Oddities News Archive - January 24, 2009

U.S. President Barack Obama is now available as a tie-wearing action figure battling Darth Vader with a light saber, a Japanese doll maker says.

A 61-year-old British man must pay for the government clean-up of his home, in which 17 truckloads of hoarded rubbish was hauled away, a court says. It took that many skips, or dumpsters, to hold all the trash removed from the Leeds, England, home of Anthony Cockerham, The Daily Telegraph reported.

A 78-year-old man in England says his microwave oven is going strong after 40 years and an estimated 150,000 meals. Frederick Stephens of Cheltenham says he's used his Panasonic microwave several times daily since buying it for about $345 and has only had to replace a light bulb in all those years,

Damion James had 28 points and seven rebounds Saturday to lead the 15th-ranked Texas Longhorns to a 67-58 win over Texas A&M. Gary Johnson added 15 points and A.J.

A Google glitch is giving drivers trying to reach a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Staten Island directions to the upstate city of Schenectady. Google has placed the 10308 zip code, the one for the Great Kills section, in Schenectady, which lies a few miles west of Albany about three hours up the Hudson River, the New York Daily News reports.

Investigators in Cleveland are working on the mystery of the missing copying machines -- six paid for by the school district and apparently never delivered. To complicate the mystery, school officials initially said only three machines were missing, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Word of the Day
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.