Oddities News Archive - March 06, 2009

A former Mormon missionary wants Brigham Young University in Utah to give him his diploma. Chad Hardy was excommunicated from the church 31 days before his scheduled graduation, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

A pregnant woman was carrying 73 bags of heroin hidden in her waistband when she and a companion were pulled over in Delaware, police allege. Police said Shawnett Backus, 31, was arrested Wednesday after a routine traffic stop near Wilmington led to the alleged discovery of six bags of heroin between the seats of the vehicle in which she was a passenger, The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal reported Thursday. A police officer searched the vehicle after the vehicle's driver, Jeron Johnson, 27, failed to provide an insurance card.

A class at South Carolina's York Technical College was disrupted by an accidental discharge of a handgun carried by a student, police say. Police in Rock Hill, S.C., said 19-year-old Jeremy Moffett carried a loaded semi-automatic Smith & Wesson handgun into one of the college's satellite buildings this week, The Rock Hill Herald said Friday. During Wednesday's class at the Construction Trade Center, Moffett's firearm accidentally discharged and Moffett fled the classroom. Police allege Moffett initially claimed the gun discharged when it fell from his pocket after he fell asleep during the class.

Canadian animal protection groups have raised concerns about the Vancouver City Council's vote to legalize the keeping of chickens in the city. The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Vancouver Humane Society warned that many city residents would be clueless as to how to care for hens, specifically where to buy feed and how to find a qualified vet, the Vancouver Sun reported Friday. While we sympathize with the interests of local people who want to keep these hens for the sustainability interests, we have concern that not everyone who is interested in keeping these chickens has the necessary knowledge or expertise to raise them humanely, said Geoff Urton, BCSPCA animal welfare coordinator. Urton said he is also concerned that coyotes and raccoons would see an influx of urban chickens as a new food source. Ray Nickel, president of the British Columbia Poultry Association, said Thursday's unanimous vote to legalize urban chicken keeping was ridiculou

Organizers of the sixth International Festival of Nomads in Morocco said people are traveling from around the world to attend the festival. Nour Eddin Bughrab, chairman of the Association of Nomads, said nomads from the United States, India, Cameron, Angola, Algeria, Switzerland, Croatia, France, Spain and other nations are expected to attend the four-day festival, which begins Friday, KUNA, the Kuwait news agency, reported Friday. Bughrab said the festival is aimed at discussing methods of preserving the privacy enjoyed by practitioners of nomadic and desert culture.

Experts said a growing number of U.S.

Residents and neighbors of Chicago's Cabrini-Green neighborhood say Canada geese have taken over areas where buildings used to stand. Locals said the demolishing of former public housing buildings during recent years left empty lawns that slowly but steadily attracted the geese as new residents, the Chicago Tribune reported Friday. Rev.

Staff at the New England Aquarium in Boston said they were stunned when a 7-foot-long octopus squeezed himself into a 14-inch square box. Officials at the aquarium said the 18-month-old octopus, named Truman, squeezed his 30 pounds of mass through a tiny 2-inch hole on the locked box, which contained a smaller box filled with crabs for the octopus to eat, WBZ, Boston, reported Friday. Biologist Bill Murphy, Truman's caretaker, said the octopus usually sets to work on the latches of the boxes to free his food, but the apparently impatient invertebrate instead squeezed Thursday into the larger box and enveloped the smaller box containing the crabs. I start the octopus off with the small box, and once he has mastered that lock I switch to another box, and once he has mastered each individual box, I put a box inside a box to keep him active and challenged, Murphy said. Truman remained inside the box for about 30 minutes before emerging without having penetrated the smaller box of food, WCV

A group of 10 female mountaineers in Nepal announced in the capital, Kathmandu, that they plan to scale the tallest mountains on each of the seven continents. The women said Friday that they climbed Mount Everest on Nepal's border with China last May and they are now planning expeditions to climb Mount Aconcagua of Argentina, Mount McKinley of the United States, Mount Kilimanjaro of Tanzania, Mount Elbrus in Russia, Mount Vinson Massif of Antarctica, Mount Kosciusko of Australia and Mount Carstenz Pyramid of Indonesia, Nepalnews.com reported Friday. One of the women, Shaili Basnet, said the trek is aimed at promoting Nelapi tourism and spreading a message of inclusiveness.

A Malaysian man who admitted to drug possession said he welcomes his prison sentence because it will allow him to meditate. Ismail Hashim, 28, pleaded guilty to two counts of drug possession in Magistrates Court after he was caught Jan.

Word of the Day
  • To befool; deceive; balk; jilt.
  • An illusion; a trick; a cheat.
The word 'begunk' may come from a nasalised variant of Scots begeck ("to deceive, disappoint"), equivalent to be- +‎ geck.