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Oddities News Archive - December 10, 2008

Police in Burlington, Ontario, are baffled as to why a man went on a destructive rampage at a car dealership, urinated on vehicles and then sipped champagne. Halton Regional Police were called at 11:30 p.m. Monday night to Roseland Motors by a witness, the Burlington Post reported Wednesday. Sgt.

The top two Google Internet searches Canadians made last year were for the obviously named Facebook and Youtube sites, Google reported Wednesday. Google Canada spokesman Andrew Swartz told the Globe and Mail no one understands why users don't simply go to the sites by adding a dot-com prefix. It's a little redundant, obviously, but clearly it happens a lot, he said. The Canadian top 10 list had lyrics as the third most popular search, followed by weather, games, Google itself, Hotmail, Yahoo, maps and Canada, the company said. Swartz said people were likely Googling Google itself because of its other products, such as Google Maps and Google Earth. The company has released an annual top 10 list for U.S.

A Nova Scotia woman who makes a 534-mile roundtrip commute to work three times a week has won a $5,000 award package from Goodyear Canada. The tire manufacturer ran the Canada's Longest Commuter contest from September through November, and chose Leslee Nicholson, who makes the marathon trip to Halifax

Officials in Tarrant County, Texas, decided not to alert area taxpayers that 15,500 tax bills were sent out with incorrect information, a bill recipient says. Doug Gadberry said he and his wife, Patti, were in a near panic when they received a tax bill last month from county officials that gave an impending due date of Nov.

A U.S. congressman-elect says he mistakenly screened out a call from U.S. President-elect Barack Obama that came in on his cellular phone. U.S.

A U.S. Congressman-elect says he mistakenly screened out a call from U.S. President-elect Barack Obama that came in on his cellular phone. U.S.

Six oncologists across the United States who specialize in women's cancers have formed a rock group, N.E.D., a name that stands for no evidence of disease. Lead guitarist William Winter, who practices his day job in Portland, Ore., said N.E.D.

A woman job seeker in Los Angeles says she decided to wear a shirt showing her professional resume in an attempt to draw attention to herself in the busy city. Kelly Kinney said she after failing to get any job offers despite applying for 40 jobs daily, she decided to adorn herself with a shirt that

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Conservatives in Britain's Parliament had a good laugh at Prime Minister Gordon Brown's slip when he said his financial rescue plan had saved the world. The Daily Mail reported Wednesday Brown quickly corrected himself and said the program had merely saved the banking system, but his explanation was

Some Las Vegas residents are angered by the smell of livestock gathered at the University of Nevada for the National Finals Rodeo. My God, this is a residential area, Vincent Reilly, who lives close to the temporary pens, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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