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Oddities News Archive - February 06, 2009

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In the run-up to Valentine's Day, Canada's largest pizza chain claims cheese is a natural aphrodisiac conducive to romance.

Police in South Bend, Ind., said a woman cried and apologized while robbing a restaurant but still left with cash from the register. Investigators said the 31-year-old woman, a South Bend resident whose name wasn't released, allegedly robbed a 7-Eleven convenience store just prior to 8 p.m.

The two proprietors of a Web site at Chicago's Marina City towers have been fined for claiming to be the official source for the condo complex's news. Michael Michalak, a real estate broker inside the towers and the sole advertiser for the Marina City Online Web site, and Steven Dahlman, a former radio reporter and the site's author, were each fined $1,000 by the condo board for promoting the site as the official news of the towers, the Chicago Tribune reported Friday. Members of the board, which is a frequent target of the site, have also banned the men from posting video of their monthly meetings to the Web site.

Officials with Oklahoma's G.W.

The British Ministry of Defense has begun sending troops on the front lines in Afghanistan new ration packs that include Oreos and chicken tikka masala. The ministry said the multi-climate ration packs, the first updates to Britain's military cuisine since the Cold War era, each contain 4,000 calories, the amount officials determined is needed by a war zone soldier for a single day, The Guardian reported Friday. The new main courses replacing corned beef hash in the ration packs include chicken tikka masala, chili con carne, yellow chicken curry, chicken arrabiata and beef and cassava, each with a side of Oreo cookies. The modern soldier's taste is different, far more international.

The Malaysian High Court cleared a set of identical twins of drug trafficking charges Friday due to difficulties telling the two apart. Justice Zaharah Ibrahim said authorities have no doubt that R. Sathis Raj, 27, or his twin brother, R.

A British woman said she didn't know her husband was planning to divorce her until he posted his intentions on the Facebook social networking Web site. Emma Brady, 35, said she had no idea about the intentions of her husband of six years until a friend logged into Facebook and saw the message, Neil Brady has ended his marriage to Emma Brady, The Mirror reported Friday. We were like any other couple.

Nevada state Sen. Bob Coffin says his state should make brothels legal statewide and tax them to help wipe out a $2 billion budget shortfall. Nevada is the only U.S. state with legalized prostitution, but brothels are only allowed in rural counties and pay county taxes only.

A British fisherman has admitted to writing his own obituary in an industry newspaper to avoid prosecution for skirting regulations. Derek Atkins, 55, pleaded guilty in Portsmouth Crown Court to perverting the course of justice by faking his death with the obituary and a letter to prosecutors that he claimed was from his common-law wife claiming that he had recently died of a heart attack, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday. Atkins also admitted to charges including failing to submit proper landing log book declarations, failure to notify a landing of scallops, 10 counts of fraud and obtaining property by deception.

Word of the Day
malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'