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Oddities News Archive - October 01, 2009

Grandma gets $3,200 bid on eBay CLACTON, England, Oct.

A spokeswoman for American Girl says youth bullying, not homelessness, inspired the U.S.

A 50-year-old South Carolina woman was arrested for allegedly walking around her neighborhood without a top on, authorities said. Angela Jonas of York, S.C., told deputies arriving on the scene Tuesday that she likes to be nude when she mows her lawn, the York County Sheriff's Office said.

A Washington state woman was arrested for refusing to leave a store that she claimed sold her a warm soda, authorities said. The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office said the 49-year-old woman purchased a soda from Handy Andy's Market in Bremerton Tuesday afternoon and immediately complained after opening the drink that it was warm, The Kitsap Sun of Bremerton reported Thursday. The woman told deputies the 61-year-old owner gave her permission to get a replacement soda while the owner said he told the woman she could have a cup of ice. Deputies said the woman attempted to open a second beverage, but the owner took it from her.

Police in New York said a burglar who stole from a home near a police station was arrested when a homeowner flagged down a passing patrol car. Officers said a homeowner spotted John Figueroa, 31, climbing through a ground-floor window Wednesday at about noon and chased the suspected robber until a police

Police in Elmwood, Ohio, said they arrested America's dumbest criminal for breaking into the chief's office inside of a police station. The Elmwood Place Police Department said John Prentis, an informant who has worked with police, was caught on surveillance video kicking chief William Peskin's office door open at about 4 p.m.

A Texas woman said she drove off a pair of would-be burglars by climbing onto her roof and pelting them with billiard balls. Paula Ollie, 27, a mother of three, said she was alone at her North Richland Hills home just after 2 p.m.

A University of Colorado student with a penchant for running naked says he will be suspended for the spring semester for streaking at a football game. Mason Lacy, 19, who was charged with resisting arrest and trespassing for his naked run during halftime of a Sept.

Police in Florida said they are seeking a motorist who drove out of an airport parking lot without paying a $917 bill for nearly two months of parking. Authorities said the 2008 black Chevrolet Suburban was parked in the $17-per-day Orlando International Airport lot operated by Ampco System Parking from Aug.

A Florida man has admitted placing razor blades in his bushes because people had been tampering with the plants, police said. Sarasota County Sheriff's deputies said Gary Mitchell, 47, admitted placing the blades in the branches of the bushes he planted along the front sidewalk of his rental home in Sarasota, WTSP-TV, St.

Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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