Oddities News Archive - February 21, 2009

Max Fabian, 99, says he still drives 90 miles per day back and forth from his job at a Chicago-area wire company because he just needs to keep busy. A plant watchman and jack-of-all-trades at A-Z Industries Inc., of Northbrook, Ill., Fabian commutes to the job in his Buick LeSabre every day from his home in Niles, Ill., despite getting ready to celebrate his 100th birthday next month, The Chicago Tribune reported Saturday. A bachelor, Fabian says he just needs to keep busy at his age and is mainly motivated because of his loyalty to A-Z Industries' owners, the Anixter family.

Thailand has joined the ranks of New York, Singapore and Havana with its own signature cocktail, the Siam Sunray, tourism officials say. While the classic New York Manhattan starts with bourbon, the Singapore Sling with gin and cherry brandy, and the Mojito with white rum, the Tourism Authority of Thailand says the Siam Sunray uses vodka.

Los Angeles resident Jesus Hernandez says his best friend in the world is Chacho, a goose he raised from a gosling. The 60-year-old electrician said during the last two years, he has visited Los Angeles' Hollenbeck Park twice a week to visit his feathered friend, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday. This

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Selecting the shortlist for Britain's strangest book titles was tough this year because of the large number of candidates, a spokesman says. The competition was so intense that Excrement in the Late Middle Ages and All Dogs Have ADHD did not make the cut, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday. The Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year was founded in 1978 by Bruce Robertson, a member of The Diagram Group, a book illustration firm, who had too much time on his hands at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

A bag of Woolworths pick 'n' mix candy from one of the stores that closed in Britain last year sold on eBay for more than $20,000. Ed Adams, manager of the store in Petts Wood in Kent, grabbed the mixture Saturday -- the last day of bidding -- The Daily Mail reported.

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