Oddities News Archive - February 07, 2009

A Englishman says one of the psychics he hired wasn't able to find his missing dog but told him the pooch is trying to find his way back home. Jon Haggerwood, a gardener from Essex county, said while the psychics failed to locate his missing bracco Italian hound, Jacob, one paranormal investigator offered a hint at the dog's intentions, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday. One told us that she had spoken with Jacob, who said he was 'OK and trying to make his way home,' Haggerwood said.

Students looking to join certain groups at Britain's Cambridge University better enjoy consuming strange foods and alcohol, the school's newspaper says. According to Varsity, the student newspaper, students joining certain clubs face initiations involving copious amounts of alcohol and unusual foods

The Beijing Civil Affairs Bureau says the western holiday of Valentine's Day has become a hot date for Chinese couples to get married. The bureau said registration centers throughout Beijing are expecting three times the daily wedding average to take place on the Feb.

A new Muslim doll to be sold by Britain's Asda supermarket chain is intended to teach children the Koran while they play, its creator says. Farzana Rahman, who founded the company behind the Talking Muslim Doll, said he created the dolls to make learning about the Islamic religious text entertaining for children, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday. I wanted to create something fun, the Desi Doll Co.

A 16-year-old inmate who escaped from a holding cell in the Macomb County Courthouse in Michigan Friday was found an hour later hiding in a judge's car. After Macomb County Sheriff's deputies combed the downtown area of Mount Clemens for nearly an hour looking for the youth, he was found in the trunk of the Circuit Judge Peter Maceroni's 2002 Lincoln Continental, The Macomb (Mich.) Daily reported Saturday. The newspaper said a county security officer saw a picture on the ground next to the judge's car and became suspicious.

An opening to be the caretaker of Hamilton Island on Australia's Great Barrier Reef has attracted interest from a fake Osama bin Laden. In a 30-second spoof video on YouTube, the pretend al-Qaida leader explained why he is the best man for the job, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday. In the subtitled video, bin Laden tells of his love of the outdoors and sandy areas, being good at delegating and having experience organizing large-scale events. The newspaper said more than 10,000 people have applied for the job, created by Tourism Queensland as part of a marketing campaign to promote the Whitsunday Islands.

Word of the Day
  • Stoppage; cessation (of labor).
  • A standing still or idling (of mills, factories, etc.).
The word chomage comes into English from French.]