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Oddities News Archive - October 05, 2009

A young moose rescued after a dog attack has become the center of a dispute between game farm owners and Vermont health officials, authorities said. Pete the baby moose was brought to an elk farm in Irasburg, Vt., after dogs attacked him in June when he was a month old.

Some attorneys in Florida say the referral service, whocanisue.com, is a disgrace while other lawyers label the Web site a boon for business. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel said Sunday with the service based out of Boca Raton, Fla., being advertised on scores of billboards and signs in three Florida counties, attorneys are divided on the benefits and drawbacks of the business. Personal injury attorney Gary Lesser of West Palm Beach, Fla., labels the service dedicated to finding lawyers for litigious individuals egregious and said it takes attention away from those truly in need of legal aid. There are real people who are hurt, who need lawyers, Lesser said. Labor and employment lawyer Martin Saenz of Miami said whocanisue.com has increased his business dramatically although he does admit some cases are of a questionable nature. I'm getting probably twice as many phone calls, said Saenz, who advertises on the Web site.

A man who died in 1976 is the likely culprit behind a mysterious note suggesting a chest of gold coins is buried in Springfield, Ill., an Illinois woman says. Betty Atkinson Ryan of Mason City, Ill., claims the individual who likely left the recently-discovered note about the hidden treasure was former Journal-Register classified advertisement manager John Jay Slaven, the newspaper said Monday. Ryan said Slaven was a practical joker who liked to sign his jokes with the pseudonym Chauncey Wolcott, the same name featured on the typewritten note found by Patty Henken of Mount Sterling, Ill. Henken found the note in the stuffing of an antique chair and followed its details to a vacant Springfield lot. The lot's owners helped in the search for the chest of gold coins Sunday by digging into the property with a back hoe.

A marriage and family researcher says it's difficult to find people to talk about infidelity -- even in Las Vegas. Cheaters are not inclined to discuss their affairs, even if they're bribed, said Katherine Hertlein, an assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Hertlein offered $25 Amazon gift certificates to people if they would anonymously answer questions about infidelity in a phone interview.

A weekly Denver newspaper said it has received dozens of applications for its latest job opening -- medical marijuana dispensary critic. Patricia Calhoun, editor of the alternative weekly paper Westword, said she is searching for someone with a doctor-issued medical marijuana card for a legitimate condition to tour the dozens of dispensaries that have appeared in Denver during the last year, The New York Times reported Monday. We want to see what kind of place it is, how well they care for you and also how sketchy the place is, Calhoun said.

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A group of at least 103 surfers set a world record in South Africa by riding the same wave at the same time, organizers said. Paul Botha of Kahuna Promotions, sponsors of the Earthwave beach festival, said the record attempt during the Cape Town event beat the previous Guinness World Record of 100 surfers on a single wave, which was set at a previous Earthwave festival held in Brazil, The Daily Telegraph reported Monday. We estimated that there were more than 120 surfers on the fifth of the seven waves surfed at Muizenberg during Earthwave, Botha said.

Bosses at an Upstate New York restaurant said they will be proud to put up a picture of a baby girl who was born in the eatery's parking lot. Anthony Daniele, co-owner of Mario's Italian Steakhouse and Catering in Brighton, said the business is saving a spot on its Wall of Fame for a picture of Maya Denise Herbert, who was born just before 4 a.m.

A Halloween-themed wedding in Ohio featured the happy couple in vampire garb, a pirate best man and a minister dressed as a psychotic killer. Jack Holsinger, 61, who dressed as Dracula for his nuptials, was driven to the alter at the Rockin'-R-Ranch in Columbia Station in a hearse and carried to his spot in a coffin, where he was met by his vampire bride Connie Spitznagel, 44, The Chronicle-Telegram of Elyria, Ohio, reported Monday. Holsinger's son, also named Jack, served as best man while dressed as Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean series. Minister Greg Kopp married the couple in his guise as Jason, the killer from the Friday the 13th horror film franchise. Holsinger said the theme was his bride's idea. This is her first wedding, he said.

A Halloween-themed wedding in Ohio featured the happy couple in vampire garb, a pirate best man and a minister dressed as a psychotic killer. Jack Holsinger, 61, who dressed as Dracula for his nuptials, was driven to the altar at the Rockin'-R-Ranch in Columbia Station in a hearse and carried to his spot in a coffin, where he was met by his vampire bride Connie Spitznagel, 44, The Chronicle-Telegram of Elyria, Ohio, reported Monday. Holsinger's son, also named Jack, served as best man while dressed as Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean series. Minister Greg Kopp married the couple in his guise as Jason, the killer from the Friday the 13th horror film franchise. Holsinger said the theme was his bride's idea. This is her first wedding, he said.

Police in Massachusetts said a would-be robber abandoned his plans when a clerk demanded to see the gun he claimed to be concealing. Investigators said Adam Alsarabi, 22, of Lawrence, Mass., allegedly approached a cashier at White Hen Pantry in Haverhill, Mass., at about 12:42 a.m.