Oddities News Archive - January 25, 2009

Police in upstate New York have seized heroin marketed in packages stamped with an Obama brand name. Sullivan County Undersheriff Eric Claboty described the misuse of the new president's surname as an absolute disgrace, the New York Daily News reported. Claboty said the 80 decks of heroin and a large quantity of marijuana were discovered and five suspects seized following a three-month investigation. Most of the heroin packets had Obama stamped on them in red ink. The Smoking Gun Web site, which headlined the story The Audacity of Dope, pointed out that drug dealers are fond of brands and frequently misappropriate names for them.

The third annual Oakland KazooFest that took place in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood was fun for people of all ages, participants say. While younger KazooFest participants like Tyler Temple, 7, and Joshua Worobij, 3, merely enjoyed the instrument's odd tones, at least one adult participant recognized the kazoo's place in history, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Sunday. They're a very American instrument, said Patte Kelley, head of the Carnegie Library's children's department. Kelley explained that the kazoo, which was invented in the 1840s, has roots in African-American folk music. No matter if participants in Saturday's event were intrigued by the instrument's sound or history, 11-year-old Nick Worobij said fun should be the main focus for any true kazoo player. I would say, 'Have fun and be happy with whatever you play,' Worobij told the Post-Gazette.

A Goodwill official says a donated painting uncovered at the non-profit organization's warehouse in Nashville will sell for more than $5,300. Susan McCullen, the manager of a Goodwill auction Web site, said she discovered the profitable donation sitting amidst scores of other donated items in the warehouse, The (Nashville) Tennessean reported Sunday. I'm always on the lookout for the Hope Diamond of whatever we can sell, the shopgoodwill.com manager said.

New York police allege an inebriated 24-year-old commodities trader started a fire when he got stuck in an elevator on the 40th floor of 7 World Trade Center. Ryan Brinkerhoff was charged Saturday with four counts of arson, the New York Post reported Sunday. Brinkerhoff, who works on the 34th floor

Authorities allege it took six officers to restrain a drunken man accused of damaging a police car while growling and biting like a dog in Port Richey, Fla.

Tokyo police allege woman unlawfully entered a neighbor's apartment to charge her cell phone and then stabbed the occupant with a knife. The legal resident of the apartment, whose name was not released, said she came home Saturday to find someone else's cell phone in her charger, Kyodo News Agency reported Sunday.

Some of the thousands of people inadvertently shut out of Barack Obama's presidential inauguration held a do-over of sorts in Washington. Gabe Cohen of Denver and his mother, Judy Marks, were among thousands of purple ticket holders denied entrance to last Tuesday's ceremony after waiting more than five hours in the cold, The Washington Post reported.

Word of the Day
  • An uxorious, effeminate, or spiritless man.
  • A timorous, cowardly fellow.
Probably a blend of meek and cock, or from meek +‎ -ock (“diminutive suffix”).