Oddities News Archive - March 31, 2009

The Canadian manufacturer of a women's leg shaver suggests higher hemlines showing more leg might help the economy as the style has historically done. In a release from Toronto, Schick Quattro for Women created a timeline showing hemlines' relationship to stock markets and economies. There (are) historical data that demonstrate a strong correlation between skirt length and the strength of the economy, said Wolfgang Klein, a senior investment adviser at Canaccord Capital.

Italy's Fiat automobile company has announced the creation of a new Fiat 500 show car dedicated to Mattel's bestselling fashion doll, Barbie. The car, created by a partnership between Fiat and Mattel, is decorated with pink paint designed to resemble varnish and silver laminated Alcantara upholstery.

A Wisconsin high school has altered its school song to remove gender-specific references and apply the song to sports other than football. Waupun High School Principal Jeff Finstad said he realized there was a problem with the song when he printed out the lyrics for a group of students who wanted to paint them on a gym wall, The Reporter newspaper in Fon du Lac, Wis., said. The song urged fellows to fight and made specific references only to the sport of football, the principal said. I'm not putting those words on the wall, Finstad said. Instead, he recruited junior Bridget Nickel to rework the song so it could be applicable to all of the school's students and the sports they play. It just kind of came to me.

Organizers of a pub crawl in San Francisco said 200 people turned up to drink booze and model their Snuggies, popular fleece blankets with sleeves. Keith Charles F., 25 (he said he preferred to not give his last name to the newspaper), and Patricia Prislin, 24, said they met on social networking Web site Yelp and started talking about a recent Snuggie pub crawl in Chicago and the possibility of starting a Snuggie event closer to home, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday. The pair said they didn't just ask people to show up in their Snuggies, they offered costume competitions for best male, best female, best group, best couple and sluttiest Snuggie. We kept moving the date back because people were not going to get their Snuggies in time, Keith Charles said to the newspaper before the event.

Police said a JetBlue baggage handler fell asleep in a plane's baggage compartment and wound up flying by accident from New York to Boston. Investigators said Sidney Nurse was arrested as a stowaway Saturday at Boston's Logan International Airport but he was released without charge after they determined that he fell asleep accidentally while working at John F.

Ohio police have charged a man with driving under the influence of alcohol after he crashed his homemade motorized bar stool. Investigators said Kile Wygle, 28, told officers he had drank about 15 beers before he crashed the motorized stool March 4 in the street outside of his Newark, Ohio, home, the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch reported Tuesday. Wygle, who refused a blood alcohol test after the minor crash, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving while under suspension.

A New York company has claimed victory over another firm in a prank war that involved the two offices stationing inflatable clowns in their windows. Michael McSwain, assistant account executive at healthcare advertising and communications firm Harrison & Star, said the war of the clowns began when someone at his company's Christmas party received a Bozo inflatable punching bag as a gag gift, the New York Post reported Tuesday. We put it in the window of an office and left it there, McSwain said. A few weeks later, another Bozo popped up (in a window) across the street, McSwain said.

Police in Texas said they were searching for a gun-toting man believed to have robbed banks in Dallas and Irving while talking on his cell phone. Authorities said the man is believed to have held up a Wachovia bank in Dallas about 9 a.m.

A German couple have departed from a Lantana, Fla., airport for a three-year world tour in a kit-built tiny plane that can only carry 200 pounds of luggage. Experienced pilot Detlef Heun and fiancee Liliana Tagliamonte, who recently obtained her pilot's license, took off Monday from Lantana Airport for a three-year trip that is planned to include a wedding in the Bahamas, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Tuesday. Heun said the plan is to fly the tiny plane, which the couple purchased as a kit and assembled over the course of three years, from island to island in the Caribbean before turning around in Brazil to turn their attentions to the north. Every small space is used, Heun said of the plane.

Officials in Merrick, N.Y., said they are employing a team of five Nigerian dwarf goats to munch weeds and overgrowth at a 50-acre nature preserve. The officials said the goats, named Sleepy, Sneezy, Bashful, Happy and Doc, were purchased for $1,200 and will be at work by the fall eating grass and weeds at the Norman J.

Word of the Day
  • To say in too many words; to express verbosely.
  • To express in too many words: sometimes used reflexively.
  • The leading idea or a repeated phrase, as of a song or ballad; the refrain; burden.
The word 'overword' comes from over- +‎ word.