Oddities News Archive - February 22, 2009

A grainy photograph of a 100-foot snake in a river in Borneo may be as real as similar shots of Big Foot or the Loch Ness monster, a computer expert says. The photo ran Thursday in The Telegraph, a London newspaper that did not claim it is authentic.

A New York group that bought a 50-year-old ferry in 2007 for $500,000 has put the boat up for auction on eBay, where it is likely to sell for much less. By early Sunday, the top bid for The Islander, which plied the waters of Vineyard Sound in Massachusetts for decades, was $24,100.

A bartender at a high-end New York watering hole is giving a nod to Sunday night's Academy Awards with a $1,000 cocktail. Hudson Library Bar bartender Marcelo Venegas said the Illy Issimo Academy Gold Cocktail being offered at an Oscars party at the bar features rum, Illy Issimo Latte Macchiato, lime juice and syrup, the New York Daily News reported. There also is strawberry puree on its rim and it comes with a small gold-colored chocolate statue. But what makes the beverage a truly costly treat is the digestible gold in its chilled martini glass. Despite the unique ingredient, those who spoke with the Daily News felt $1,000 was a bit too much for a single drink. Not unless it included two weeks' paid vacation, supermarket worker Stephen Lucas said of the Gold Cocktail.

Competitors in the Pacific Northwest Regional Yo-Yo Championships in Seattle say their skills vary from awful to comparable to those of superheroes. University of San Francisco finance student Joseph Harris, who took part in this weekend's Seattle Center event, said he has yo-yo skills that make me

A Pennsylvania man called 911 to inform authorities he was too drunk to drive and was pulling his car over as a precaution, state police allege. An unidentified state police trooper said in a report that John Wilson, 26, of Knox, was arrested in the parking lot of a gas station in Sligo at 12:45 a.m.

Manhattan is seeing an increase in the number of people who fail to scoop their dogs' poop, New York's sanitation department says. It's a minefield over here, said Max Moyet, 34, a dog walker who lives on Central Park West.

Babe Churchill says she and her sister, Sandi Stratton, vowed to make Sunday night's Academy Awards their 40th time at the Los Angeles event. Churchill said while her sister initially rejected her request to attend the 1970 Academy Awards, she eventually wore Stratton down and ever since they've been showing up to see who wins the Oscars, CNN reported. Sandi didn't want to come, and now I can't get her to quit, Churchill said. Stratton agreed that despite her initial reluctance, the Oscars have since become an enjoyable tradition for them. It's a tradition, she told CNN.

A woman in Florida says she's offering her parrot to end a dispute between two other women fighting over the ownership of another parrot. Leah Dellapelle, 28, said she loves Travis, her African gray parrot, but she can't afford his $100-a-month diet, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Sunday. Dellapelle says Travis may be the answer to a lawsuit filed Friday by Angela Colicheski, 52, against Sarita Lytell, 47, both of Boca Raton. I'm looking for someone who can afford birds, Dellapelle said. Colicheski contends Lytell has her parrot, Tequila, who flew away about three years ago.

About 9,000 men clad only in loincloths joined in a free-for-all at a Buddhist temple in Japan Sunday, trying to secure two pieces of sacred wood. The event at Saidaiji Temple in Okayama was part of the 500th anniversary of Saidaiji Eyo, described as one of Japan's three oddest festivals, Kyodo reported. Whoever got out with the two chunks of wood, if not his fundoshi or white loincloth, was to be proclaimed by the temple's monks as the man of fortune for the year. The ceremony began about 10 p.m.

Word of the Day
  • The parings of haberdine; also, any kind of fragments.
The word 'gubbings' is a variant of the word 'gobbon', meaning 'a portion, gobbet.'