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Oddities News Archive - February 18, 2009

A night of clubbing in Brisbane turned ugly for one young Australian man who lost a chunk of his nose in a fight on the dance floor, police say. Police were looking for a man in his 20s who held the 18-year-old victim down on the floor and bit off a portion of his nose early Saturday at The Met nightclub, the Courier & Mail reported. The fight apparently started when the victim objected to the second man dancing with his friend.

Four generations of a family came together in Lake Wales, Fla., to skydive together even though one member is 94, family members say. Darcy Shepard said in honor of her 18th birthday, family members from four generations took to the skies in parachutes last weekend, CNN reported Wednesday. While at 18 Shepard represented the youngest family member skydiving last Saturday, the teenager said her 94-year-old great-grandmother, Harriet, also took part in the family adventure. If she can do it at 91, then I could, too, she said, referring to the fact her great-grandmother started skydiving three years earlier. Also among the family members were Harriett's 74-year-old son, Dave, and his 45-year-old son, Dallas.

Police in Utah said an auto mechanic discovered about $35,000 worth of marijuana hidden in the gas tank of a vehicle. Investigators said the owner of the car, who is not a suspect, brought the 2009 Nissan Armada, which was formerly a rental vehicle, to Tim Dahle Nissan in Sandy, Utah, to determine why the gas gauge never registered more than half full, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Wednesday. A mechanic at the business opened up the vehicle's gas tank and discovered packages containing more than 35 pounds of marijuana.

Authorities in Stockholm, Sweden, said a package left outside the U.S.

Employees at a British hotel said they were ecstatic to receive a $250 billion tip -- until they discovered the money was Zimbabwean and worthless in Britain. Clare Vidler, duty manager at the Metropole Hotel in Leeds, England, said a group left 25 billion-dollar notes for hotel staff before embarking on their trip back to Zimbabwe, where inflation is 23 million percent, The Sun reported Wednesday. We thought we'd won the jackpot and imagined how we'd spend it.

Staff at a London airport said police were called but no arrests were made after a Swiss International Airlines pilot exposed himself to security workers. A source with the London City Airport said the pilot became angry while going through procedures at the hub's downstairs security gate, which isn't accessible by the public, The Sun reported Wednesday. The pilot was asked to take off his shoes and belt like everyone -- but completely lost the plot, the source said.

Caretakers at a Florida park say they are unsure whether a resident female alligator is excited or threatened by the presence of a garbage truck. Sarasota Jungle Gardens keepers said Attitude, a 25-year-old American alligator, lets out a loud bellow whenever she hears a city garbage truck making its twice-weekly pickup at the park but caretakers are unsure whether Attitude is sounding a mating call or warning the truck to keep away as a potential rival, The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune reported Wednesday. It's one or the other, said Chris Costanzo, marketing director of the park.

An Indiana woman who has been single for 12 years after 23 marriages said she hasn't ruled out getting married again. Linda Lou Taylor, 68, who holds a Guinness World Record as the most married woman in history, said two of her husbands turned out to be gay, two ended up homeless, a few cheated on her, one choked her and another padlocked the refrigerator shut, Gannett News Service reported Wednesday. It's easy to sum up, Taylor said of her oft-married life.

Police said a 3-year-old boy who wandered away from his mother at a New York McDonald's wound up riding the subway alone for about half an hour. Investigators said Christian Marquez, 3, wandered away from his mother, Marlene Marquez-Torres, shortly before 2 p.m.

The director of a VA hospital in Indiana has offended some veterans by removing a framed newspaper with the headline Japs Surrender. The framed front page of the Indianapolis Times had been hanging at the Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center for more than 60 years.

Word of the Day
penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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