Oddities News Archive - March 29, 2009

A man attacked by a deer in a supermarket in suburban Stockholm escaped with only minor injuries, investigators said. Anders Osteberg was shopping Friday night in the Coop in Liljeholmen when the deer got him in the arm with its antlers, Aftonbladet reported.

A Scottish nobleman is building a maze in memory of the men and women executed as witches on his estate in the 17th century. The Witches' Maze at Tullibole Castle near Kinross will have a pillar in the center with the names of those convicted and put to death in 1662, The Scotsman reported.

A man in Saginaw, Mich., says he spent nearly 4 hours at a gas station after getting one of his fingers trapped in his sport utility vehicle's gas tank. Victor Harris said while attempting to remove a piece of paper from his Lincoln Navigator's gas tank Friday, he found he was unable to extract his finger from his vehicle, WJRT-TV of Flint, Mich., reported. A piece of paper was around the little hole, so I just tried to put my little finger in there, rub it off, Harris said.

A Florida man who developed a cult following through years of running says reaching his 100,000-mile milestone may mark the start of a second chance in life. Robert Raven Craft, 58, of Miami Beach who was expected to run his 100,000th mile Sunday, said after 34 years of relentless jogging, he may use his milestone as an impetus for serious life changes, The Miami Herald reported. ''People ask if I have any regrets, and to be honest, I do,'' Craft said.

Police in Sweden say they've arrested a man accused of showering unwanted affectionate attention on at least 17 women. The man allegedly approached the women asking for road directions or for advice on buying a present for a 10-year-old cousin or niece, reported TT, the Swedish news agency. When the women replied, he would give them an enthusiastic hug, kiss them on the cheek and moan in their ear, TT reported, noting the alleged assaults occurred in the towns of Lund and Malmo during the last year. The man, who was not publicly identified after his arrest Friday, was reported to be an exchange student who told police it was natural in his culture to kiss women on the cheek.

A 9-year-old Florida boy says he grew a mullet so he could donate his long hair to children who lost their hair while being treated for cancer. Dustin Amara of Plantation said after his mother told him about children whose cancer has left them without hair, he decided to grow his hair in a mullet style -- long in the back, short on top, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Saturday. My mom told me about the people who couldn't grow hair because they had cancer and I wanted to help, said Amara, who had his long mane cut Saturday to complete his donation. Amara's dad said his son at first endured some ribbing from his peers over his hair style. He's had some teasing from the other kids because he had his hair long, said Barry Amara, who is growing out his hair to make a similar donation.


Four New York University freshmen reportedly have dismantled a secret marijuana den called Narnia that was entered through a hole in the back of a wardrobe.

A new business in Thornton, Colo., offers to help shoppers with their wedding and funeral needs under one roof, the venture's owners say. Larry Tabler and his wife Andrea say their Highline Circle of Life Center will hold funerals, weddings and even handle cremations all in the same 6,000-square foot building, The Denver Post reported Sunday. It's the new paradigm in the funeral business today, said Tabler, who has 42 years of experience in the funeral business. We have learned to be flexible, his wife added. The Tablers agree a growing number of their clients prefer non-denominational services for significant life-and-death events. Steffani Blackstock, Colorado Funeral Directors Association executive director, said the Tablers' multipurpose center makes sense given the commonalities between funerals and weddings. Weddings and funerals are the two major events in life, Blackstock told the Post.

Some of the 1,000 or so people who braved chilling rain in St.

Word of the Day
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.