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Oddities News Archive - March 12, 2009

Fans of Japan's Hanshin Tigers hope the curse of Col.

Police in China's southwestern Chongqing region said they are distributing free chili peppers to motorists to keep them awake behind the wheel. The police said they have gone through about 3 pounds of chili peppers since they began distributing them at service stations March 3, The Times of London reported Thursday. It's an unbelievable quantity, a police officer said. Motorists said the hot peppers have been helpful in helping them stay alert on the roads. It's really good to have some hot peppers when you are tired from driving.

Authorities in Rochdale, England, said a couple's television and stereo system were seized after numerous noise complaints went unheeded. Council officials and police raided the home of Paul and Amanda Cregan and seized the couple's $3,449 TV and $620 music system, The Daily Telegraph reported Thursday. The

A member of the Pittsburgh City Council said legislation could soon be passed that would ban all sofas, love seats and mattresses from non-enclosed porches. Councilman Bruce Kraus said the proposal is a precaution to prevent the furniture from being used in celebratory fires, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said Thursday. Rome is burning, and we just wasted a week, Kraus said Wednesday showing council members fiery celebrations in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood.

A Miami court has tossed a theft conviction for a teenager who was accused of stealing handcuffs from a police officer during an attempted arrest. The 15-year-old, who was identified as J.B.

A woman who scored a hole-in-one at a St. Petersburg, Fla., golf course said the shot was her very first attempt at the sport after two months of lessons. Unni Haskell, 62, a Norway native who moved to Florida from Connecticut last year, said she scored a hole-in-one Feb.

At least one attendee of a naming contest at the San Francisco Zoo says she now has a better understanding of the law of the jungle in regard to gorillas. Abby Lentzner, 6, said watching a dog gorilla named Oscar Jonesy pick from among five colored cantaloupes as part of the naming contest revealed the greed and primal drive of the wild kingdom, the San Francisco Chronicle said Thursday. Wednesday's contest at the San Francisco Zoo was intended to choose a new name for the zoo's newest primal resident, a 3-month-old baby gorilla. To choose a name, zoo officials narrowed 5,000 suggestions down to five finalists that were represented as colored cantaloupes for Oscar Jonesy to choose between. Lentzner was one of three children from Audubon Elementary School in Foster City, Calif., who were hoping Oscar Jonesy chose yellow, otherwise known as the name Ajani. But Lentzer said the big gorilla chose green, representing the name Hasani, before claiming four of the cantaloupes as his own. I lea

A growing number of videos on Web sites including YouTube and MySpace feature young people pulling pranks in stores including Florida supermarket chain Publix. Video sharing Web site YouTube contains videos of teenage pranksters playing tricks at retail outlets including Lakeland-based Publix, Tampa, Fla., based Sweetbay, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Kmart and McDonald's, the Tampa Tribune reported Thursday. Among the shenanigans chronicled on YouTube are videos of pranksters running through Publix dressed as chickens, gingerbread men and giant bananas.

A 17-year-old Indiana girl is seeking a federal court injunction to force her school to allow her to wear a tuxedo to her senior prom. The Lebanon High School senior's attorney from the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana said in court filings that the girl, a lesbian, does not wear dresses because she feels they indicate a sexual identity that is not her own, the Indianapolis Star reported Thursday. The girl, who was not identified by name in the lawsuit, is asking a federal court to force the school to allow her to wear the same attire as male students, said ACLU of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk. From a First Amendment standpoint, wearing a tuxedo makes an affirmative statement about her own sexuality, Falk said in a filing.

Authorities in North Dakota said a man called the Ward County Sheriff's Office to report a moose on his roof. Ward Nostdahl told a Sheriff's Office dispatcher that he spotted the moose near his Minot home at about 12:30 p.m.

Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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