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Oddities News Archive - January 02, 2009

A 1937 Bugatti that an eccentric English doctor kept locked in a garage for half a century could bring his heirs millions of dollars. Dr. Harold Carr owned a number of classic cars, including a Jaguar and an Aston Martin, The Times of London reported.

A map that detailed portions of the Scottish home of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been located by a Jack Russell terrier, sources told The Daily Telegraph. Unidentified sources said the map found by journalist Joan Burnie's dog in the Scottish city of Edinburgh only showed portions of the Palace of Holyroodhouse that were already accessible to the general public, The Daily Telegraph said Friday. Nonetheless, a palace representative said, the map represented a breach of security for the royal residence. We acknowledge this has been a security breach which we are taking very seriously and are currently investigating, the unidentified palace official said. Burnie, who writes for the Daily Record, said her dog Polly found the map along with a letter under a bush during a routine walk. Polly saw them underneath a bush on the path and came out with the plans in her mouth, Burnie said. I took them from her to see what they were and that's when I saw the letter.

A longtime volunteer at a Washington state animal shelter said it was about time he formally adopted the troubled dog he had regularly walked for two years. Scott Davis became the official owner of Xena after a six-day holiday trial run at his home, ending the one-time stray's long stint as the most un-adoptable mutt at the Blue Mountain Human Society in Walla Walla. I couldn't take it any longer, Davis told the Walla Wall Union-Bulletin. The newspaper said Xena, a Rottweiler-mix, displayed a high degree of aggression, which kept her either out of the adoption showroom altogether or turned off customers looking for a new dog. They (other dogs) got adopted out, but she never did, Davis said.

Foreigners living in South Korea say it will take more than a few English abbreviations to make the nation's road signs user-friendlier. The government announced Friday it was initiating a 100-billion won ($76 million) program to add abbreviations such as Blvd., and St., to help English-speakers navigate; however some North American ex-pats told The Korea Times there are more-confusing issues they would prefer to see ironed out. We easily know `ro' and `gil' translate into street and road.

Local leaders in a Swedish tourist town say their decision to adopt the euro as a co-official currency could spur its adoption nationwide. The town of Hoganas this week made it legal for residents to pay their rent and other bills in either euros or the national kronor and will also be able to draw

The Florida Highway Patrol says work crews used brooms to clean up thousands of shoes that fell off a truck and snarled traffic on a Miami highway. It took several hours to pick up the scores of shoes, boots and sandals that littered the Palmetto Freeway at daybreak Friday. Traffic was a mess, FHP Lt.

City dwellers across the United States are reported picking chickens as pets these days for fresher eggs, low-cost protein and pest control, trend leaders say. Enthusiasts say they have persuaded officials in cities such as Fort Collins, Colo., Bloomington, Ind., and Brainerd, Minn., to change the

Miami police say they have arrested a Fidel Castro on an alleged license violation, but are quick to clarify it is not the Cuban dictator in their custody. Police Cmdr.

A tire spike strip to keep burglars out of a San Francisco-area apartment complex has been bad for residents and good for local tire shops, residents say. Al Ross, who lives at Mesa Verde in Hayward, said that he lost two tires on Christmas Day.

A sudden influx of porcupines to Mountain Village, Colo., has caused more than $100,000 in damage to area landscaping, area residents say. Mountain Village homeowner Vicki Irwin said while porcupines have been routine visitors to the home rule municipality, recent arrivals have taken to gnawing bark off scores of area spruce trees, The Denver Post said Friday. I've seen porcupines around her for years, but they've never been so aggressive, she said.

Word of the Day
dingle
  • A small wooded valley; a dell.
  • The protecting weather-shed built around the entrance to a house.
  • The roofed-over space between the kitchen and the sleeping-quarters in a logging-camp, commonly used as a storeroom.
The word 'dingle' comes from Middle English dell, hollow.
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