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Oddities News Archive - January 23, 2009

A Santa Ana, Calif., company says about 120 footballs will be used in Super Bowl XLIII, and all of them will be marked to prevent counterfeiting. Joe Orlando, president of Professional Sports Authenticator, said his company and the NFL work together to prevent counterfeiting by marking each game ball

The Illinois-based American Pie Council suggests people mark Friday's National Pie Day holiday by engaging in random acts of pieness. The American Pie Council, which is dedicated to promoting its namesake pastry, released a list of suggested celebrations for National Pie Day, including baking, eating

A private school in Dallas has apologized after its girls' basketball team won a game against another school 100-0. Administrators at the Covenant School of Dallas, which won the Jan.

A survey sponsored by Pennsylvania's Caesars Pocono Resorts found one in three respondents credited the economic recession with improving their relationship. The survey of 191 men and 209 women, conducted Jan.

A British expert says towns in the country with seemingly rude names, including Crapstone and Spanker Lane, were named when the words had other meanings. Ed Hurst, a co-author of the books Rude Britain and Rude UK, which document places with arguably offensive names, said England is home to towns called Crapstone, Ugley, North Piddle, Spanker Lane, Crotch Crescent, Wetwang, Slutshole Lane and Pratts Bottom, The New York Times reported Friday. Place names and street names are full of history and culture, and it's only because language has evolved over the centuries that they've wound up sounding rude, Hurst said. Crapstone residents said the name of their village began innocently, but theories were mixed as to how the name came about.

The Virginia Tax Department hopes that a mouse puppet named Phil can help convince taxpayers to file on line. Phil stars in Phil's Phirst Philm clip on YouTube, advocating mouse power or the joys of using a computer mouse when doing taxes, The Virginian-Pilot reported.

Teachers at a Plainfield, Ill., middle school said this year's Family Science Night includes a contest to build and race miniature cars made from food. Stephanie Manno, a sixth grade math and science teacher at Ira Jones Middle School, said teachers have purchased enough supplies for 200 families at Friday night's event to participate in the Edible Car Race, the Joliet (Ill.) Herald News reported Friday. Manno said the rules state each family can build and race one car made entirely out of materials that are edible to humans.

Officials with a Bishop Auckland, England, soccer team said a moment of silence was held for a former player who was later discovered to be alive. Bishop Auckland Football Club chairman Terry Jackson said officials learned from the Bishop Auckland Social Club that Tommy Farrer, 86, a star player for the team from 1945 to 1953, had recently died, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday. He said the team's last game featured a tribute to Farrer in its program and the crowd observed a moment of silence for the player. However, Jackson said that when he later called Farrer's wife, Gladys, 87, to offer his condolences, she informed him her husband wasn't dead -- just at the store. We're glad to hear that Tommy is still with us and hope he remains in good health for many years to come, Jackson said. Farrer said he was moved by the team's tribute. Whoever it was who told people I had died obviously contacted the local football ground and they decided to go the whole hog by arranging the silence,

A British couple said they discovered the floor of their attic was made up of antique railroad signs worth a total of $27,500. Ian and Lynda Spires, both 48, said they were insulating the attic of their Milton Keynes, England, home when they discovered the floor was comprised of 49 antique signs put

A Colombian tourist said a guard at London's St.