Oddities News Archive - February 01, 2009

Individuals who walk slowly on New York sidewalks have topped a survey of the most annoying New York resident types, two Web site operators say. The unidentified operators of the Web site, People Who Deserve, said slow and oblivious sidewalk travelers were worthy of being punched in the face, the New York Post said Sunday. You clog our sidewalks and subway platforms.

An 18-year-old Boy Scout member in Lincoln Park, Mich., says he has earned all of the youth organization's 121 honorary badges. Andrew Schigelone said when he joined the youth group, he decided he would work as hard as he could at Boy Scout activities to make the most out of the experience, The Detroit Free Press reported Sunday. Six years later, that personal drive has resulted in Schigelone possessing every possible Boy Scout badge. I wanted to do it because I wanted to prove it to myself, the teenager said.

Police in Tampa, Fla., say they have arrested four men who allegedly touched or harassed police horses during area patrols. Tampa Police Lt.

Police in New York say four wannabe Good Samaritans mistakenly bloodied a cab driver after they thought they were witnessing a robbery. The men jumped the driver after they saw him grab a purse from a woman, The New York Post reported Sunday.

The University of Cincinnati says its week of Sexploration aims to teach students about safer sex with events such as Pizza and Porn. Students have been asking for more information about this.

A Washington marketing executive says he's organizing a campaign to put a Labradoodle in the White House. Labradoodles for Obama aims to make one of the half-Labrador retriever and half-standard poodles First Dog while raising money for the Washington Humane Society, said Greg Nelson, who owns a Labradoodle

Young thieves who stole a Milwaukee family's car took pictures of themselves during the crime and left the camera in the car, officials say. The disposable camera was still in the car after police found the vehicle with a 15-year-old boy driving it.

California researchers say they have broken a key barrier in the realm of small writing, engraving letters that are sub-atomic in size.

An Encinitas, Calif., protester says he's not coming down from a tree until it's spared from city plans to cut it down. Andrew Watkins climbed into a platform he had built in the tipuana tipu tree in Encinitas' Orpheus Park Friday, telling the San Diego Union-Tribune he'll stay up there until the mayor tell him the shade tree won't be coming down as part of an agreement with the neighboring Coast Point condominium complex. City workers removed 10 other trees and began planting 22 replacements along the park perimeter, keeping a verbal agreement made with condo owners to preserve their views when the park was built in the early 1990s.

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.