Oddities News Archive - August 26, 2008

WICHITA, Kan. - Fort Hays State University has fired its debate coach for losing his temper at a tournament, engaging in a videotaped shouting match that included pulling down his shorts to expose his underwear. University President Edward H.

PHOENIX - When it comes to marking up historic signs, good grammar is a bad defense. Two self-styled vigilantes against typos who defaced a more than 60-year-old, hand-painted sign at Grand Canyon National Park were sentenced to probation and banned from national parks for a year.

OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma officials say a typo resulted in a state employee receiving a bonus of $850,000 - but it was only temporary. Jo Harris was supposed to receive an $850 longevity bonus for working at the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission for seven years.

ROME - An Italian priest and theologian said Sunday he is organizing an online beauty pageant for nuns to give them more visibility within the Catholic Church and to fight the stereotype that they are all old and dour. The "Miss Sister 2008" contest will start in September on a blog run by the Rev.

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- It was the little engine that couldn't -- because it was thirsty for fuel. A quick train trip down the coast turned into a long haul for more than 80 Amtrak passengers when their train from Los Angeles to San Diego ran out of fuel Sunday night.

Sizemore joins 30-30 club in Indians win in Detroit DETROIT -- Grady Sizemore homered twice to join the 30-30 club and Franklin Gutierrez hit a 10th-inning home run to help the Cleveland Indians win their eighth consecutive, 4-3 against the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.

CUTLINES Two men have been fined and banned from national parks after vandalizing this historic sign at the south rim of the Grand Canyon. AP Photo/Grand Canyon National ParkPHOENIX (AP) -- When it comes to marking up historic signs, good grammar is a bad defense.

By MICHAEL J. FEENEY, STAFF WRITER A Wyckoff family letting the dog out Sunday morning was in for quite a surprise when the puppy came within 15 feet of three bears. The trio apparently a mother bear and two cubs were spotted near Eder Avenue just off Route 208.

Word of the Day
  • A young chicken: also used as a pet name for children.
The word 'chickabiddy' may come from 'chick' plus 'biddy', a name used in calling a hen or chicken.