Oddities News Archive - December 21, 2008

A Chicago judge who saw two men breaking into his wife's car decided to give chase and two suspects wound up in custody. Nicholas Ford, a Felony Court judge who also put in some time as a prosecutor, told the Chicago Sun-Times he had one suspect down on the ground.

Donald Trump, star of The Apprentice on U.S.

The annual Christmoustache event in San Antonio offers a rare chance for facial hair lovers to publicly flaunt their lip foliage, this year's host says. Flight Gallery owner Justin Parr, who offered to host Saturday night's event, said the third annual event focused on allowing individuals to show off their mustaches, whether they be carefully manicured or fake, the San Antonio Express-News reported. It's always a wide swath of people, and everyone is wearing mustaches, Parr said.

A bagpipe player says he was arrested for refusing to stop playing on the main street of Bridport, England. Bagpiper Shaun Cartwright, 38, said while police approached him about complaints regarding his musical offerings recently, he refused to simply pack up his bagpipes and leave, The Mail on Sunday reported. They asked me to move on but I wanted to finish my hour of playing and put the blow stick to my mouth and that was it, Cartwright said.

A 60-year-old clown says he was stopped and searched by security at a British airport when he tried to board a flight in his costume. Dave Vaughn said when he attempted to board a flight at Birmingham International Airport dressed as PC Konk the clown, he was stopped by security and told to remove his costume, The Mail on Sunday reported. Vaughn, who was to provide entertainment on a flight for disadvantage youth, said airport guards then deemed his plastic handcuffs as a security risk. My plastic scissors and camera got through fine, as did my funny glasses and bubble machine, but then they discovered my plastic toy handcuffs, Vaughn said of the recent incident.

A gymnastics coach who thought she was merely attending a tournament in Cincinnati found herself married before the day ended. It was really shocking, said Kara Patterson, 20, who married Army Staff Sgt.

For a group of Hasidic Jews in Palo Alto, Calif., Hanukkah was to begin Sunday at sundown with a 6-foot menorah of melted chocolate. We've already made a menorah out of ice and Legos.

More than 58,000 people reportedly are protesting Facebook's decision to remove images of women breastfeeding from the social networking site. Hey, Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene! said the protesters' site asking supporters to cyberprotest by changing their profile picture to an image of breast-feeding, the New York Daily News reported Sunday. We need to take our bodies back, said mother and protester Stephanie Muir.

New York defense lawyer John Jacobs continues to receive voice-mail messages three years after he was buried with his beloved cell phone. Jacobs' family buried him with his fully charged Motorola T720 phone after he died of pancreatic cancer, the New York Post reported Sunday. His wife, Marian Seltzer, also a defense lawyer, continues to pay his monthly $55 phone bill and his cell number is etched into his gravestone under the words Rest in Peace. The first call after death came during the funeral from Jacobs' son, Simon.

Staff at Amazon's warehouse in Bedfordshire, England, say they waved, rather than mooned, when bosses at the giant U.S.

Word of the Day
  • a slit in a tire to drain away surface water and improve traction.
The word 'sipe' comes from Old English and is related to 'seep'.