Oddities News Archive - January 21, 2009

The owner of a London gym says members of his site have access to a variety of exercise equipment, including human weights. Gymbox owner Richard Hilton said by using individuals of varying weights as weight-lifting equipment, he is offering his health club customers a unique and visual experience, The

A 42-year-old man crashed his car into a parked car in Oldsmar, Fla., before crashing into a store window, a fence and finally a tree, police allege. Police have charged Scott Lane Crowther with three counts of fleeing the scene of an accident for his alleged actions after he left a bar-restaurant this week, The St.

A New York cab driver says he helped save a couple's wedding day by returning scores of wedding gifts the couple left in his taxi's trunk. Cab driver Haron ur Rashid said he found a box full of wedding cards, gifts mementos in the trunk of his taxi last weekend after giving a ride to newlyweds Christine

Abandoned and feral cats can find a second chance at a normal life at The Cat House in Parlier, Calif., the site's founder says. Cat House founder Lynea Lattanzio said when she first founded the 12-acre site 17 years ago she never imagined it would become the current home to an estimated 700 cats and even a few dogs, the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News said Tuesday.

A Madison, Miss., homeowner says her house was damaged by an errant deer that leaped through a window and trampled through the residence. Natalie Jolly said after the deer came through one of her windows earlier this week, the apparently frightened animal took an impromptu home tour, WAPT-TV, Jackson, Miss., reported Wednesday. Tuesday morning's visit by the deer included a jump on one of the beds and stepping on bath preparations in a bathroom, Jolly said. The homeowner said after finding its way into her bathroom, the animal somehow turned on the tub faucet and flooded the floor. The deer was eventually shot and killed in the bathroom by animal control officers.

A North Carolina man says it was pure coincidence that he was able to sell the Internet domain name for President Bush's planned presidential library. Raleigh Web designer George Huger told the Raleigh (N.C.) New & Observer that he came upon GeorgeWBushLibrary.com two years ago while perusing a list of expiring domain names. He bought the rights for $5 and recently sold them for $35,000, the newspaper said Wednesday. It was a wonderful turn of events, the 26-year-old Huger said.

A Baltimore man won a close-up view of President Barack Obama's inauguration by promising in an essay to use the occasion to ask his girlfriend to marry him. Bill Ferguson, 25, was just one of 10 people to win the inaugural committee's Ticket to History, beating out more than 250,000 entrants in the

A Washington State man who visits the Toronto area on business frequently won $7.5 million in a Canadian lottery with the first ticket he purchased. Sean Mayer, a director of a U.S. construction company bought the Lotto 6/49 ticket for the Jan.

A Washington state man who visits the Toronto area on business frequently won $7.5 million in a Canadian lottery with the first ticket he purchased. Sean Mayer, a director of a U.S. construction company, bought the Lotto 6/49 ticket for the Jan.

A 23-year-old man has been arrested on charges of repeatedly breaking into an adult shop in Cairns, Australia, and having sex with blow up dolls, police say. The suspect, who police have not identified, was apprehended at his home late Tuesday afternoon following an investigation, The Cairns Post reports. He

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'