Oddities News Archive - February 04, 2009

The British government says an upside down Union Jack at a ceremony with the Chinese prime minister was a mistake, not a distress signal. The flags of both countries, small plastic versions, were displayed as a table centerpiece during the signing of an agreement Monday, the BBC reports.

They say there's no such thing as a free lunch but for one day in America there was a free breakfast thanks to a promotion by Denny's restaurants. Denny's, which has its headquarters in Spartanburg, S.C., announced during its Super Bowl commercial Sunday that it would offer a free Grand Slam breakfast to whoever wanted one between 6 a.m.

A convenience store clerk in South Salt Lake, Utah, says he gave authorities $1,200 in cash he found at his workplace in an attempt to do the right thing. Julio Venegas, a Chevron gas station clerk, said after finding the cash in front of his cashier's counter, he quickly decided to hand over the money to authorities to help return it to its rightful owner, the Deseret News in Salt Lake City said Wednesday. I wanted to do the right thing, Venegas said of the cash he found last Thursday.

An Ohio woman is getting back a $24,000 diamond ring she lost at a Kentucky highway rest stop, officials say.

A London hospital worker says he was so determined to get to work this week that he walked 18 miles during a blizzard. Radiographer Peter Cartwright said his 54-mile journey from his home in the county of Kent to Guy's Hospital in London took him eight-and-a-half hours to complete, The Daily Mail said Wednesday. Cartwright said despite taking two trains and receiving two car rides for part of his journey Monday, he was still forced to walk a third of the way to the hospital. The radiographer had not been home since the blizzard, choosing instead to stay at Guy's Hospital rather than face another harrowing commute in the snow. Cartwright, 52, said that his 18-mile walk in the snow was not that terrible. I like walking, I was warm and had food on me, so I was fine, he told The Daily Mail.

Volunteers with a charitable project in Norfolk, Va., say they are tirelessly working to match up 100,000 unsorted shoes donated by a national manufacturer. Volunteer John Wright said he and his wife, Kimberly, are coordinating a Hope Charitable Services project focused on sorting out 50,000 pairs of shoes from a mismatched donation from the Timberland company, The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot said Wednesday. The couple began working on the shoe project in June and to date a total of 7,000 shoes have been matched together.

Officials with the Swedish Pizza Championships said the top prize went to a pie topped with ostrich fillet, mango, chili and fresh coriander. Hassan Saraoe of Kalmar impressed the eight-member jury with his Exotic Ostrich Pizza and won $1,200 and the chance to represent his country at the Europe-wide pizza cooking competition, The Local reported Wednesday. It was a wow experience when I had a taste.

The John F. Kennedy Library in Boston said it plans to display a Library of Congress book thought to have been borrowed and never returned by Kennedy. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum officials said the book, A. Lincoln by Ross F.

Authorities in Colorado said they are searching for a suspect after two 7-Eleven stores were robbed Wednesday by a man bearing a weapon inspired by Star Trek. Colorado Springs police said the man, described as a white and in his 20s, entered the first 7-Eleven store at 1:50 a.m.

A Massachusetts man said he is using technology to combat his family's debt by auctioning his $22,000 credit card debt on eBay. The 29-year-old Milford man wrote on the eBay posting that he and his 26-year-old wife both recently lost their jobs and missed a mortgage payment on their town home, WCVB-TV, Boston, reported Wednesday. The man said he is hoping for 2,500 eBay users to each bid $10 to help reduce the debt.

Word of the Day
  • To befool; deceive; balk; jilt.
  • An illusion; a trick; a cheat.
The word 'begunk' may come from a nasalised variant of Scots begeck ("to deceive, disappoint"), equivalent to be- +‎ geck.