Oddities News Archive - November 29, 2008

A Kentucky lawmaker who fought for a state law acknowledging the need for God's help in protecting against terrorism says it is appropriate. Since 2006, Kentucky's Office of Homeland Security lists its first priority is stressing the dependence on Almighty God as being vital to the security of the Commonwealth, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported Friday. The office is required to publicize need for God's protection in its reports and to post a plaque at the entrance to the state Emergency Operations Center that carries a statement that starts: The safety and security of the Commonwealth cannot be achieved apart from reliance upon Almighty God. This is recognition that government alone cannot guarantee the perfect safety of the people of Kentucky, said state Rep.

Australian golfer Don Dasher Asher says he got along fine with his chums at a Brisbane golf club until he showed up in a dress. Asher, 52, of Redland City was booted from the Wynnum Golf Club men's team after members got upset when they found out he was taking hormones in preparation for a sex-change procedure, The (Brisbane) Courier-Mail reported Saturday. It took an emergency meeting at the club but Asher was given permission to play for the ladies team, a move that's just fine by him, the newspaper said. It feels as though everything is right at last, said Dasher, whose wife and 27-year-old son are standing by him.

A man in China with no arms was caught driving in Beijing by steering with his feet, officials said. Zing Shen, 42, has been driving with his feet for years, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday. The reportedly told police he has used his feet to steer ever since he lost his arms in an industrial accident several years ago.

Officials in the town of Soap Lake, Wash., say they want to host the world's largest working lava lamp in order to boost tourism in the area. Soap Lake Mayor Wayne Hovde said the town has moved the 50-foot lava lamp from Times Square in New York to the small Washington town in preparation for erecting the unusual monument in the center of town, The (Britain) Daily Telegraph said Friday. The erection of the over-sized 1960s cultural icon and a supportive tower have been delayed for years due to concerns that the company that owns the lava lamp copyright would not offer its approval. But Hovde is confident that Soap Lake will eventually get permission to display its lava lamp from Haggerty Enterprises, Inc., the Tri-City Herald of Washington said. For Soap Lake resident Brent Blake, the addition of the towering lamp would help boost the town's slumping tourism trade. People will come from all over the world to see this structure of awe, Blake said.

A California man used a 2-foot decorative lawn candy cane to beat and subdue a neighbor who allegedly attacked guests with a knife, police say. Sacramento, Calif., Police Department spokesman Sgt.

Owners of Christmas tree lots say they're among nervous U.S.

Five deer leaped to their deaths from a highway overpass in Indiana, including one that hit a passing truck's windshield, authorities said. No people were injured in the bizarre incident that motorists witnessed at 12:30 p.m.

Sam Young had 15 points and eight rebounds Saturday, pacing No. 4 Pittsburgh to a 57-43 win over Washington State in the Legends Classic.

An 11-year-old Swedish boy who tried to flee police, first in a stolen car and then on foot, was run down by a police dog. Police flagged the car down in Balsta, north of Stockholm, late Friday, The Local reported.

Word of the Day
  • an ornament or knob in the shape of a flower
  • In architecture, a floral ornament; specifically, the large conventional flower usually placed in the center of the abacus of a Corinthian capital or classic ceiling-caisson; also, the floreated termination of a Gothic finial.
[ "The word 'fleuron' comes from French."]