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Oddities News Archive - August 27, 2008

SAN DIEGO - 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.

By John Christoffersen NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Nine-year-old Jericho Scott is a good baseball player - too good, it turns out. The right-hander has a fastball that tops out at about 40 mph.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) -- A 12-year-old boy took his grandmother's car and led police on a chase at speeds up to 60 mph before swerving to avoid spikes in the road and crashing into a fence, police said.

ROME (AP) -- An Italian priest backtracked from his idea to organize an online beauty pageant for nuns, saying Tuesday he had been misunderstood and incurred the protests of the faithful and local religious authorities. The Rev.

The evidence in his office gave the judge pause: a half-eaten apple and some distinctive footprints. Federal bankruptcy Judge Paul Bonapfel reported the break-in last week in Atlanta. The intruder made no effort to cover his tracks across a stack of federal memos. The perpetrator? A raccoon.

The Associated Press ROME An Italian priest backtracked from his idea to organize an online beauty pageant for nuns, saying Tuesday he had been misunderstood and incurred protests from the faithful and local religious authorities. The Rev.

Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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