Oddities News Archive - January 26, 2009
A 36-year-old Englishwoman says she is relieved to have enjoyed her wedding day after her initial nuptials attempt ended in a fall from a horse-drawn carriage. Sophie Clarke, who was pushed from the moving horse and carriage by her father while on her way to her wedding in December, was married Sunday in the village of Bretforton, The Daily Telegraph reported. "It was such a relief to finally be able to walk down the aisle, said Clarke, who married 36-year-old Karl Woods. At one time I wondered if it would ever happen. The December accident occurred when the horse bolted after being scared by traffic.
A sticky rice roll more than 111 feet long and weighing more than a ton has been cooked in Vietnam to raise money for the poor, a radio network reports. The Voice of Vietnam reported Sunday that scores of Nha Thrang-area residents and international visitors descended on the Yasaka-SaiGon-Nha Trang Hotel
Teenagers claim they swathed Bernard Madoff's Florida mansion in toilet paper in retaliation for losing their trust funds in his alleged Ponzi scheme. The teenagers called the newsroom of The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post to take credit for Sunday night's prank, but refused to give their names, the newspaper reported Monday. The teens claimed the prank was sanctioned by their parents, who had invested with Madoff's firm, the Post reported. Madoff, who allegedly has confessed to running a $50 billion fraud scheme, remains under house arrest in his Park Avenue apartment in New York while his mansion in Palm Beach remains a target for vandals, the Post reported. Last month, someone stole a $10,000 piece of bronze yard art from the mansion's lawn and then returned it with this note: Bernie the Swindler, Lesson: Return Stolen Property to rightful owners.
A British couple said a raccoon they spotted sleeping in a tree behind their house was captured by an animal rescue officer. David Webber, 71, and his wife, Ena, said they initially thought the animal was a cat after they saw it while bird watching behind their Christchurch, England, home during the weekend, The Daily Telegraph reported Monday. Well, cats and birds don't go together so I fired the water gun at it and its little face came out and it just looked at me and said, in no uncertain terms: 'Stop I want to go back to sleep,' Webber said.
A Danish bank said a woman who successfully traded Swedish Monopoly money for real Danish bills was caught when she tried to repeat the exchange. The Nordea bank branch in Svendborg said the 61-year-old woman first visited the bank Thursday and traded two 2,000 kroner notes from the Swedish version of the popular Parker Brothers game for 1,400 Danish kroner, which equals about $240, The Local reported Monday. Branch manager Ulrik Feveile Nielsen said the woman returned to the bank the following day to exchange an additional 8,000 Monopoly kroner.
A former official with the British Ministry of Defense said military pilots in the country have been shooting at UFOs since the 1980s. Nick Pope, former head of the Ministry of Defense's UFO project, said UFOs have been fired upon but none have been brought down or captured by the Royal Air Force, The Daily Telegraph reported Monday. There was a faction in the MoD who said 'We want to shoot down a UFO and that will resolve the issue one way or another,' Pope said.
Japan's Canon Inc. says it wants its employees to do their bit to help the nation -- by going home early and making babies.
China's top three telecom operators said cell phone users in the country are expected to send more than 18 billion text messages during the Spring Festival. Officials with China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile said cell phone users are expected to top last year's total of 17 billion text messages during the weeklong festival, which ends Saturday, Xinhua, China's state-run news agency, reported Monday. The telecom operators said they calculated this year's estimation using data patterns linking text messaging and the growing number of cell phone users.
Police said a thief stole a $250 mannequin and $50 worth of underwear from a Dallas store, Condoms to Go, early Monday morning. Investigators said the items were taken from Condoms To Go by a thief who apparently entered the store before dawn Monday by removing the front glass door, The Dallas Morning
A Cleveland marching band said a drum major has been suspended for nodding and waving toward President Barack Obama during the inaugural parade. Pipe Major Mike Engle, bandleader of the Cleveland Firefighters Memorial Pipes & Drums, said Drum Major John Coleman has been suspended for six months after he acknowledged the president during last week's inaugural parade in Washington, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Monday. We had gone over and over time and again with everyone in the band that this was a military parade.
- A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.