Oddities News Archive - March 21, 2009

The U.S. Cheese Championship Contest trophy has returned to Wisconsin after two years of going to other states. The winner, selected Thursday at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, was a Parmesan produced in Antigo, Wis., the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

A couple who sailed the Atlantic on a yacht while claiming government benefits in Britain have been sentenced to jail by a judge in Wales. Shashi Bacheta, 52, and Jeffrey Cole, 59, pleaded guilty Friday in Crown Court in Swansea, The Independent reported. Bacheta acknowledged that, while she claimed to be living in Swansea unable to walk, she was traveling around the Atlantic on Cole's yacht.

Two former workers at a McDonald's in Lombard, Ill., returned to the scene of their employment to rob the fast-food restaurant, police allege. Bobby Dean, 31, and Jardell Woods, 21, have been charged in the early-morning robbery of the suburban Chicago McDonald's, the Chicago Tribune reported Saturday. Police allege the two men, who worked as clerks at the eatery, surprised a female manager Dec.

Police in a Welsh city were looking for the owner of a long-closed Indian restaurant after receiving money from a diner who did not pay the tab in 1996. The anonymous letter was sent to a police station in Swansea with three 20-pound notes enclosed (almost $90), Sky News reported Saturday. The total sum for the meal and drink was under 10 pounds, the letter said.


A Spanish man who was born a woman, and is still legally considered a woman in Spain, says he is expecting twins.

Word of the Day
  • A hairdresser.
The word 'friseur' comes from French friseur, from friser ("to curl, frizz").