Oddities News Archive - January 06, 2009

Canada's capital city, Ottawa, has admitted it was overzealous in ticketing and towing parked cars and says it will drop the tickets and towing charges. There was an uproar Monday when trucks towed nine vehicles and issued tickets to others parked in a bus lane on a street motorists said they've been parking on since a transit strike shut down bus service a month ago. The city issued a news release announcing stricter parking enforcement in the area Friday, but clearly, few drivers heard about it, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

People living near a former motel in Vassalboro, Maine, give differing opinions on a plan to transform the venue into a coffee shop with topless servers. Donald Crabtree's request for a business permit to open a topless coffee shop in the former Grand View Motel is scheduled to be considered Tuesday by the Vassalboro Planning Board, the Kennebec (Maine) Morning Sentinel reported Tuesday. Crabtree said he does not want to discuss the proposal before the planning board has made a decision, but neighbors of the derelict motel had mixed opinions. This is a rural town, neighbor Becky Young said.

An elk shot by a hunter in Utah has won official recognition for the largest rack ever recorded for a non-typical American elk. Officials have also confirmed that the animal was not raised on a farm, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Authorities in California said a 9-year-old boy saved a girl from a pit bull attack by putting the vicious dog in a jiu-jitsu choke hold. Drew Heredia said he was walking with the girl and her small dog in Bakersfield when the pit bull approached them and attacked the smaller canine, KGPE-TV, Fresno,

A sixth-grader at a Lawrence, Kansas, school has successfully lobbied for a change in a municipal law that barred him from keeping a hedgehog as a pet. Judson King, 11, said that he began his lobbying campaign a year ago with a letter to the city commission, the Lawrence Journal-World reported Tuesday.

A Utah fire department said a woman is recovering in a hospital after she spent more than a day stuck upside down in a floor vent. Ogden Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Wood said the 55-year-old woman was found stuck in the vent at her home Monday evening after her niece became concerned that she was not answering the phone and notified authorities, KSL-TV, Salt Lake City, reported Tuesday. It took crews about 15 minutes to get her out of the vent.

Witnesses said a skier at a Vail, Colo., resort spent about 15 minutes dangling upside down from a lift with his pants around his knees before he was rescued. Fellow skiers said the man boarded the Skyline Express high-speed lift Friday morning in Vail's Blue Sky Basin, but the lift's fold-down seat

A Seattle bar code-technology entrepreneur said his 24-hour lava lamp Webcam fills an Internet void -- but he doesn't know who would watch it. Jerry Whiting, 55, founder of Azalea Software, said he put the live video of two lava lamps on the Internet simply because he could not find anything else like it, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported Tuesday. I'm a nerdy guy.

Employees at a Delaware cinema said Vice President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill couldn't see a Brad Pitt movie because it was sold out. Workers at the Regal Brandywine Cinemas in Wilmington said Jill Biden approached associate manager Inshirah Muhamut's box office window while the former Democratic senator looked on, The (New Castle, Del.) News Journal reported Tuesday. Muhamut, 21, said the Bidens wanted to attend a 7:45 p.m.

Word of the Day
  • To befool; deceive; balk; jilt.
  • An illusion; a trick; a cheat.
The word 'begunk' may come from a nasalised variant of Scots begeck ("to deceive, disappoint"), equivalent to be- +‎ geck.