Oddities News Archive - December 04, 2008

Police say a counterfeiting ring in Piacenza, Italy, was exposed after lap dancers identified bills shoved into their panties as fakes. Investigators said a former U.S.

An English family says their 27-year-old cat is believed to be the oldest living feline in Britain and may be the oldest living cat in the world. Donna Thorne, 33, of St.

The Royal Shakespeare Company of Stratford-upon-Avon, England, says its production of Hamlet will no longer use a real human skull when it moves to London. The company said a fake skull will be used in place of Polish pianist Andre Tchaikowsky's skull to depict the remains of the titular character's deceased jester, Yorick, as of the play's Thursday night opening in London's West End, the Daily Mail reported Thursday. Tchaikowsky, a Polish man who escaped the Holocaust, left instructions prior to his death from cancer in 1982 that his skull was to be given to the Royal Shakespeare Company for use in productions of Hamlet.

A street cleaner in Lincoln, England, says police have allowed him to keep a bag containing an estimated $20,000 in shredded cash he found in a trash bin. Graham Hill said he took the carrier bag containing the cut-up money to police after discovering it while emptying trash bins.

A woman in Eau Claire, Wis., says she was pleasantly surprised to hear that two maids at a local hotel had found the heirloom jewelry she feared lost forever. Lynnae Helland said she realized she lost more than $3,000 worth of jewelry after staying at The Plaza Hotel and Suites but calls to the hotel offered no clue to the heirlooms' location, the Leader-Telegram newspaper in Eau Claire reported Thursday. I was just sick to my stomach, Helland said of her reaction to last weekend's jewelry disappearance.

Jonathan, a 176-year-old tortoise living on the British territory of St. Helena, routinely mates with three young female tortoises, officials say. A St.

A man in the Australian town of Lismore says a snake more than 3 feet long was living inside a computer printer and caused the device to malfunction. Denis Matthews said the snake was found inside a Friends of the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens printer, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported in its Thursday

A vendor spokesman in Naples, Italy, says police shut down a shopping area offering nativity figurines, including one of U.S.

Seventeen expensive coffee makers purchased for the European Commission headquarters create contaminated coffee, an official says. Commission spokesman Dennis Abbott said while the machines cost at least $6,400 apiece, 17 of the 20 purchased were found to create coffee with high levels of nickel and


A Florida congresswoman, certain she was the victim of a joke, hung up on President-elect Barack Obama -- not once, but twice. Rep.

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.