Oddities News Archive - February 03, 2009

A Marks Tey, England, grocer said he was stung on the finger by a scorpion that stowed away in a box of bananas he purchased in London. Daniel Amey, 30, said he bought the box of bananas from Spitalfields Market in London for his grocery store, The Food Co., The Daily Telegraph reported Monday. I put my hand in the box and thought I had cut it but by the time I was carrying the bananas, my finger had swollen up to twice its size and it felt like it was burning, Amey said.

A 2-year-old dog in the Canadian border city of Windsor, Ontario, spent four days leading rescuers on an international search before being recaptured. The husky-shepherd mix named Zeus escaped Thursday night from the yard of a family that had just been given the dog by Sylvia and Todd Thibert, who felt they couldn't afford to keep him, the Windsor Star reported Tuesday. Windsor and Detroit police and the U.S.

An Atlanta cab driver says honesty mandated he return a Rolex watch, and diamond rings and earrings left in the bag of a traveler from Naples, Fla. It wasn't mine, said Walter Fernandez, who found the expensive contents in a bag belonging to Miki Cooper after he delivered her and her pet Shih Tzu, Tatiana, to The Ritz-Carlton, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday. Cooper's black bag contained the Rolex, an iPod, three diamond rings and a pair of one-carat diamond stud earrings, said Cooper, who frantically called all area cab companies Saturday searching for a driver named Walter. Meantime, Fernandez, 64, a native of Uruguay, had called the Ritz about the bag and was able to meet up with Cooper, who hugged him, kissed him and gave him $200 as a reward. She was contentissima, Fernandez said.

A North Carolina bank has adopted a new policy of asking patrons to remove hats, hoods and sunglasses while inside the bank and its branches, officials said. Matthew Converse, president and chief executive officer of the Bank of Currituck in Moyock, said bank visitors will be asked to take off the face-obscuring items as a means of deterring robbery, the (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot reported Tuesday. A ball cap pulled down low or sunglasses obviously hides some features, Converse said.

A student who was banned from attending classes at a Netherlands university due to his foot odor has won the right to return after a decade-long legal fight. A judge ruled to allow Teunis Tenbrook, who was banned from attending classes at Erasmus University in Rotterdam after administrators said his

A Swedish police disciplinary committee has docked an inspector's wages for five days after she left her gun in a courthouse bathroom used by the public. The committee said the Kalmar inspector left her gun in the lavatory at the city's district court July 1, The Local reported Tuesday. The gun was

Authorities in Italy said an elderly man was locked inside a bank basement for three days after he became lost in the building. Paolo Lugo, 82, mistakenly walked down the wrong flight of stairs after cashing a check Friday, leading him to a portion of the Udine facility that was unfamiliar to him, ANSA reported Tuesday. Lugo was locked inside the bank when it closed for the weekend and eventually took a seat beside the basement boiler to await rescue.

A New Delhi high court judge has dismissed an obscenity charge against a married couple in India who kissed in public, observers say. Wondering how police could have brought charges against an expression of love by a young married couple, Judge S.

A British homeowner said a terracotta vase that sat in an outside garden for 20 years was found to be a 3,000-year-old ancient Egyptian artifact. The owner, who asked not to be named, said experts determined the 13-inch-tall vase was designed to hold a liver for use in the afterlife, with the face of Egyptian god Imseti adorning the lid to watch over the organ, The Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday. It came from an uncle who was a bit of a collector and when he died about 20 years ago it came to us, the owner said to the newspaper.

The Florida Highway Patrol said a motorist called 911 to report a state trooper who was arresting him for failing to cooperate during a traffic stop. Troopers said Kevin Allen, 36, of Casselberry, Fla., refused to show his license to a patrol officer after he was pulled over for speeding on Interstate 4, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported Tuesday. Investigators said the trooper warned Allen that refusing to show his license was grounds for arrest and the motorist refused to leave his car, even after the trooper grabbed his arm to arrest him. The trooper used pepper spray on Allen as the motorist dialed 911 and claimed he was being assaulted by an officer.

Word of the Day
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.