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Oddities News Archive - February 10, 2009

A curator at Florida's Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens said a wild North American river otter somehow found its way into the zoo's otter exhibit. Craig Miller, curator of mammals at the zoo, said only one otter was left in the exhibit when the attraction closed Sunday night but keepers arrived Monday morning to find the otter had been joined by a wild cousin from outside, the (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union reported Tuesday. Miller said the incident was a first for the zoo. We get birds or squirrels coming in, of course, he said.

Authorities in Ohio said an 18-year-old has been arrested for allegedly charging more than $37,000 in online candy purchases to a high school. Jad Holmes, 18, is due to appear in Middletown Municipal Court Wednesday to face two fifth-degree felony counts of telecommunications fraud after he allegedly

A man who snapped a picture of a mysterious black object flying over Kansas said his picture is causing a stir among UFO enthusiasts. The photographer, who asked to remain anonymous, said he took the picture Friday morning near Rose Hill, Kan., and the photo appeared Monday on the Canadian Web site UFO Digest, the Wichita (Kan.) Eagle reported Tuesday. The object came out of the clouds really fast.

Two Las Vegas casinos have filed a lawsuit against the estate of a deceased Colorado man who allegedly died with $715,000 in unpaid gambling debts. Lawyers for Caesars Palace and the Hard Rock Hotel said in the lawsuit, which was filed Friday, that Ryan Clark, 52, attempted to pay $565,000 in gambling markers at Caesars Palace with bad checks only a handful of days before his Sept.

Police said a veterinary team at a Rossford, Ohio, pet store treated an injured deer that crept into the building through the back of the store. Rossford Police Department Sgt.

A Minnesota woman said she has dropped a lawsuit against her ex-husband that alleged another woman was using voodoo to break up their marriage. Mary Nabila Muma, a St. Paul resident who immigrated with her ex-husband, Marcellus Muma, from Cameroon, wrote a letter to U.S.

Police in South Carolina said a pair of 10-year-olds allegedly tried to trade marijuana for money, bubble gum and pies. Burnettown police said fourth-grade classmates of the two children at Jefferson Elementary School told teachers Thursday that the boys were attempting to sell marijuana to other children, the Aiken (S.C.) Standard reported Tuesday. Police Chief David Smith said the school's principal seized more than three grams of the drug from the two boys.

A British woman said her vacation to Costa Rica involved a detour 1,300 miles from her destination when her travel agent mistakenly sent her to Puerto Rico. Samantha Lazzaris, 33, said she thought she was in San Jose, Costa Rica, when her plane landed but soon discovered that the Thomas Cook travel agency had gotten the airport codes for her tickets confused and she had ended up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, The Daily Mail reported Tuesday. I looked around the airport, saw posters of Puerto Rico everywhere, and thought: 'What am I going to do? Where is Puerto Rico? Where am I?' Lazzaris said.

A British couple who chose a cowboy theme to renew their vows said police confronted them after receiving reports of someone carrying a gun. Roy and Val Worthington said they were walking from the church in Castle Donington, England, to a pub with a group of about 80 revelers dressed as cowboys, Indians, saloon girls and other Wild West characters after renewing their vows to celebrate their 25th year of marriage, The Daily Mail reported Tuesday. The Worthingtons, both 47, said the group found themselves surrounded by armed police outside of the bar. An officer approached me and said they had had a report of someone walking around with a gun, Val Worthington said.

A Blean, England, bar owner said he put up signs pleading for new business after his customer base dwindled to two regulars. Tim Gibson, 43, said deals on food and leaflets shoved into mailboxes failed to yield an increase in patronage at his Royal Oak pub, so he resorted to humorous signs posted in front of the business, The Sun reported Tuesday. Wanted.

Word of the Day
saggar
  • A ceramic container used inside a fuel-fired kiln to protect pots from the flame.
The word 'saggar' may come from 'safeguard'.
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