Oddities News Archive - December 11, 2008


Chicago newspaper columnists dueled Thursday over whether embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich could employ an insanity defense to fight corruption allegations. Federal prosecutors this week charged the two-term Democratic Illinois governor with attempting to auction off the U.S.

A Swedish man said the fire department had to be called for a rescue after he followed his cat up a tree and was unable to get down. The Kristineberg, Sweden, man said he climbed the tree Wednesday after his cat had been stuck for several days and panicked when he found himself about 50 feet above the ground, The Local reported Thursday. The man said he called emergency services after he found himself unable to climb down due to fear of the height. It was kind of a funny assignment and certainly out of the ordinary.

Austrian police said they were investigating after an actor injured himself on stage with a real knife that was supposed to be a dull prop. Investigators said Daniel Hoevels' character in Friedrich Schiller's play Mary Stuart at Vienna's Burgtheater is supposed to commit suicide by slashing his throat

A Modesto, Calif., woman said what appeared to be an early Christmas present in her driveway turned out to be a stolen 2005 Bentley Continental GT. Rosa Warren, 45, said she called her boyfriend after she and her daughter discovered the car in their driveway Tuesday morning but he confirmed that it was not a gift and told her to call police, The Modesto Bee reported Thursday. Police Sgt.

An attorney for an incarcerated woman said his client lost out on alimony from her Florida husband because a court ruled her cellmate is a cohabitant. Attorney Steven Cripps said he was disturbed by Andrew Craissati's attempt to avoid alimony payments to his ex-wife, Patricia, by claiming her current

A domestic violence victim in Wilsonville, Ore., was charged a fee by a tow truck driver for parking in a fire lane while attempting to call 911, police say. Police investigators said while the unidentified woman frantically attempted to contact authorities this week after allegedly being beaten by

A Pennsylvania chemical engineer said she is working on a line of fragrances aimed at those who are nostalgic about their university years. Katie Masik said her Harrisburg-based company, Masik Collegiate Fragrances, has already created scents for the University of North Carolina and Penn State University

Authorities in St. Louis said an alleged burglar's Santa-style mode of entry left him trapped for more than seven hours in the flue of a pawn shop's chimney. Police said Charles Bryant, 35, was foiled in his alleged burglary attempt when he found the base of the chimney at St.

An Oklahoma City jeweler said he returned a ring he purchased to a 102-year-old woman after discovering it had been stolen. Larry Rowell, of R&R Estate Jewelers, said he returned the ring to Edna Levy after discovering that it had been stolen from her last month, KOCO-TV, Oklahoma City, reported Thursday. Rowell said he had purchased the ring from someone who said they had bought it from someone else.

A Raleigh, N.C., woman says she played catch-and-release with a big fish that likely would have set state and world records in size. Gwen Frazier, 49, said she caught a huge black drum last month while fishing off North Carolina's Topsail Island, but decided to release the fish rather than keep it and potentially earn a world record, The Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer said Thursday. I'm 5 foot 4 (inches), Frazier said of her Nov.

Word of the Day
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.