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Oddities News Archive - February 26, 2009

No one has been able to identify the origins of a 6-pound chunk of metal that fell from the sky and slammed through a Dallas home's roof, authorities say. Dallas police spokesman, Senior Cpl.

The German company credited with the invention of the automobile said President Barack Obama erred when he gave credit to the United States. Obama said during his Tuesday speech before a joint session ofd Congress that he believes the nation that invented the automobile cannot walk away from it, USA Today reported Thursday. However, history books and the U.S.

The stepson of a Denver man who was hit by a car while helping two elderly women cross a large street said police ticketed his stepdad for jaywalking. Ken McDonald, stepson of Jim Moffett, 58, said his stepfather was driving a bus Friday night when he dropped off two elderly women who tried to cross Federal Boulevard to reach their trailer home, the Rocky Mountain News reported Thursday. With that light snowstorm, my stepdad didn't think they could cross the street safely, McDonald said.

Authorities in Rome said a law to take effect in March bans ice cream, pizza and sandwich vendors from operating after 1 a.m. Officials said the city council measure was designed to bring the city's nightlife to a close at an earlier hour, ANSA reported Thursday. This applies to croissant makers, ice

A 49-year-old man is facing a charge of impersonating an officer of the law for boarding a Miami airport flight using a fake badge, police allege. Police in Miami-Dade County said Mark Rimkufski was able to board a flight after the gate was closed by showing airline employees a "Fisher Island Chief of Police'' badge, The Miami Herald said Thursday. While Rimkufski was able to board the airplane at Miami International Airport Wednesday night, he was kicked off the flight bound for Los Angeles by air marshals on the airplane, the newspaper said. The air marshals removed Rimkufski from the flight after allegedly inspecting his badge and discovering it to be fake.

A New York state judge has ruled against a man who demanded $1.5 million for a kidney he gave his estranged wife before they began divorce proceedings. Dr.

A former deputy with Illinois' McHenry County Sheriff's Office claims in a lawsuit that he was illegally fired because of a panic disorder.

The Jerusalem Rabbinic Court has granted a divorce to the youngest couple to ever apply in Israel, a 14-year-old girl and her 17-year-old husband. A spokeswoman for the Rabbinic Courts Administration said the groom's parents insisted on the divorce after they discovered that he and his young wife had married under Jewish law by exchanging vows in front of two witnesses, giving one another rings and consummating the relationship, The Jerusalem Post reported Thursday. We want young people to learn from this case, the spokeswoman said.

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Officials at California's Santa Monica Pier Aquarium say a curious octopus caused a flood at the facility by working a water-control valve loose.

A British department store has announced its intention to stock a product similar to a girdle but with an unusual marketing twist -- it's designed for men. A spokeswoman for retailer Selfridges said the store plans to begin stocking the core precision undershirt, manufactured by Australian firm Equmen, in March, The Daily Telegraph reported Thursday. The undershirt, which is made of polyester, spandex and nylon, is designed to force the wearer's body into a leaner form and correct posture under normal clothing. It's a very tight-fitting T-shirt, so it's not like we're asking men to wear a bra.

Word of the Day
baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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