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Oddities News Archive - December 09, 2008

A pair of Tampa undercover police officers say the crooks came to them as a trio of teens they were tailing allegedly tried to steal their car. Officers Colin McCoy and Gary Saunders jumped out of their unmarked car and slapped the cuffs on just as one of the culprits was about to smash the window with a chunk of concrete. The St.

Executives at Chuck E. Cheese headquarters say fistfights are an anomaly at their kid-friendly U.S.

Police say a would-be thief in Florida escaped but left the goods behind after he grabbed some beer and shoved a pack of corn dogs down his pants. The tall unshaven man entered a Publix grocery store in Port St.

Drivers seeking a license in Indiana may be asked to brush their hair but they won't be asked to smile. The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has imposed restrictions on anything that might prevent facial recognition software from distinguishing one driver's appearance from another's, The Louisville

Camels are getting too pricey for live Christmas nativity scenes in Wisconsin and are being replaced by much cheaper donkeys and sheep, suppliers say. It may cost $2,100 to rent three camels on Christmas Eve for those wanting to stage live Christmas pageant nativity scenes, and hard times are prompting people to economize with $250 for six donkeys and sheep, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported Tuesday. It goes up and down with the economy, Kathy Meyer, whose family owns Jo-Don Farms in Franksville, Wis., told the newspaper.

A Gallivare, Sweden, student said his cell phone spontaneously exploded, leaving burn marks on the classroom floor and filling the room with smoke. Mats Chamontree, 15, said he was examining the phone's battery compartment Monday during a class at the Sjopark school when the device began making a cracking

The mayor-elect of Portland, Ore., has inaugurated the first of a planned series of public toilets in the city with a ceremonial first flush. Mayor-elect Sam Adams and other community leaders gathered Monday on Northwest Glisan Street to unveil the first Portland Loo, which cost the city about $140,000 to design and build, The (Portland) Oregonian reported Tuesday. City Commissioner Randy Leonard, who designed the toilet as commissioner of the Water Bureau, said the next Portland Loos will only cost about $25,000 each to install, and he is hoping to have at least 10 locations placed around the downtown of the city.

A Tennessee woman who found a bag containing $97,000 in a Cracker Barrel restroom said she was tempted to keep the cash but her faith led her to give it back. Billie Watts, 75, said she initially took the bag to her Murfreesboro home and considered using the cash to pay for dental work, The (Nashville) Tennessean reported Tuesday. I have been having real bad teeth problems, Watts said.

A West Michigan teacher and her young students said a large buck brought the day's lesson to a halt when it leaped into the classroom through a closed window. Teacher Leslie Venlet said it was near the end of the day at Coopersville East Elementary School when the 6-point buck crashed into her 4th grade classroom, sending glass flying, WZZM-TV, Grand Rapids, Mich., reported Tuesday. There is this loud crash and I see glass flying, Venlet said.

A Welsh man was sentenced to four months in jail after he repeatedly smiled and waved at a police camera while breaking a school area speed limit. Prosecutors at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court said Robert Jones drove between 40 and 49 mph on at least six different occasions in the 30 mph zone outside of a village school, The Sun reported Tuesday. Authorities said all of the offenses happened within the space of nine days.

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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