Oddities News Archive - February 25, 2009


A growing iguana population has officially become a nuisance in the town of Manalapan, Fla, and action must be taken, town officials say.

Police say six California residents have been arrested in a sting operation that offered ski-lift tickets in exchange for drugs. Mono County sheriff's deputies told The Orange County (Calif.) Register Wednesday that the suspects were busted after answering an ad posted on Craigslist.com that offered

Police in New York said an alleged armed robber confessed loudly to his entire neighborhood after police apprehended the wrong man. Investigators said Raymond Gramby, 37, allegedly pulled a knife inside of a deli at about 1:45 a.m.

A Seattle man claims in his suit against transit authorities that a toilet he was inspecting exploded as a result of work being performed on a light rail line. Edmond Okolie said in his King County Superior Court suit that a toilet at an adult care facility exploded in November 2006 while he was inspecting it, knocking him to the ground and covering him in raw sewage, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported Wednesday. The lawsuit claims the toilet explosion was caused by work being performed nearby on Sound Transit light rail line planned to connect Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and downtown Seattle.

Police said a University of Colorado student allegedly attacked the genitals of her ex-boyfriend after the pair broke up 20 times in one year. University of Colorado police officers said Chalie Simon, 19, went to the on-campus apartment of her ex-boyfriend in the early hours Saturday and threw rocks at his window until he invited her inside, the Boulder (Colo.) Daily Camera reported Wednesday. Cmdr.

Officials in Oregon said they are mulling their options to stop a beaver from flooding a body of water that shares his name, Beaverton Creek. Bruce Barbarasch, superintendent of the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District Natural Resources Division, said the beaver's dam in Beaverton's Center Street

An Australian fitness trainer and ex-model said he is sticking to his pledge to gain more than 100 pounds to better understand overweight clients. Paul James, 32, who started the year at 175 pounds, said he has made it to 217 pounds with the aim of reaching 280 pounds, The Sun reported Wednesday. James,

A Florida bus driver said she helped deliver a baby boy after she came across a woman in labor at a gas station. Mary Kilroy, 56, said she was on her way home Monday from driving the Dixie Highway line for Broward County Transit when she noticed the pregnant woman at a Shell station in Tamarac with a man who appeared distressed and was talking into a cell phone, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Wednesday. Kilroy said she approached the man and he explained that his friend, Marie Belizare, 36, was in labor. The bus driver, who worked as an emergency medical technician for seven years in Detroit, guided Belizare through the delivery with the help of a 911 operator. Oh, it was so neat, Kilroy said.

A Wisconsin musician said a Christmas card from a 9-year-old student helped him recover his prized violin that was lost on the way to a gig. Kenny Leiser of Madison said he could remember loading the violin into his vehicle for the performance but it was missing once he arrived, the (Madison) Wisconsin State Journal reported Wednesday. The instrument was recovered from the road by a police officer, who searched the black case for identification but found only the Christmas card from one of Leiser's students, 9-year-old J.

Police said three teenagers were arrested in Birmingham, Ala., less than a day after they allegedly stole a safe full of antique money in Texas Township, Mich. Investigators with the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office in Michigan said an 18-year-old man and two 15-year-old boys allegedly took the safe, which belonged to the parents of one of the 15-year-olds, Thursday and left town in a 1997 Plymouth Voyager van they allegedly stole from a neighbor's house, the Kalamazoo Gazette reported Wednesday. Birmingham police said they were called to a Service First Bank location after a man attempted to obtain change for a $1,000 bill.

Word of the Day
  • A serpent whose bite was fabled to produce intense thirst.
The word 'dipsas' comes from a Greek word meaning 'thirst'.