Oddities News Archive - February 12, 2009


The sale of condoms in the United States has actually increased as the country has been mired in an economic downturn, The Nielsen Co says.

Nearly half of a home in Deerfield, Ill., is in violation of various regulations and needs to be removed from property in the flood plain, a lawsuit alleges. Officials in the suburban Chicago village allege in a lawsuit filed in late 2008 against the home's owners, Mark and Denise Richmond, that nearly 50 percent of the couple's home is extending into a flood plain, the Chicago Tribune said Thursday. Village officials are calling for the immediate removal of the portion of the seven-bedroom, 20,000-square-foot home that allegedly is violating building, flood plain and zoning regulations. How that portion of the home would be removed is a matter still up for debate. There can't be a house there, attorney Peter Coblentz, who is representing Deerfield, said.

A 72-year-old woman says she is looking forward to marrying an 80-year-old man in Las Vegas on Valentine's Day despite their senior status. Maxine Hollander said while she and Gene Adler have a combined age of 152 years that does not mean they are an average elderly couple, the Las Vegas Sun said Thursday. We're just two crazy people, not your average couple, said Hollander, who is set to wed Adler on Saturday.

Authorities in Florida said they are searching for a foot cream thief who brandished a pen knife and threatened to cut a Wal-Mart guard who tried to stop him. The Broward Sheriff's Office said Thursday that the man entered the Pompano Beach store at 10:10 a.m. Jan.

A North Dakota animal control officer said calls about dogs are commonplace, but a report of a dog on the roof of a house was a first for him. Dick Schnell, an animal control officer with the Minot Police Department, said he responded to a call Tuesday about a dog that had apparently scaled the snow

A 13-year-old Russian girl who was scolded for writing a letter asking the president for a guinea pig has received an apology and two pets, her parents said. The parents of Anastasia Ivliyeva said the Kalitvensky girl wrote an e-mail to President Dmitry Medvedev's official Web site asking him for a female guinea pig to serve as a companion to the male guinea pig her parents had recently bought for her, The Times of London reported Thursday. However, weeks after she wrote the e-mail, the teenager was summoned to the office of her school headmistress, Galina Boldireva, who ordered Ivliyena to apologize to a local government inspector for wasting government time and publicly withdraw her pet request. The girl's parents said Boldireva also called Ivliyena's father and criticized her academic performance and his parenting for allowing his daughter to contact the president with a trivial matter. She was insulting my husband, saying that we were not paying enough attention to what she was doi

Police in Florida said they have captured a man suspected of being Zorro the Bandit, a serial robber who wore a Zorro-style dark fedora during his crimes. Tampa police said an anonymous tipster identified the bandit, who was wanted in connection with eight recent holdups at area businesses, as George Shaw, 50, the St.

Houston residents living near a church's recently erected 170-foot tall cross have mixed opinions about the gargantuan Christian symbol. Officials with the Sagemont Church said they had originally planned a 190-foot cross in 2007, but the final product wound up 20 feet shorter after the church discussed the plan with the city and the Federal Aviation Administration to obtain permits, KPRC-TV, Houston, reported Thursday. However, the slightly smaller cross still yielded complaints about its size from neighbors who said the cross is clearly visible from their windows and backyards. It's way too big.

Police in Massachusetts said a man who asked officers for help removing handcuffs wound up in another pair when officers discovered warrants for his arrest. Barnstable police said Allahmanamjad Barbel, 21, arrived at the police station at 2 p.m.

An official with India's oldest and largest Hindu nationalist movement said a new soft drink made from cow urine could hit store shelves by the end of the year. Om Prakash, head of the Cow Protection Department of the Hindu nationalist group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, said gau jal, or cow water, is in the final stages of laboratory testing and would be made available to the public very soon, maybe by the end of this year, The Times of London reported. Don't worry, it won't smell like urine and will be tasty too, Prakash said from his headquarters in Hardwar. He said the unique selling point of the drink will be that it's going to be very healthy.

Word of the Day
  • An uxorious, effeminate, or spiritless man.
  • A timorous, cowardly fellow.
Probably a blend of meek and cock, or from meek +‎ -ock (“diminutive suffix”).