Oddities News Archive - January 13, 2009

The owner of a radiator repair shop in Winnipeg, Manitoba, says he has no idea how someone stole one of his two Rottweiler guard dogs. Custom Radiator owner Corey Parent told the Winnipeg Sun someone cut a hole in his chain link fence early Friday and stole Ripper, a 2-year-old male dog, but left 2-year-old Duchess behind. As part of the police investigation into the break-in, a 23-year old man was charged with numerous other offenses, and the stolen dog was returned to Parent. I thought Ripper had got out and maybe the pound had him.

A New Hampshire woman said assault charges she and her boyfriend incurred after a fight were the result of a bad Christmas. Randi Young, 24, and Heath Blom, 26, were each charged with a count of simple assault after a Christmas fight that police said began because Blom was upset about getting a Nintendo Wii from Young instead of the remote control airplane he had asked for, Seacoastonline.com reported Tuesday. He was upset and rude and she started leaving, said Lt.

A British 18-year-old with three children has drawn ridicule after he failed a TV personality's challenge to spell the word father. Ben Smith, 18, said on ITV1's The Jeremy Kyle Show that he has fathered children with three girls, ages 16 and 17, and was brought on the program to determine the paternity of a fourth pregnant teenager's child, The Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday. Smith, who was found not to be the father of the fourth child, was challenged by host Jeremy Kyle to spell the word father after the show's anchor accused the young father of irresponsibility. Smith's response to the challenge, F-a-r-t-h-e-r, drew mocking laughter from the audience, but the teenager was apparently unaware of his spelling mistake, viewers said. The entire audience were in stitches as Ben didn't know he had made a basic spelling mistake, one viewer told the Daily Star.

While electric cars and hybrids dominate talk at the big auto show in Detroit, a Michigan inventor says his flying saucer would make such discussions moot. Alfie Carrington, 59, says he is in the home stretch of the design and construction of the saucer, which is more specifically a perpetual flying machine that creates its own magnetic field and never needs refueling. People think I'm nuts, Carrington conceded to The Detroit News during an interview in his barn in Clinton Township outside Detroit. But the News said Tuesday that the stakes are high for America and its earthbound auto industry because a perpetual flying saucer could replace cars and eliminate the need for gasoline. Think of it as something like a flying car, Carrington said.

A New York woman credits a taxi driver, the current tenant of her old apartment and Facebook with returning the wallet she lost on New Year's Eve. Allison Gubala, 34, said she mistakenly left her wallet in a cab when she went home to change clothes on New Year's Eve before a party she was planning to attend in Connecticut, the New York Post reported Tuesday. I didn't realize I didn't have my wallet until I was all dressed up for New Year's and I was halfway to the train, she said. Gubala said that while she lost cash, her credit cards and her ID, she was most upset about losing the pictures she kept in her wallet, including a photo of her with a friend who had recently died. However, she said her luck turned around Jan.

A 22-year-old woman auctioning off her virginity at a legal brothel in Nevada said current bids include $3.8 million and a live tiger. The woman, who is using the pseudonym Natalie Dylan for the auction, said one bid for her virginity at the Bunny Ranch brothel in Carson City, Nev., came from a man who offered $3.8 million with the condition that he be allowed to videotape the sex, the New York Post reported Tuesday. She said another bid came from a zookeeper who offered her a live tiger in exchange for her virginity. I'm still getting offers, but I'm not necessarily taking the highest bidder, Dylan said Monday. Dylan said she is writing a book about the auction, which does not yet have an end date. Hey, I've done it for 22 years, she said of remaining chaste.

Police said five teenagers accused of mugging a New York state man were arrested after they allegedly called the victim the next day to gloat about the crime. Scarsdale police Lt. Bryant Clark said the 50-year-old New Rochelle man was beaten by a group of young men at about 9:20 p.m.

The New York City Conflict of Interest Board has fined a firefighter $1,000 after he parked in front of a hydrant and left a note asking not to be ticketed. The board heard Monday that Christopher Santana was photographed parking his Cadillac SUV, which bears license plates reading BRAVEST1, in front of a hydrant May 11 and leaving a note on his dashboard asking traffic agents not to give him a citation, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday. I'm really a fireman, Santana wrote.

An Ohio man is fighting for his right to put a police officer's union sticker on his car even though he is not an officer. The dispute began a year ago when Jaspir Singh was pulled over in the village of Lockland, Ohio, and ticketed for having a Fraternal Order of Police sticker on his vehicle, which the officer said violated an ordinance about displaying a law enforcement emblem. Singh this week filed a lawsuit in federal court calling the ordinance a violation of his right to free speech. It is unconstitutional, Singh told the Cincinnati Enquirer.

A Missouri raccoon trapper finds that his frozen carcasses disappear quickly when he sells them out of his car trunk in a parking lot. Larry Brownsberger of Montrose sells the raccoons for $3 to $7 each, The Kansas City Star reports.

Word of the Day
  • To befool; deceive; balk; jilt.
  • An illusion; a trick; a cheat.
The word 'begunk' may come from a nasalised variant of Scots begeck ("to deceive, disappoint"), equivalent to be- +‎ geck.