Oddities News Archive - March 11, 2009

A new Internet bank, the Redneck Bank, was created for people with banking needs and a sense of humor, an Oklahoma banking official says. Wade Huckabay, whose family owns three banks in Oklahoma, said his new Bank of the Wichitas service, already has customers in 45 U.S.

Nancy Brown and her husband, Joe, say waving at passers-by in Jacksonville, Fla., has proved rewarding even during the ongoing U.S.

Tattoo artists at the Love Hate Tattoo studio in Miami say they have created a line of infant clothing, complete with fire-breathing dragons and samurais. Artist Chris Garver said the new Ruthless & Toothless fashion line features the tattoo artists' personal designs that can range from aggressive dragons and tigers to doe-eyed cartoonish characters, The Miami Herald reported Tuesday. We're kind of making it baby-ish, Garver said. The clothing line, which includes a $26 onesie and a $41 hoodie, does represent a risky business venture due to the ongoing U.S.

The owner of a currency exchange business in Chicago says he was in possession of a woman's ashes for years after the late woman's homeless husband disappeared. Arnie Berezin, owner of the Ashland-Diversey Currency Exchange, said it was nearly eight years ago when one of his customers, Michael H.

Vancouver's Olympic Village, the Canadian auto industry and a giant inflatable banana were among the winners Wednesday of gold pigs. The Canadian Taxpayers Federation announced the 11th annual Teddies Waste Awards at a ceremony in Ottawa, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

Authorities in New York state said a 20-month-old boy crashed his parents' car while attempting to climb from the back seat of the vehicle to the front. Police said the child's mother, Latoya Clayton, 23, of Coram, left the car running outside of a check cashing business Tuesday with her young son and

A claim by a New York magician that he shipped himself in a crate to Las Vegas is all smoke and mirrors, U.S.

Police in New York state said an off-duty officer pulled over to the side of the road and delivered his son after his wife went into labor. Southampton Town police said in a statement that Peter Jurgensen of Riverhead dialed 911 at about 4:44 a.m.

A Florida lawyer said three men jailed after a bomb scare had created the fake bombs for use in a Mountain Dew online video-making contest. Lawyer Bill Sites said his client, Daniel Terry, and two friends were filming a commercial for an online contest sponsored by Mountain Dew and TV series 24 in a Lakeland, Fla., parking garage when their fake bombs were mistaken for real explosives Monday, WFLA-TV, Tampa, reported Wednesday. It's save the world in 24 seconds.

Ohio-based hobby shop Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts said it has pulled an issue of Quilter's Home magazine that features male and female nudity. The Hudson, Ohio, based chain declined to comment on removing the January/February issue of the magazine from shelves but said the stores will continue to carry future issues, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday. New Jersey-based quilting aficionado Mark Lipinski, who put together the controversial Quilter's Home issue, said the images in the magazine, including nude pictures, a quilt of a gun-toting Jesus and a Viagra-themed quilt, are meant to challenge the idea that all quilters are conservative older women. All the other quilting magazines you see are tea parties, and we're more like a cocktail party, Lipinski said.

Word of the Day
  • Any of various tropical Old World birds of the family Indicatoridae, some species of which lead people or animals to the nests of wild honeybees. The birds eat the wax and larvae that remain after the nest has been destroyed for its honey.
Honeyguide birds have even been known to eat candles.