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Oddities News Archive - February 08, 2009

A 1937 Bugatti that sat in an English doctor's garage for almost half a century without being driven has sold at auction in Paris for almost $4.5 million.

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A 72-year-old English milkman who claimed he provided marijuana for customers who needed it to ease their pain has received a suspended sentence.

A 66-year-old man is facing charges for calling 911 to complain that a Florida fast-food restaurant was out of lemonade, police say. Boynton Beach police charged Jean Fortune with misusing emergency services for his alleged phone call Saturday in which he complained about that lack of his preferred beverage at a local Burger King, The Palm Beach Post reported Sunday. An arrest report alleges Fortune became upset upon learning the fast-food restaurant was out of lemonade. After a drive-through employee failed to respond to Fortune's threat of contacting the police, the upset diner called 911, the report alleges. The Post said once a responding police officer heard both sides in the dispute, Fortune was issued a notice for a court appearance.

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Ten men, one as old as 58, spent their weekend wrestling big alligators in Florida, organizers of the first major gator wrestling contest in decades said.

A British retiree who drove to his last day on the job Friday in the same '36 Ford he drove on his first day 48 years ago says it was almost like it was fate. Graham Rudd, who turns 65 Monday, retired from the William Clowes Ltd.

Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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