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Oddities News Archive - February 11, 2009

A tree in a coastal community in California has been felled despite efforts to save it that included a tree-sitting protester and petitions. The Tipuana tipu tree in Orpheus Park in Encinitas was cut down because it cut off ocean views for residents of a condominium, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. Kira Bulat, an eighth-grader, slept in the tree for most of Friday night after protester Andrew Watkins gave up his week-long tree-sit. I'm really bummed, she told the newspaper after she learned the tree had been cut down Monday morning.

A man is facing federal charges for repeatedly tossing strange packages into the Chinese consulate in San Francisco, authorities say. Aaron Bassler allegedly threw packages onto the consulate property on Jan. 16, Jan. 20, Jan. 30 and Feb. 6, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday.

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Do you like soft drinks? Are you a very brave person? Then India's Hindu nationalist movement has the beverage for you: a brand new soft drink brewed from cow urine. Yes, cow urine.

Two Florida state senators say the decision to hire a call-center in Missouri to help promote Florida tourism was unacceptable. State Sen.

Swedish police said they broke down the door of a hostel after hearing what seemed to be a woman's screams, only to discover an opera singer was practicing. Police in Umea said they became suspicious after a man who appeared to be loitering outside of the Gamla Fangelset hostel late Friday eventually

Officers with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said a man was charged with unlawful dumping after three water vehicles were found buried in his yard. Cpl. Eric Sanders, a law enforcement officer with the department, said he visited the home of Grady Standridge, 52, in Dacula Feb.

A Massachusetts car wash employee said a customer came to her rescue when her scarf became tangled in machinery and started strangling her. Stephanie Carpluk, 19, said her scarf got caught on a spinning scrubber brush while she was working alone Sunday at the Golden Nozzle car wash in Easthampton, Mass., WCVB-TV, Boston, reported Wednesday. Carpluk lost consciousness as the scarf tightened around her neck and car wash customer John O'Leary jumped from his vehicle inside the wash and cut through the scarf with a pocket knife.

A Decatur, Ga., pub said its very first pint of beer sold for $2,650 on eBay, with proceeds benefiting employees of two businesses that recently burned down. Leon's Full Service said the pricey pint was auctioned off as part of the pub's grand opening this week and the profits went toward helping workers at the recently fire-destroyed Trackside Tavern and 5th Earl Market, WSB-TV, Atlanta, reported Wednesday. The winning bidder, Marc Brennan, said he passed the honor of ordering the beer and enjoying the first sip to his business partner, Marshall Davis.

A Portland, Ore., man said he discovered nearly $200,000 in decades-old U.S.

Authorities said a man who allegedly robbed a Florida gas station was arrested after his getaway vehicle ran out of fuel. The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office said David Eric Hampton, 23, allegedly used a 12-inch Bowie knife to threaten a clerk at the BP Station in Cape Haze and fled after taking money from the business, the Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune reported Wednesday. The customer who dialed 911 described the suspect's white Mercury Cougar and investigators later found the car abandoned and out of gas.