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Oddities News Archive - March 20, 2009

A Swedish psychic allegedly fleeced the ex-wife of a tycoon of millions of kroner, prosecutors said. An arrest warrant has been issued for a Finnish national, a 46-year-old woman who lives in Stockholm, The Local reported Thursday.

A prop from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail prompted a precautionary evacuation of a London pub, police say. Police in London's Islington district said after water company engineers spotted a copy of the film's Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch while lifting a fire hydrant, the surrounding area

Authorities in San Diego said drug suspects threw more than $17,000 out of a vehicle during a police chase on a highway in the evening commute hours. Eileen Zeidler, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, said the chase began at about 5 p.m.

The office manager of a Rhode Island strip club says bosses are hoping the state's unemployment rate will help them draw in new employees. Lori Savickas, office manager of the Foxy Lady strip club in Providence, said the business is holding a job fair Saturday with an aim to hire 25 people for positions as dancers, managers, DJs, bouncers and bartenders, the Providence Journal reported Friday. Savickas said the state's high unemployment rate -- more than 10 percent -- could lead more people to consider jobs in adult entertainment. With the way unemployment is right now, there are a lot of people looking for a job who normally wouldn't come to the Foxy Lady, Savickas said.

A 61-year-old man in Overland Park, Kan., has been charged with bigamy because he allegedly was married to two women living in the same apartment complex. Charles Clemens Jr.

Officials in Santa Fe, N.M., said a time capsule that was supposed to be buried in 1960 instead ended up empty in the back room of a business. The city's 400th Anniversary Committee said their search for the time capsule, which was supposed to be buried as part of the city's 350th anniversary celebrations, discovered that the object had never been buried or even filled with memorabilia, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported Friday. They said a 1964 story by reporter Mark Barley led them to the capsule, a 150-pound steel tube manufactured by Eberline Instruments, sitting empty and unused in a back room of Durr's Office Machines. Former Mayor Leo Murphy told Barley in 1964 that the capsule had fallen off his list of priorities when the costs of the city's 350th anniversary celebration became apparent. Those were days of confusion, days of chaos, he said.

A fossil of a 150-million-year-old dinosaur could sell at a New York auction for up to $500,000, a gallery official says. Josh Chait, the director of operations for the I.M.

The minor league baseball team, the St. Paul Saints, say attendees at an upcoming game will receive dolls based on the Minnesota Senate-recount conflict. The St. Paul, Minn., baseball team said the first 2,500 at the Saints' May 23 home game will receive Count von ReCount dolls based on the U.S.

Police in Milwaukee say they have arrested two teens who were wearing stolen shoes when they were caught by the man from whom they stole the footwear. Milwaukee police said the unidentified 29-year-old man reported having several pairs of shoes, along with some electronics, stolen from his north side

A Houston woman who was photographed in her wedding dress as she was being carted away to jail on a public intoxication charge has filed an official complaint. Jade Puckett, 26, filed a complaint with the Harris County Precinct 8 Constable's office after the photograph of her being taken to jail March 14 -- along with her new husband, Billy Puckett, 26 -- appeared on several news sites, the Houston Chronicle reported Friday. Billy Puckett was charged with driving under the influence.

Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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