Oddities News Archive - December 28, 2008

A 33-year-old Swedish man suffered serious injuries when he poured gasoline on his arm and set it on fire as a party trick, police said. Authorities in Vastervik, Sweden, said the man apparently was trying to impress his girlfriend, the Local reported Sunday. It obviously didn't go well.

Members of a California family say they saved an elderly woman from losing her life savings of $10,000 she had hidden in a box of crackers. The Rogoff family of Irvine found the $10,000 in a box of Annie's Sour Cream and Onion Cheddar Bunny crackers, The Orange County (Calif.) Register reported Sunday. Allie, Sandra, Max and their parents, Debra and Joe Rogoff counted out the $100 bills and took pictures of each other before calling police. We just thought, this is someone's money.

A strip club in Austin, Texas, is profiting off the fame of the American Idol TV series by holding Stripper Idol nights, a company alleges in a lawsuit. FremantleMedia North America, the company behind Idol, says in its U.S.

Chicago's 911 dispatchers say they rescued Christmas this year for a family whose distraught grandmother had called for help. Shirley Bell, 61, called 911 Christmas Eve morning for her very upset 8-year-old grandson, Malik Parish, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Sunday. "It was something about that grandmother's voice, and that child and his candidness.

A 54-year-old Texan says he lived his dream by paddling down the Mississippi River for 78 days. Robert Youens of Austin said paddling his canoe the length of the Mississippi River was the result of decades of campfire dreams, the Austin American-Statesman reported Sunday. Over 40 years of sitting around campfires, you start dreaming up cool things to do, he said.

Sondra Fortunato says after being a loyal fan of the New York Giants for 30 years she is considering shifting her allegiance to the Philadelphia Eagles. Fortunato, who is in her 50s, said since being told by Giants Stadium staff to stop attending games in prom dresses and a rhinestone crown, she has been considering become a fan of Giants' divisional rival, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Sunday. It would be hard, it really would be after all these years, to say goodbye to the Giants.

Police in Manchester, England, say Christmas calls to the 999 emergency line proved that too many people abuse the system with frivolous and crank calls. The Greater Manchester Police told The Sunday Telegraph that of the 5 million calls placed to 999, a significant portion were unnecessary and included

Word of the Day
  • Growing in low tufty patches.
The word 'cespitose' comes from a Latin word meaning 'turf'.