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Oddities News Archive - November 30, 2008

An Australian woman says she hated snakes even before she found 14 young carpet pythons in her bedroom. Esther Honegger of Fannie Bay told The Northern Territorian she first noticed some of the snakes as she prepared for bed Wednesday night. I hate snakes and as I walked backwards and forwards I would see another one, she said.

Residents of Farmers Branch, Texas, say they're torn over an injured coyote who has thrived in their midst for nearly three years. Dubbed Limpy, the coyote brazenly sunbathes in driveways, roams the local country club and easily evades animal control officers, despite his injury, The Dallas Morning

Police say a blow-up doll left by men after a stag party triggered a bomb scare in Halmstad, Sweden. The doll, found bound and gagged, apparently was jettisoned by the partygoers as they left a bar, the Swedish news agency TT reported Sunday. Police evacuated a restaurant and cordoned off the area while

Individuals who wash their hands before making judgments tend to offer more lenient rulings, a study at a British university has found. Psychologist Dr, Simone Schnall of the University of Plymouth said his study focused on 44 people, half of whom were asked to wash their hands, who were asked to rate

A Chicago couple say they followed through on a vow to not even kiss each other until they were officially married. Claudaniel Fabien, 30, and Melody LaLuz, 28 -- both abstinence educators -- kissed for the first time Saturday at their wedding, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Sunday. It was surreal, Fabien said.

Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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