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Oddities News Archive - March 08, 2009

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Eric Carl Timaeus, a regular competitor at a Texas rattlesnake roundup has his own code -- he catches no females, no young snakes and only the largest males.

A frisky ferret named Olly has been reunited with his owner after an Internet campaign against an animal shelter on Long Island, N.Y. Olly escaped Feb.

Authorities in Florida allege a Camden County inmate broke out of jail, burglarized a store and was apprehended sneaking back into jail. Harry Jackson, 25, of St.

A possibly inebriated Georgia man dangled upside down 35 feet off the ground from a high-voltage tower, saved only by his pants leg until rescued, police say. The man's harrowing escapade occurred Saturday before dawn when he climbed the tower, sparking what neighbors described as an explosion and flash

One devious team in Cincinnati's annual Cinciditarod competition actually posed as a contest organizer to foil another team, an admiring official says. Suzanne Schindler, events organizer for Cincinnati's Fountain Square, said the Celebrate OTR team's underhanded-yet-bold move to seize another team's shopping cart earned it the second annual event's Best Sabotage award, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Sunday. The two-hour Cinciditarod is modeled after the famed 1,100-mile Iditarod sled-dog race in Alaska.

Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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