Oddities News Archive - December 15, 2008

A 128-year-old woman in Uzbekistan may be the world's oldest person, an Interior Ministry official said. The official, who was not identified, said that while the woman, Tuty Yusupova, may be the oldest person, her age has not been officially recognized. The woman is a well-respected member of her community in the Central Asian country, the official said. Tuty Yusupova turned 128 this year, the official said.

A deadly black widow spider survived a trip from California in a bunch of grapes and ended up in the kitchen of a startled Canadian veterinarian. Tina Chivers, wife of Dr. Jeremy Chivers, said she began screaming Saturday as she washed the seedless red grapes and left them to dry in a sink in St.

A man in Tampa, Fla., is in desperate need of a good woman interested in one day getting married, the man's mother says in a newspaper advertisement. The amateur cupid behind The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune romance posting was identified only as Claudia, a mother who said her only Christmas wish is for her son to find true love, the newspaper reported Monday. All I want for Christmas is a wife for my son, the woman's Tribune posting reads. I'm sad that he's alone, a 37-year-old handsome Tampa professional. Claudia adds there is nothing about her son, Jason, that should prevent him from finding the right woman. He's such a good boy, she offers.

A 16-year-old Girl Scout in Dearborn, Mich., says she is determined to shatter the record for the most Girl Scout cookies sold by a single member. Jennifer Sharpe, who already holds the record for most cookies sold in a single sales season, said she hopes to reach the cumulative 60,000-box record during her current junior year of high school, The Detroit News said Monday. The teenager, who sold 17,328 boxes of Girl Scout cookies last year to set the sales record, figures a strong junior year means she can relax during her ensuing final year of sales eligibility. It was hard last year, Sharpe said.

Authorities in central Florida say two men are charged with armed burglary after allegedly demanding only a metal eggbeater from their victim. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said deputies arrested Robert Eugene Thompson and Taurus Deshane Morris after they allegedly entered a Plant City home

Vice President-elect Joe Biden has appointed a Spring City, Pa., German shepherd to serve as second dog during his upcoming tenure in the nation's No.

Police in San Antonio said a 2-year-old being carried by a woman who was hit by a car rolled into the vehicle's sunroof and landed without serious injury. Investigators said the 45-year-old woman was hit by a car Sunday night while she was carrying her grandson across an intersection, KSAT-TV, San Antonio reported Monday. The woman was thrown to the ground by the impact and the young boy was thrown toward the windshield of the car, which he rolled up and landed inside the sunroof, police said. The toddler suffered only minor injuries and police said his grandmother is expected to make a full recovery after she was taken to University Hospital in critical condition.

A Pennsylvania man has complained a local grocery store refused to decorate a birthday cake with his young son's name: Adolf Hitler Campbell. Heath Campbell, 35, who denies the Holocaust took place and decorated his home with swastikas and Nazi paraphernalia, said The ShopRite supermarket in Greenwich Township refused to print his son's name on a cake to mark his third birthday, the Harrisburg (Pa.) Express-Times reported Monday. Campbell said the store has also refused to decorate cakes with his 1-year-old daughter's name -- JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell. They're just names, you know, Campbell said.

The U.S. Postal Service said Monday marked what is historically the busiest mailing day of the year. The service said on its Web site that Dec.

The U.S. Postal Service said Monday marked what is historically the busiest mailing day of the year. The service said on its Web site that Dec.

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