out of bed and ran from the burning house, the St.

An artificial Christmas tree bearing the names of poor children needing gifts has been stolen from a post office lobby, police in Sorrento, Fla., said How rotten is that? asked Greg Johnson, 43, who had planned to buy gifts for several of the needy children. The tree, decorated with 50 cardboard angels

Wearing a jet pack, a former TV stunt man has entered the record books by flying 1,500 feet across a gorge on the Arkansas River. Eric Scott fired up his 135-pound pack Monday and crossed the Royal Gorge in 21 seconds at an altitude of 1,053 feet, the Rocky Mountain News reported Tuesday. Scott set

Louisville, Ky., boosters say the city's annual Christmas celebration will go on as scheduled despite last-minute changes made to mollify Dr.

A Kansas man, a skid loader and an allegedly stolen ATM all survived a 50-foot tumble down an embankment during a burglary, police say. Leavenworth, Kan., Police Chief Patrick Kitchens told The Kansas City Star the 49-year-old suspect sustained only minor injuries after mishandling a stolen skid loader he had allegedly used to pry an ATM loose from a federal credit union Sunday morning.

A pedigreed Persian cat from Raleigh, N.C., has received its 39th Best in Show title at the 2008 International Cat Show in Atlanta. Brandon Moore, 22, said his 1-year-old black Persian, named Santos, was named the top cat from a pool of 730 during the weekend by judges from the Cat Fanciers' Association, the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer reported Tuesday. Moore and the cat's other owners said Santos has been named Best in Show at 39 of the 40 cat shows he has participated in, including shows in Belgium, Ukraine and the Netherlands. The owners said Santos lives the celebrity life in a home with Moore and another owner, Justin Pelletier, 30.

A Conroe, Texas, man said a letter his daughter wrote for a homework assignment years ago has yielded him a presidential pardon. Danny Pue, who was convicted on felony charges of illegal treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous materials and chemicals used to preserve utility poles in 1996, was one of 14 people pardoned Monday by President George W.