Oddities News Archive - January 11, 2009

Longtime New York restaurant mascot George the Lobster is back in his natural element -- the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, an animal rights group says.

Los Angeles resident Gertrude Baines says she is sick of all the attention she has gotten since becoming the world's oldest person at the age of 114. Baines said since 115-year-old Maria de Jesus of Portugal died Jan.


A California father says he discovered his 13-year-old daughter sent 484 text messages per day last month -- one message every 2 minutes of every waking hour.

Police say burglars in two Illinois counties have added deer and elk antlers to the more common heist of computers, jewelry, televisions and stereos. In all, 89 racks of antlers have been stolen in residential break-ins since mid-November in Jersey and Macoupin counties just north of St.

An Illinois couple who said they enjoyed hanging out at Taco Bell decided to marry there. It's appropriate.

Mass transit riders in 24 cities, including Phoenix and Atlanta, say they road pantless as part of a performance act started eight years ago in New York. The No-Pants participants rode only in their shirts and underwear Saturday, acting as if nothing was awry, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported

A Ukrainian woman whose family cannot attend her wedding in London has posted an ad for people to sit on her side of the church. The Telegraph on Sunday reported the unnamed woman posted her ad on the classifieds Web site Gumtree.com for 30 people to sit with her. I'm having a large mixed wedding of about 150 people.

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.