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Oddities News Archive - December 16, 2008

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A Canadian professional Santa Claus at an Edmonton shopping mall claims parents who snap pictures of their children on his lap instead of paying are stealing. Lyle Young told the Edmonton Sun a service that offers instant prints contracted by the Mill Woods Town Center mall charges only $14, and parents who want pictures should respect the business. What message are you sending your children; 'Look Tommy and Sally, see what your parents stole you for Christmas,' Young said.

A Minnesota woman says she didn't know why a police officer was honking at her at a McDonald's drive-through window until he arrested her for drunken driving. Erica Ballard, 26, St.

A British government efficiency computer designed to save taxpayers $87 million ended up costing them $124 million instead, investigators say.

Inspectors said Tuesday that discarded cigarette butts caused mysterious smoke that prompted the shutdown of two Tokyo subway lines for more than an hour. The stoppages occurred during Monday evening's rush hour on the Namboku and Mita Lines, affecting an estimated 41,000 weary commuters, Japan Today

The wedding ring of a man killed in a 1972 helicopter crash is being returned to his widow in Utah, thanks to a ranch hand and a sheriff in Texas. The ranch hand found the ring last month near the crash site outside Kerrville, Texas, and gave it to Kerr County Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer, The San Antonio Express-News reported Tuesday. Hierholzer determined the wedding band belonged to Staff Sgt.

Authorities say two people were injured with shotgun pellets during a mock train robbery involving Santa Claus in Random Lake, Wis. A gun mistakenly loaded with bird shot, rather than blanks, injured Thomas E.

Canada's Ontario Lottery and Gaming corporation has given a Toronto-area woman an $80,000 prize allegedly stolen by a ticket vendor in 2004. Jaime Antinori told the Toronto Sun she got a phone call from OLG saying they were giving her the prize as the person she asked to check the ticket was charged and is now before the courts. The corporation launched an insider win investigation months ago when it came to light a disproportionate number of lottery vendors were winning prizes.

Police in California knew Christmas lawn decorations had been disappearing, but discovered a cache of wicker reindeer inside a man's house only by accident. Officers responded to a routine domestic disturbance report Monday at the home of Vuong Pham, 48, and inside allegedly found a herd of wicker reindeer in the living room, many strings of Christmas lights -- some plugged in, imitation Christmas trees, as well as several snowmen and inflatable Santa Claus figures, The Los Angeles Times reported.

An Australian judge has ruled legal documents served to a couple via the Facebook Web site are binding despite their unusual method of delivery. Supreme Court Judge David Harper in the Australia Capital Territory sided with lawyer Mark MacCormack, who used the social networking Internet site to serve

An Australian judge has ruled legal documents served to a couple via the Facebook Web site are binding despite their unusual method of delivery. Supreme Court Judge David Harper in the Australia Capital Territory sided with lawyer Mark MacCormack, who used the social networking Internet site to serve

Word of the Day
baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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