Oddities News Archive - March 04, 2009

A Massachusetts man is charged with faking injury to the same tooth in order to collect some $36,000 in insurance payments from restaurants, prosecutors say. Tod Schaffer, 42, of Brookline, Mass., is accused of placing pebbles or fragments of plastic into food at Boston restaurants in order to claim injuries to a broken upper front tooth, the Boston Globe reported Wednesday. Schaffer's repeated claims came to the attention of an investigator for Great American Insurance Co.

A Michigan man says he was stunned when a neighbor and his wife popped in unexpectedly by driving through his living room wall. The man lives about 10 doors down from me. We're friends, Roy Rabadue told The Saginaw (Mich.) News after the crash that narrowly missed his two sons.


A West Virginia lawmaker has introduced a bill that would ban the sale of all dolls that influence girls to be beautiful.

An English university in the hometown of The Beatles has announced plans to offer the world's first master's degree in the Fab Four. Instructors at Liverpool Hope University said the Beatles, Popular Music and Society course, which is scheduled to begin in September, will offer spots to 30 students seeking to analyze the 1960s group responsible for such enduring tunes as Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Hey Jude, Come Together and Yellow Submarine, CNN reported Wednesday. There have been over 8,000 books about The Beatles but there has never been serious academic study and that is what we are going to address, said Miles Broken, the school's senior popular music lecturer.

Police in Massachusetts said a man who was wallet-shopping at a Wal-Mart discovered 10 human teeth inside one of the billfolds he was considering. Investigators said the man found the adult teeth, one of which had a filling, at about 9:58 p.m.

A 15-year-old Swedish boy has been fined $22 for insulting a police officer after he called a pair of officers pigs and made oinking noises at them. The boy, whose name was not released, was charged in February and convicted Tuesday following a formal investigation into the December incident in Solna, The Local reported Wednesday. The officers filed a report about the incident despite the teenager apologizing when he was confronted by the pair after he made the remarks. The boy regrets his actions and understands that what he did was wrong, said Clea Sangborn, the teen's lawyer.

A remote Indian hamlet known as the village of unmarried people hopes to change its fortunes by building a new road to attract mates, residents say. The village of Barwaan Kala, located in western Bihar state high in the Kaimur Hills, hasn't seen a marriage in 50 years, the BBC reported Wednesday.

A Massachusetts man was sentenced to pay a $500 fine after he pleaded guilty to assaulting a Chuck E.

A California woman dining with her husband at a Boston restaurant said she was shocked when the identifier Older Couple appeared on their credit card receipt. Alan Fox, 66, said he laughed when he saw the Sam's Cafe at Cheers waitress had used Older Couple to identify the pair, but his wife, Cheryl, 55, took umbrage with the description, the Boston Globe reported Wednesday. I was like, 'Whoa! Wait a minute!' Cheryl Fox said.

A South African man says he and his wife remained calm as a nearly three-foot-long cobra wrapped itself around his leg as he was driving his car. Gordon Parratt, 69, of Pretoria, said the dangerous Mozambique spitting cobra got inside his car last week at the Biyamiti rest camp in South Africa's Kruger National Park, and several miles after driving off, he felt something like an insect brush against his leg, Beeld, a South African newspaper, reported Wednesday. Fortunately I'm not the panicky type, Parratt said.

Word of the Day
  • A person in a secondary role, specifically the second most important character (after the protagonist).
The word 'deuteragonist' comes from a Greek word meaning 'an actor of second-class parts'.