Oddities News Archive - January 28, 2009

President Barack Obama teasingly scoffed at the apparent wimpiness of Washingtonians when faced with cold weather. My children's school was canceled today because of what? Some ice? Obama said before a meeting with some of the nation's biggest business leaders, drawing laughs. Washington has been zapped with freezing drizzle and other wintry precipitation with temperatures hovering around 30 degrees F.

A large man sporting a woman's wig robbed a Wachovia bank in St. Petersburg, Fla., police said Wednesday. Police spokesman George Kajtsa said the man behind Tuesday's robbery was 6-foot-5-inches and weighed approximately 250 pounds, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times said.

A Florida couple that preserved their Labrador's DNA before dog cloning was possible has received a carbon copy of their now-dead pet from South Korea. Edgar and Nina Otto of Boca Raton are the proud owners of a Lab puppy cloned from cryogenically frozen DNA and carried by a surrogate mother in Seoul, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Wednesday. Named Sir Lancelot Encore, the 10-week old yellow Labrador Retriever is a duplicate of the Otto's dog Sir Lancelot who died of cancer in 2008 at age 11. Before Sir Lancelot became sick, a California company called Bio Arts International held an auction for the chance to clone a pet. The Ottos won the five-day event with a bid of $155,000. I know there are a lot of people in this world who think this is an unfair thing to do.

An unidentified woman in Independence, Mo., says she was shocked to see her husband getting married to another woman on television. The woman, who did not want her identity reported, said she felt some measure of relief this week as attorneys in Jackson County officially charged her husband, William Rivera, with bigamy, KCTV, Kansas City, Mo., reported Wednesday. The woman told the TV station Tuesday she learned of her husband's alleged infidelity during a Valentine's Day TV broadcast of a mass wedding in Independence last year. I feel like he has pushed us off in a corner, you know, like tried to hide us in the shadows and forget about us, but you can't, so I'm glad it's all coming to light, the woman said of her husband's alleged second marriage. Despite the ongoing court case, which is expected to continue in February, the woman told KCTV she has no plans for a divorce. I know that Jesus performs miracles.

A man who said he wanted to go to jail broke into a Michigan gas station and called 911 after smoking a few cigarettes and drinking some alcohol, officials say. The suspect, whose name has not been released, told Capac police he needed to be arrested so he could spend time with his brother who was already in jail, the Port Huron Times Herald reported Wednesday. Deputies obliged and took the man to the county jail in Port Huron Township. The manager of the Marathon gas station said the suspect got inside by breaking a window.

The Hawthorne, N.Y., company that markets the Snuggie said 4 million of the fleece blankets with sleeves have been sold since the product's launch in August. Allstar Products Group, which conceived of and markets the Snuggie, said the blankets sold quickly after sales began in August.

A San Diego judge ordered a mistrial when a defendant in an assault and robbery trial smeared feces on his lawyer and then flung the rest at the jury box. Weusi McGowan was awaiting a new trial date Wednesday after his crude antics Monday prompted the judge to bring the proceedings to a halt. McGowan smuggled a plastic bag filled with waste into the downtown San Diego courthouse where he was being tried for a 2007 assault and robbery, The San Diego Union-Tribune said Tuesday. Paul Levikow, spokesman for the San Diego County District Attorney, told the newspaper that as the jurors were filing out for a break, McGowan dipped into the bag and smeared feces on his startled public defender.

Authorities in Bradford, England, said a police dog named Vader only broke a toenail after plunging 50 feet to a concrete floor. Sgt.

A Stockholm, Sweden, man said authorities have barred him from changing his name to Halla, the Swedish equivalent of Hello. Jonas Peter Haraldsson said the Swedish National Tax Agency, or Skatteverket, ruled he could not change his middle name to the friendly greeting because it might cause offense and is likely to lead to discomfort for the bearer, The Local reported Wednesday. Haraldsson said he plans to appeal the decision. It started as a bit of fun, since I have three daughters at home who begin every sentence with the word 'Halla.' And besides, it's just the middle part of my name he said.

Word of the Day
  • Any of various tropical Old World birds of the family Indicatoridae, some species of which lead people or animals to the nests of wild honeybees. The birds eat the wax and larvae that remain after the nest has been destroyed for its honey.
Honeyguide birds have even been known to eat candles.