Oddities News Archive - January 17, 2009

For the first time in 30 years, elephants will not be part of the annual military parade in New Delhi, an Indian official says. An Indian Defense Ministry spokesman identified only as D.

A senior lawyer at a London law firm was forced to stop publishing her erotic literary works online due to company rules, a spokesman says.

A Chicago woman attributes her matrimonial bliss to the soon-to-end U.S.

A wild goat died at the Calgary Zoo when it got tangled in a hanging toy zookeepers had placed in its enclosure, officials at the Canadian facility say. Zoo employees working in a nearby exhibit cut loose the 2-year-old male Turkmenian markhor when they realized it was in trouble Friday, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

Officials in Hialeah, Fla., are trying to decide whether making Forbes magazine's most boring city list is an honor or an insult. I wonder how much fun it is in other cities when people are losing their homes, when people are struggling to put food on the table, Councilman Jose Caragol told The Miami Herald.

Residents of a village in Thailand have had an unusual problem recently -- unusual for them, anyway -- keeping their cobras warm. Ban Khok Sanga in the northeastern part of the country is famous for its cobra shows, Thai News Agency reports.

Word of the Day
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.