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Oddities News Archive - January 08, 2009

A Newfoundland woman who went to a hospital complaining of kidney pain was shocked when she gave birth to a healthy baby boy soon after. Juanita Stead, 36, was at a New Year's Eve party when the pain started and escalated to the point where her husband, Terry, took her to the hospital in the eastern town of Carbonear for X-rays, the Carbonear Compass reported. The technician looked at me and said, 'My dear, you're pregnant with a full-term baby.' And I said: 'No sir, you got the wrong woman and you're looking at the wrong screen.

Toronto police say a trio of armed thieves who robbed a high-end jewelry store were well organized, but left behind the most expensive items. The heist happened at Wednesday at the Boutique Cartier in the toney Yorkville part of the city when the masked and gloved men barged in and ordered staff and customers to the floor, the Toronto Sun said.

Some professionals say they have attended a seminar in New York held by a hypnotist in order to find additional success in their business lives. Financial adviser Amal Gawle said attending hypnotist Selena Valentine's Millionaire Mindset event represented his attempt to get an advantage on his competitors, the New York Post said Thursday. My job is performance related, and 2008 was a terrible year in the financial markets, Gawle, 30, said.

A stray dog somehow found its way into Citi Field and spent several days investigating the new home for the New York Mets, construction workers say. Workers said the canine sniffed around the new Major League stadium until animal control workers finally arrived to capture the stray Wednesday, the New York Daily News reported. But the dog had other ideas and apparently used his inside knowledge of Citi Field lead the animal control wardens on a rainy chase through the sports venue. She was around home plate, ran up the first base line and ducked into the stands, Mike Pastore, New York City Animal Care & Control's head of field operations, said of the difficult animal capture.

Residents of a British town said a wind turbine that lost one of its 65-foot-long blades was hit by what appeared to be a UFO. Some residents of Conisholme, England, reported lights in the sky and a loud noise at about 4 a.m.

Experts said an 18-puppy litter born to a 3-year-old Dalmatian in Britain may be the largest on record in the country. Adam and Nicola Morley of Melton Mowbray, England, said their dog, Button, gave birth recently to a litter of 18 puppies, one year after birthing a litter of 16, The Daily Mail reported Thursday. We were shocked when 18 were born and they were all alive and healthy, said Adam Morley, 40.

The planning board in a rural Maine town has approved plans for a topless coffee shop, and by the way, the vote was unanimous. The Vassalboro Planning Board voted 5-0 Tuesday night to approve plans for a coffee shop with topless female servers at the former Grand View Motel.

Atlanta water department officials acknowledge it was a mistake to cut off service to a former Georgia lawmaker over a $2.36 balance due on his water bill. Bob Irvin, the former Republican leader in the Georgia House of Representatives, said the water at the home he shares with his wife, Lynn, was shut off at about noon Wednesday after the couple received a notice in the mail last week informing them of the outstanding $2.36 due on their account, WGCL-TV, Atlanta, reported Thursday. Lynn Irvin said she checked with her bank to be sure her recent checks for $714.77 and $234.66 went through.

A New York state man whose wife filed for divorce is demanding $1.5 million or the return of one very special gift -- his kidney. Dominic Barbara, an attorney for Dr.

A New York couple is suing a hotel after their wedding ceremony on the building's lawn was interrupted by the sprinkler system. Svetlana Orishchenko, 27, and her husband, Yuriy Orishchenko, 26, filed a $300,000 lawsuit last week against the Hilton Garden Inn, alleging the sprinkler system went off during their Aug.

Word of the Day
omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.