Oddities News Archive - June 21, 2008


A large dairy in northwestern Minnesota with odors severe enough to drive nearby residents from their homes last week now faces legal problems.

First there was a wily coyote in Chicago's downtown. Then an ill- fated cougar on the North Side. Now authorities have captured an alligator in the Chicago River. The 5-foot-long alligator didn't try to attack anyone and was safely pulled from the river by a reptile expert.

By Mary Owen, Chicago Tribune Jun. 21--Terrible things have emerged over the years from Bubbly Creek, a spot in the Chicago River that was once a churning sewer for the city's slaughterhouses.

ANIMAL control officers were called to revive an alligator stuck in a drain pipe in Cookeville, Tennessee.

Word of the Day
  • A hairdresser.
The word 'friseur' comes from French friseur, from friser ("to curl, frizz").