Oddities News Archive - March 28, 2009

Two companies are in a legal battle over one of the less dignified applications for iPhones, using the phone to make the noise of someone breaking wind.

A 19-year-old man chose the wrong venue to try an armed robbery -- a Pennsylvania hotel hosting 300 police narcotics officers, officials allege. Jerome Blanchett of Harrisburg, Pa., who was already awaiting trial on robbery charges, was arrested and charged anew with robbery along with making terroristic threats, reckless endangerment and other counts after he was apprehended Friday outside the Holiday Inn-Harrisburg East, the (Harrisburg) Patriot-News reported.

A 62-year-old woman in England's Wiltshire county says she has stopped soothing her horses with classical music after being ordered to pay to play. Rosemary Greenway said after being told by the Performing Right Society for Music she must pay a $141 annual license fee to play classic radio broadcasts to her horses, she has ended her practice of more than 20 years, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday. You would have thought that playing music to your own horses was allowable but apparently not, Greenway said of the claim her radio playing for her horses constitutes a performance. Greenway told the Telegraph the opera and orchestra music she plays for her horses helps calm the animals while she exercises them. A spokeswoman for the music society said the license fee was actually not related to Greenway's equine audience. Of course, we don't ask people to pay for music played to animals, the unidentified spokeswoman said. Mrs.

A 63-year-old woman in Chengdu, China, says she can complete 97 push-ups in a single minute. Huang Tianleng said thanks to her daily regimen of exercise, which includes 1-2 hours of push-ups, she is now eyeing taking part in a push-up competition in her Sichuan province city, China Daily reported Friday. I

A nitrogen tank full of bull semen was stolen from a Canadian farmer, police say. The Cowichan Valley Citizen reported authorities were unsure whether the tank in Duncan, British Columbia, was stolen for the nitrogen or for the embryos and bull semen inside. That's what makes it theft over $5,000, said Sgt.

Pranksters in England put up a brick wall in front of their friend's front door as payback for a previous practical joke. The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday the group posted footage of the prank on the Internet site YouTube. The newspaper said Leigh Black planned the prank after his friend Dave Pearce sneaked into his house in Bridgwater while he was away and rearranged his furniture.

Word of the Day
  • Stoppage; cessation (of labor).
  • A standing still or idling (of mills, factories, etc.).
The word chomage comes into English from French.]