Oddities News Archive - March 07, 2009


Mattel plans to celebrate Barbie's 50th birthday with an updated version of the original doll and a party in a real Dream House in California, the company said.

European authorities say they are searching for a Romanian truck driver who released a video of himself dancing in his cab as he sped along a highway.

A professor in Minneapolis is building Lego models of the Minnesota Capitol and of the Cathedral of St. Paul. Roy Cook, an assistant philosophy professor at the University of Minnesota, is working on the project in apartment, the St.

Two ice fishermen, oblivious to the fact the ice on which they were fishing had broken free from shore, were plucked safely from Lake Erie, police said.

An effort to duplicate the 19th century voyage of a group of Cornish fishermen came close to disaster off Australia. The Spirit of Mystery hit a storm Tuesday and then a freak wave that sent it into a roll, The Age reported. The boat survived with minor damage.

Word of the Day
  • The parings of haberdine; also, any kind of fragments.
The word 'gubbings' is a variant of the word 'gobbon', meaning 'a portion, gobbet.'