Oddities News Archive - March 23, 2009

Files from the British Ministry of Defense say a woman claimed to have encountered a man with a Scandinavian-type accent who flew off in a UFO. The newly released files said the Norwich, England, woman told of being completely terrified when she was approached by the man, Xinhua, China's state-run news agency reported. The woman said that while walking her dog she met the man, who wore clothing that resembled a flying suit.

A Cleveland business owner said a large pile of cash dropped by a money collector was recovered with help from strangers. Evan Brown, owner of B&B Music & Video, said one of his money collectors tripped on the sidewalk outside the business March 11 and cash was blown all over the street by the wind, The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland reported Monday. Brown said $400 was forever gone with the wind but more than that amount -- Brown didn't specify how much money the collector originally had -- was recovered with the help of strangers. First time I ever heard that story from a collector, he said.

An Italian company that makes foul-smelling collectible novelty cards said it is recreating the cards without the odors after a class of children became ill. Skifidol Puz, which translates to Nasty Idol Smell, said it redesigned the collectible character cards after 16 elementary schoolers and their

The official statistics bureau in the Netherlands said one in every 10,000 Dutch citizens is now aged 100 or older. Statistics Netherlands said centenarians in the country numbered only 350 in 1979, but the number grew to a total 1,633 as of Jan.

The official statistics bureau in the Netherlands says one in every 10,000 Dutch citizens is now age 100 or older. Statistics Netherlands said centenarians in the country numbered only 350 in 1979, but the total reached 1,633 as of Jan.

A British woman said her horse has to be covered in clothing while outside due to a highly unusual allergy for the species -- an adverse reaction to grass. Emily Pearce, 24, of Henley-on-Thames, England, said Pandora the mare needs to be covered in a high-tech polyester-based breathable fabric when around grass because a single leaf touching her coat can cause painful boils and troubled breathing for the animal, the Daily Mail reported Monday. She does look silly but it is the only thing that helps her, Pearce said of Pandora's clothing ensemble. Pearce said the horse also wears a mask to protect her eyes and is fed 15 anti-histamine tablets every day.

A European survey suggests British holidaymakers are the most likely to complain about their vacation destinations upon arrival. The survey, by Sweden-based Kairos Future, suggested Britons were the most likely to complain while on vacation, with Swedish vacationers being the second most likely to gripe about their surroundings, The Local reported Monday. The European Travel Trend Survey, which is based on data collected from 11,000 people in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Britain, Germany and the Netherlands, also found Norwegians were likely to complain about their travel destinations while Danish and Dutch people were more likely to act contented on vacations. Complaints from Swedish tourists compiled for the survey include accusations that there were too many Spanish people in Spain, too much sand on the beach and curry, curry, curry nothing but curry to eat in India. Another Swedish complainer said that prior to the time of the vacation, no one had told us that the sea was full

Authorities in Connecticut said they discovered a 3 1/2-foot-long alligator in a marshy area near a sewer treatment plant along the Connecticut River. Police spokesman Sgt.

White House officials said despite the eco-benefits of the coffee cups used by the previous administration, they are seeking an even greener alternative. Christine Glunz, a spokeswoman for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, said President Barack Obama's administration is seeking to replace

Organizers of the sixth annual Lake Tahoe Polar Plunge on the California-Nevada border said a record 300 people turned out to jump into the 39-degree water. Jody Filgo, who started the annual event six years ago with Elaine Glasser to benefit the Special Olympics, said at least 300 people jumped into the frigid lake Saturday to raise nearly $40,000 for the organization, the Tahoe Daily Tribune reported Monday. Filgo said the turnout Saturday was better than I ever would have imagined.

Word of the Day
  • A serpent whose bite was fabled to produce intense thirst.
The word 'dipsas' comes from a Greek word meaning 'thirst'.