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Oddities News Archive - December 31, 2008

Inspired by the 25-foot Snowzilla, the organizer of the Fur Rendezvous festival in Anchorage, Alaska, is planning to build his own giant snowman. Ernie Hall, the chairman of the festival board, told the Anchorage Daily News that he is not trying to compete with Billy Ray Powers, who has built Snowzilla for several years in his yard.

A Wisconsin man who helped establish a shuttle program to keep drunken drivers off the road is facing charges of driving while intoxicated, documents show. A criminal complaint indicates Robert John Manders, of Oconomowoc, Wis., a used car dealer who donated a vehicle for the shuttle service, was picked up Dec.

A member of a New York health club says in a lawsuit that the exercise club is liable for a clash last year between two people during a spin class. Hedge-fund manager Stuart Sugarman says in his lawsuit that the unidentified club was guilty of negligence in an August 2007 attack he endured from fellow

A would-be treasure hunter believes he has found a sunken boat carrying a fortune in gold on a ranch in South Texas and argues it is in a navigable waterway. Nathan Smith testified this week at a hearing in Houston to determine whether he should be given permission to dig, the Houston Chronicle reported.

A car connoisseur from Seattle learned too late that a 1919 Turcat-Mery he purchased in France is considered a national treasure. The car, Charles Morse told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, was built for the duc de Montpensier, a pretender to the French throne. It is a very special car, said Morse.

A trio of Detroit cab drivers say they took it pretty well after being stiffed by a passenger who asked them to drive him to Washington. Passenger Anthony Nguyen didn't make it to the capital either.

Election judge Shirley Graham said she was surprised to learn her absentee ballot was blocked from being added to the U.S. Senate recount in Minnesota. A lawyer from incumbent Republican Sen.

Authorities in Oregon said a nude man who attacked an elderly woman in her home fled after the victim squeezed his crotch. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office said police in Troutdale arrested Michael Dick, 46, after he allegedly entered the 88-year-old woman's home through an unlocked sliding door at about 6:30 a.m.

A Dayton, Ohio, man was expected to recover from injuries suffered when his fiancee hit him with her car while searching for a dropped cell phone. The man was walking through the parking lot at a bank when he was hit by his fiancee's GMC Yukon, which has a license plate that says ALL HER, The Dayton (Ohio) Daily News reported Wednesday. The woman then panicked, hit the gas and collided with an automated teller machine, said Police Lt.

A mixed-race couple in Britain for the second time find themselves parents of twin girls -- one born with light skin and one with dark skin.

Word of the Day
donative
  • A gift; a largess; a gratuity; a present; a dole.
The word 'donative' comes from a Latin word meaning 'to give'.
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