Oddities News Archive - August 03, 2008

NEWS IN BRIEF :: NEW YORK A 12-year-old girl who fell into a chimney on her New York rooftop and plummeted down the flue for 14 storeys survived almost unscathed when she landed in a pile of soot. Grace Bergere was recovering in hospital yesterday with an injured hip.

FLAT ROCK, Mich. (AP) -- Bounce, bounce, bounce ... for 24 hours. That was what eight boys in Michigan did this week in an effort to set a world record. The boys began the attempt Friday morning at the Bounce-a-Lot entertainment center southwest of Detroit in Flat Rock.

NEW YORK (AP) -- A 12-year-old girl just wanted to show her cousin the view from her family's Manhattan rooftop. Instead, she fell into a chimney and plummeted down the flue for 14 stories, emerging nearly unscathed to tell her story after landing in a pile of furnace soot.

SUTTON ISLAND, Maine (AP) -- The Postal Service has ended a long tradition in which mail delivered to Maine's small offshore Sutton Island by a private ferry service was left in a specially marked trash can on the island's dock.

Word of the Day
  • Small missiles, especially grape, canister, fragments of iron, and the like, when fired, as upon an enemy at close quarters.
  • To fire mitraille at.
The word 'mitraille' comes from the Old French 'mitaille', meaning 'small coins', sometimes used to mean 'scrap iron'.