Oddities News Archive - March 19, 2009

The owner of a New York restaurant says he is offering free meals to victims of the Ponzi scheme masterminded by Bernard Madoff. Nino Selimaj, owner of Italian restaurant Nino's 208, said patrons who can show proof that they were victimized by Madoff, who pleaded guilty to running one of the largest Ponzi schemes on record, are welcome to order anything from his menu free of charge, CNN reported Thursday. Whatever is on the menu is available to victims of Madoff's scandal ...

A woman says three New York police officers helped her deliver a baby boy during Pennsylvania Station's morning rush hour. Marie Boothe said when she went into labor Wednesday morning at the busy New York rail station, thoughts of a traditional hospital birth quickly went out of her head, CNN said. Forget

A California state senator is calling for San Quentin State Prison to be closed and the land auctioned to private developers. State Sen.

A federal jury in Virginia ruled a female dock worker wasn't discriminated against by her union after she was caught urinating outside while working. Sonyo Tillett-Bond, 48, claimed in her discrimination suit against International Longshoremen's Association Local 1458, which merged last year with ILA

The Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine said a statistical miracle occurred when a cow gave birth triplet bull calves. Officials with the college said only about one in every 105,000 cattle births are triplets and they estimated the odds of a cow birthing triplets of a single sex at about one in 700,000, the (Kennewick, Wash.) Tri-City Herald reported Thursday. The officials said cattle triplets only have about a 25 percent chance that they will all be born alive.

A 79-year-old British woman used a bedside lamp to fight off a knife-wielding home intruder, authorities said. Sarah South, 79, said the man fooled her into letting him into her Liverpool, England, home by disguising himself as a workman but she soon discovered his ruse when she caught him ransacking her bedroom, the Liverpool Echo reported Thursday. South said the intruder pulled a knife and attempted to gouge out her eye.

Milwaukee police said a pair of unlucky alleged robbers were targeted by another group of thieves as they fled from a jewelry store. Lt. Thomas Welch said two men, ages 31 and 40, took money and jewelry from the store on the south side of the city at about 10:50 a.m.

A British woman whose daughters tried to have her evicted in the 1990s cut her offspring out of her will, leaving her entire $30,000 to a local hospice. Megan Swanston, who died in December at the age of 85, became embroiled in a family conflict when her three daughters attempted to have her evicted from her Oldham, England, home in 1994, The Daily Mail reported Thursday. The house had been bequeathed to Swanston's daughters by their paternal grandfather when he died in 1973 but Swanston claimed her children had promised to let her live out her days in the home. After a two-year legal battle, the matter was settled out of court with the house sold to a property company with the stipulation that Swanston be allowed to remain the sitting tenant the newspaper said. However, Swanston and her daughters never mended their relationship and it was revealed after her Dec.

A painting based on a 30-year-old sketch of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's wife in the nude is on sale at a gallery for $873,000. The painting of Cherie Blair by artist Euan Uglow, who also drew the original sketch, is currently on display alongside the sketch at the Browse & Darby gallery in London and gallery owner Charles Bradstock said Blair recently dropped by to view the works of art, The Independent reported Thursday. The gallery said the sketch has been sold, but Bradstock said he could not comment on rumors that it had been purchased by the Blairs. It's the policy of the gallery that we keep our buyers' names secret.

Word of the Day
  • A woman chauffeur.
  • A woman who operates an automobile.
The word 'chaffeuse' comes from French, and is the feminine form of 'chauffeur'.