Oddities News Archive - January 16, 2009

Florida police said an elderly woman was arrested after she allegedly crashed her car into a man riding a scooter and left the scene for a hair appointment. Police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said Louise Davidson, 77, allegedly pulled into the path of an oncoming scooter that had the right of way while driving near her home in Boynton Beach, Fla., at about 10 a.m.

Police in Indonesia said they have arrested an alleged thief who locals say uses magic power to commit his crimes. Andi Dady Cahyo, adjunct commissioner of the Mataram Police Criminal Investigation Unit, said the alleged thief, identified only as Salman, 19, was arrested Thursday night while fleeing from a home where he had allegedly stolen money and a cell phone, Antara reported Friday. Salman is a specialist cellular phone thief who is known by the local people to have a magic power because he is invisible each time he carried out his stealing activity, Andi said.

Two men in a sport utility vehicle were pulled over after being seen playing driver-side musical chairs at a traffic light, police in a New York suburb say. Both men, who had previous convictions for driving under the influence, have been charged with felony drunken driving, Newsday reported Friday. Officer Armand Reyes of the Suffolk County Selective Alcohol Fatality Enforcement Unit followed the Suzuki Grand Vitara from the traffic light.

The Florida Marlins' Manatees, the team's all-male supersized cheerleading squad, are preparing for next season by holding open tryouts. Disco George Gonzalez, a 40-year-old veteran Manatee from West Miami, told The Miami Herald the tryouts are not just for newcomers. I just gained some weight again, Gonzalez said.

Police said they arrested a Springfield, Ill., couple after they allegedly attacked one another with a bingo marker. Investigators said Chyrl Miller, 22, arrived home after playing bingo at about 10:20 p.m.

The Science Museum in London says it has unearthed several of the world's first science films, including the revolutionary film Cheese Mites. The museum said Mites, a one-minute film that was first to offer a microscopic view of life, is part of a new exhibit entitled Films of Fact, The Daily Telegraph

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva was met Friday at the country's Teacher's Council by protesters performing a cursing ritual. About a dozen members of the Sanam Luang Democracy Group, an apparent splinter group of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, roasted chilis and salt outside

A mother-of-two in the English city of Liverpool says she was fined nearly $89 for snacking on a sandwich while driving her car. While university researcher Ediri Tsekiri admits she was eating while driving on a 30 mph road, she maintains she was always in full control of her vehicle despite a police officer's assertions to the contrary, The Daily Mail said Friday. I had picked up a crust from a plastic bag on the seat next to me and I never took my eyes off the road, Tsekiri said of the incident last November.

Legoland California unveiled its latest mammoth Lego block sculpture Friday -- a pre-enactment of President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration. Among the more than one thousand people represented in the display are the Obama family, Vice President-elect Joe Biden, his wife Jill Biden, outgoing President George W.

A pregnant Australian woman got a month off her license suspension after she asked for leniency saying she was speeding to a toilet when she was pulled over. But a Sydney magistrate also gave Bettina Catherine May a lecture about her selfishness, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Word of the Day
  • Stoppage; cessation (of labor).
  • A standing still or idling (of mills, factories, etc.).
The word chomage comes into English from French.]