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Oddities News Archive - December 18, 2008

The police chief in Doral, Fla., says thieves apparently dumped more than $1.2 million in stolen goods after being unable to sell them in today's economy. Ricardo Gomez said an anonymous tip led police to stolen electronics items, including flat-screen televisions and computers, which apparently were

A company in Britain says it has created a new aftershave that captures the essence of a soccer locker room in all its aromatic glory. Sports Interactive spokesman Miles Jacobson said his company, which also produces the video game Football Manager, has created a locker room-scented aftershave called

A company in Britain says it has created a new aftershave that captures the essence of a soccer locker room in all its aromatic glory. Sports Interactive spokesman Miles Jacobson said his company, which also produces the video game Football Manager, has created a locker room-scented aftershave called

A mother in Trinity, N.C., says her family home has 61 Christmas trees, each of which is decorated with a different theme. Bren Knox said her home's Christmas trees began to multiply 11 years ago when her daughter requested a tree in her bedroom to help her sleep while Knox was out of town, WFMY-TV, Greensboro, N.C., said Wednesday. During the ensuing years, Knox said she added tree after tree to the home and began creating themes for each of the holiday items.

Bureaucratic mistakes that made a dual-citizenship Swedish citizen a Canadian will cost the Swedish government $130, a government chancellor ruled. The Local reported the unidentified woman had a Canadian father and Swedish mother, and was born in Sweden a dual citizen in 1984. In 1992, her father applied for a Canadian passport for his daughter, and documents were filed with the Swedish consulate in Vancouver as part of the process, the report said. Somehow, Swedish tax authorities used the information to strip the woman's Swedish citizenship, making her solely Canadian. In 2003, the woman was told as a foreigner she couldn't stay in Sweden because she lacked a residence permit.

A New York man says his 4-year-old daughter won two tickets in a lottery to see U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration. Craig Cubberly said his daughter, Lou, has already decided to use one of the tickets she won in the inauguration lottery to take her father to the prestigious Jan.

Boxes containing 3,402 voter-registration forms were temporarily misplaced after an unknown individual signed for them in New York, officials say. City investigators said an individual named Jackson signed for the boxes on Sept.

A British Web site is offering visitors the chance to broadcast text messages into outer space in the hopes that they will be discovered by alien life forms. Chris Thomason, co-founder of SentForever.com, said the Surrey County, England-based Web site uses a large satellite dish to transmit the text into the cosmos on radio waves, The Daily Telegraph reported Thursday. Lots of people believe we're not alone.

Broward County, Fla., officials said an 18-year-old was arrested after he took a hearse from a church during a funeral and took it for a joyride. Broward sheriff's deputies said Johnny Silfrain, 18, took the hearse, which still had the keys inside it, from the Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church in West Park after the casket was removed from the back for the funeral, The Miami Herald reported Thursday. Silfrain allegedly made a stop at his parents' home in Hallandale Beach before evading chasing police and heading back toward the church.

Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in Evanston, Ill., said about 50 rejected applicants were mistakenly sent an acceptance e-mail. Northwestern spokeswoman Megan Washburn said a technological glitch in Kellogg's system caused acceptance letters to be e-mailed to the rejected applicants, the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday. It was not human error, she said.

Word of the Day
dingle
  • A small wooded valley; a dell.
  • The protecting weather-shed built around the entrance to a house.
  • The roofed-over space between the kitchen and the sleeping-quarters in a logging-camp, commonly used as a storeroom.
The word 'dingle' comes from Middle English dell, hollow.
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