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Oddities News Archive - June 16, 2008

A New York judge has dramatically reduced the $12 million trust fund the late Leona Helmsley left to her ill-tempered pooch, Trouble.

n Blanchard, Mich. No one quite understands the term "striking it lucky" better than 16-year-old BreAnna Helsel. The Michigan teen survived being struck by lightning and went on to win $20 in the lottery the next day.

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. - MacGyver's got nothing on this monkey. A spider monkey new to the city's Washington Park Zoo used a garden hose to scale the walls of a moat and make a break for freedom. Workers were cleaning the moat at the time Wednesday.

Word of the Day
upstander
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.