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Oddities News Archive - June 21, 2008

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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
pawl
  • A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
The word 'pawl' probably comes from a Latin word meaning 'stake'.
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