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Oddities News Archive - January 22, 2009

More than 70 percent of Canadian NFL football fans said in a poll for Pepsico they hold off bathroom breaks so they can watch Super Bowl commercials. In the run-up to the Feb.

A former sheriff who lost his re-election bid in Hood County, Texas, should not have said he was fired on an unemployment claim, an official says. Texas Association of Counties spokeswoman Elna Christopher said former Hood County Sheriff Gene Mayo was ill-advised to have written lost election/fired on an application for unemployment benefits, the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram said Thursday. Our lawyers could not recall it happening, Christopher said When you are elected, you are elected for a certain amount of time.

The letter Q may identify James Bond and Star Trek characters, but it may not be used as a boy's name, a Swedish administrative appeals court ruled. The parents of a boy in northwestern Sweden's Jamtland province, where the actress Ann-Margret was born, had argued they'd been calling their son Q since

Several burglars failed to notice their illicit actions in a computer store in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., were filmed by security cameras, the store's owner says. Computer Sights owner Todd Myers said after images of the burglars were captured by the store's security system, that video was shown on televisions throughout the store for the criminal visitors, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel said Thursday. They were watching themselves break in, Myers said of Wednesday's theft.

Some British pastors are copying a tactic used by their brethren in the United States -- using signs with humorous messages to draw people in. Pastor Paul Sinclair told the Daily Telegraph that he decided he needed to target people who didn't come to church.

A Denver man said he has temporarily shelved his plans for a ballot initiative to create a commission to deal with extraterrestrial beings visiting Earth. Jeff Peckman, who proposed the creation of an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission in Denver, said he will be in wait-and-see mode for the next few months while he observes the administration of President Barack Obama, the Rocky Mountain News reported Thursday. It's on hold for now because of the confidence that I feel and a lot of people feel in the Obama administration in moving toward more disclosure of the UFO/extraterrestrial information, Peckman said.

A pair of New Yorkers said math is on their side in their attempt to break the Guinness World Record for visiting the city's subway stations. Chris Solarz, 28, and Matt Ferrisi, 30, began their trek Thursday at the Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue station in the city's Queens borough, WABC-TV, New York, reported

Police in Florida said a man was arrested after he allegedly pulled a knife on his brother during an argument about chicken wings. Investigators said Calvin Edwards, 48, of Fort Pierce was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and battery after the alleged Tuesday incident, TCPalm.com reported Thursday. The arrest affidavit quotes Edwards' brother as saying he and his sibling were scuffling over chicken wings when Calvin pulled a small pocket knife and threatened to cut him.

Police said an Indiana man who was bitten by a venomous snake was later charged with possessing the serpent without a permit. Conservation Officer Mac Spainhour said John Haley was rushed to a hospital after he was bitten by a rhinoceros viper Monday and medical staff discovered the snake's bite had

LaShay and Miguel Lozano say they were shocked when their new daughter came into the world while her mother was stepping out of the shower in San Jose, Calif. LaShay Lozano said while exiting from her home's shower this week, she suddenly began to give birth and she immediately called to her husband for assistance, the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News said Wednesday. I felt her head coming out and I held it,'' LaShay said of Monday's birth.

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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