Oddities News Archive - October 04, 2009

Rostislav Klesla scored the winning goal Saturday to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild. Columbus announced earlier Saturday it had signed veteran defenseman Klesla to a four-year extension that will keep him with the team through the 2013-14 season. R.J.

A Pennsylvania man whose 1,040.5-pound pumpkin won the Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Clarence, N.Y., says lots of water is the key to his success. Mike Matto, of Bradford, Pa., came out on top of the 27th annual World Pumpkin Confederation competition at the Clarence Fall Festival, defeating his nearest

A Florida Jewish congregation has found that providing a drive-through sukkah can help connect an ancient holiday ritual with modern life, clergymen said. The holiday of Sukkoth, which began Friday night and requires the faithful to say certain prayers within the shelter of a temporary structure called

Two of 1,600 personalized license plates to be auctioned by a British agency were pulled after a gay rights group complained, officials said. Stonewall, a gay rights charity, objected to two registrations: F4 GOT and D1 KES.

The area around Stonehenge, a 5,000-year-old monument in England, will be given a facelift and freed from unsightly surrounding traffic, officials said. A 1.3-mile length of highway A344 that currently comes to within a few hundred yards of the ancient wonder will be closed and grassed over, and a parking lot and visitors' center will be built a mile and a half to the west, with shuttle buses taking tourists to the monument, the Sunday Times of London reported.

A World War II cannon with three live projectiles was discovered on a riverbank in the Philippines, army officials said. The rusty cannon was found in Antipolo City following Tropical Storm Ondoy during the weekend of Sept. 26, GMANews.TV reported.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper surprised a National Arts Centre audience by playing a Beatles' tune on piano at a gala event supporting young artists. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Ottawa band Herringbone provided a little help as Harper regaled attendees Saturday by playing With a Little Help from My Friends at the performance in Ottawa, the Ottawa Citizen reported Sunday. The performance came just a year after Harper said he did not think a bunch of people at a rich gala had much in common with ordinary working people. Harper's comment is believed to have been in reaction to Canadian TV celebrities who protested government cuts in spending on the annual Gemeaux Awards, which honor outstanding Canadian television programs, the Ottawa Citizen reported.

Microchipping allowed a cat in England to be reunited with its owners after it disappeared for three weeks, the cat's owners said. Cindy and Tim Whitbread of the Isle of Wight, England, got a telephone call from Chris Archibald of the Yorkshire resort of Whitby -- 300 miles away -- to say she had Geoffrey, their cat, the Daily Telegraph reported Saturday. The Whitbreads said they believe Geoffrey, a Bengal cat, must have jumped into the luggage compartment of one of the many vehicles that stop to pick up tourists from their area's hotel and bed-and-breakfasts, and then ridden for about 10 hours to Whitby, in the north of England. At least he went somewhere lovely.

Word of the Day
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.