Oddities News Archive - August 29, 2008

By The Associated Press HICKMAN, Neb.

By The Associated Press HOSCHTON, Ga. (AP) - This small northeastern Georgia town's population boom is frightening.

Elephant calf is OK after being trampled PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon Zoo veterinarians say the elephant born there over the weekend seems healthy despite being trampled by his mother. An examination found no broken bones or internal injuries. The calf weighed 286 pounds on arrival.


It was an unusually honest ad for a live-in nanny, a 1,000-word tome beginning, "My kids are a pain." But it worked, attracting a brave soul who's never been a nanny before.


A disposable diaper halted the fall of an 18-month-old baby from a third-floor window Tuesday night and saved his life in Recife in northeastern Brazil, local media reported Wednesday.

Word of the Day
  • 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'.