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Oddities News Archive - February 13, 2009

A New York surgeon suing his estranged wife for the kidney he donated to her admits it was he who turned his divorce case into a media circus, his lawyer said. The case got even more complex Wednesday when Richard Batista's lawyer held a news conference to talk about Batista's former fiancee, Newsday reported.

Officials said an Illinois sludge recycling factory will be non-operational for about 10 months while new filters are installed to weed out human hair. Jai Gupta, the North Shore Sanitary District's director of engineering services, said the $50 million sludge recycling facility in Zion, Ill., is non-operational because sludge filters at the district's three sewage treatment plants are allowing human hair to pass through and jam the recycling equipment, which is designed to convert the sludge into a glass-like aggregate, The Waukegan (Ill.) News-Sun reported Friday. The problem is hair from the shower water of the district's residential customers which enter our waste water system, Gupta said. He said the North Shore Sanitary District's board of trustees chose Waukegan engineering firm Camosy Inc.

The husband of an Illinois teacher with severe asthma told the school board that not allowing his wife to wear a respiratory mask at work violates the law. Roger McReynolds said his wife, Patricia McReynolds, 53, does not need to wear the mask in her classroom at A.O.

Authorities in Utah said a woman's fingernails, certified as the world's longest by Guinness World Records, were broken in a four-car pileup. Salt Lake County sheriff's spokesman Don Hutson said Lee Redmond, who has been growing her fingernails without trimming since 1979, was a passenger in one of the cars and one of three people treated at a hospital for minor injuries after the crash, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Friday. Hutson said Redmond's record-setting nails were broken during the incident. Guinnessworldrecords.com states that Redmond's nails were measured at a total of 28 feet and 4.5 inches on Feb.

A 100-year-old British woman praised a postal carrier for braving blizzards and dangerous roads to deliver a birthday card from Queen Elizabeth II. Francese Knowles said she was thrilled when letter carrier John Harris, 63, arrived at the Castle Grove nursing home in Bampton, England, with a birthday card from the queen, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday. It was splendid.

Utah legislators are considering a change to the state law governing emotional support animals that accompany their owners to businesses and schools. State Sen.

Police in England said they are not seeking any criminal prosecutions in the case of a baby born to a 15-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy. A Sussex Police spokeswoman said investigators determined it was not in anyone's interests to seek a prosecution in the case of Alfie Patten, 13, who impregnated his girlfriend, Chantelle Steadman, 15, when he was 12 and she was 14, The Sun reported Friday. The baby, Maisie Roxanne, weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces when she was born Monday at the Eastbourne District General Hospital. Sussex Police Child Protection Team were aware of a 14-year-old girl that had become pregnant as the result of a relationship with a 12-year-old boy, the police force said in a statement.

Danish toy giant Lego has designed a cell phone that allows users to change its colors with the company's signature interlocking blocks, leaked photos indicate. Photos of the prototype appearing on Web site boygeniusreport.com revealed the casing of the phone is made from colorful Lego blocks that can

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A Wingerworth, England, man has been sentenced to 20 weeks in prison after he repeatedly whistled the theme to The Addams Family TV show at his neighbors.