Oddities News Archive - January 29, 2009

District of Columbia public schools got a bum rap when President Obama poked fun about school closures in the area due to inclement weather, one parent says. The president had jokingly noted Wednesday his two daughters, who the private Sidwell Friends school, didn't have classes because of freezing drizzle and temperatures near 30 degrees. My children's school was canceled today, because of what? Some ice? Obama was quoted by a Washington Times reporter as saying.


A 21-year-old man who serves as an impersonator of Prince Harry says he has gone into hiding due to all of the female attention the British royal draws. Elliott Gibson said while he is used to some female attention due to his physical similarities to Prince Harry, he has been overwhelmed with lovelorn girls since the prince's publicized split from his girlfriend, Chelsy Davy, The Daily Telegraph reported Thursday. People have been staring at me my entire life because of how much I look like Harry -- and, as embarrassing as it is, a lot of girls come up to me to get a picture, Gibson said. But the past few days have been like nothing I've ever experienced. The prince and Davy ended their 5-year-relationship this month. Gibson said during a recent London visit he was mistaken for Harry once again, but this time he barely escaped being chased by 50 U.S.


A Swiss research group says a study it conducted found that women's underarms typically smell like onions, while men's smell like cheese.

A Tokyo court says a cartoonist can keep the red and white stripes decorating the exterior of his home, despite complaints from neighbors. Tokyo District Court Judge Minoru Hatakeyama said Kazuo Umezu's house attracts attention, but cannot be said to destroy the scenery, Kyodo News reported Thursday. Umezu,

Fire officials in eastern Pennsylvania said a mail carrier rescued all of the letters from his truck before an electrical fire consumed the vehicle. Chief Scott Brady of the Cumru Township Fire Department said the postal worker, whose name was not given, was delivering to the town of Flying Hills when he noticed an electrical fire behind his mail truck's dashboard, the Reading (Pa.) Eagle reported Thursday. The driver said he smelled something electrical and saw smoke coming from the dashboard, Brady said.

A pair of red pumps purportedly worn by Alaska Gov.

The last known U.S. veteran of World War I will receive an honorary flagpole to hang one of his hundreds of U.S. flags, a Michigan resident says. Bob Heft of Saginaw, Mich., said he and a group of U.S. veterans will travel to Frank W.

A British couple visiting New York said they have accepted a free five-star hotel room with one catch -- they will be watched by passersby through clear walls. Duncan Malcolm and Katherine Lewis said the Roger Smith Hotel, located in the heart of New York's Manhattan borough, told them they can stay for free in a replica room built on the ground floor of a nearby building with the provision that the curtains on the floor-to-ceiling windows are kept open between the hours of 4:30 p.m.

New Zealand authorities said a lamp post and a pair of handcuffs foiled an escape attempt by two prisoners from a courthouse. Security staff at Hastings District Court on New Zealand's North Island said the two men ran from the courthouse but were stopped when they attempted to run on either side of a lamp post, apparently forgetting they were handcuffed together, Britain's The Daily Telegraph reported Thursday. As they were being led from the Hastings police cells ...

A Tampa, Fla., store owner said one of his two motorized gorillas that wave to passing cars has been stolen from in front of the store. David Epstein, owner of State Vacuum, said security cameras recorded two women, who appeared to be between the ages of 18 and 25, loading the gorilla into a hatchback and driving away Wednesday, the St.

Word of the Day
  • The act of burning, scorching, or heating to dryness; the state or being thus heated or dried.
  • In medicine, cauterization.
The word 'adustion' comes from the Latin 'adustio', 'burning'.