Oddities News Archive - March 09, 2009

A Canadian woman says she's overwhelmed by international Internet users' generosity that helped her pay to save the life of a neglected dog. The 5-year-old female Lhasa Apso named Suzie was dropped off at an animal shelter around Christmas, near Kingston, Ontario, 160 miles east of Toronto.

The Museum of Funeral Customs in Springfield, Ill., may soon face its own passing because to a lack of visitors, an official says. Duane Marsh, Illinois Funeral Directors Association executive director, said the museum could soon close its doors despite being a short distance from sites honoring Abraham Lincoln, The New York Times said Monday. The original idea was that we'd get enough spillover from people visiting the Lincoln sites, said Marsh, whose group runs the struggling museum.

A woman in Orange County, Calif., said she was treated like a queen when she visited Disneyland for her 107th birthday. Margaret Johnstone said after being announced by a town crier at the famous tourist site, she received a round of applause while wearing a blinking princess tiara, The Orange County (Calif.) Register said Monday. Hear ye, hear ye, the unidentified town crier said Sunday as Johnstone entered Disneyland in her wheelchair.

Police said three people who purchased peppers at a New York store took the vegetables home and discovered they had been stuffed with bags of cocaine. Investigators said three separate customers unwittingly purchased the drug-stuffed peppers Sunday from a store on Liberty Avenue in the Ozark Park neighborhood of New York's Queens borough, the New York Post reported Monday. Store owners said the peppers were imported from South America.

A Montana firefighter defeated 1,555 of his colleagues and set a new record in a stair-climbing race to the top of Seattle's Columbia Center. Kory Burgess, 27, climbed 69 floors worth of stairs Sunday at the 18th annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb in 10 minutes and 55 seconds, beating the previous record of 11:08, The Seattle Times reported Monday. Georgia Sanz Daniels, of Graham Fire and Rescue in Pierce County, Wash., was the top female competitor for the 11th time in 12 years, finishing in 14 minutes and 36 seconds. Race participants, which included firefighters from Canada, Germany and New Zealand, climbed the stairs wearing 50 pounds of firefighting gear.

Swedish police said a man was arrested for public drunkenness after he was spotted wandering the city of Malmo with a boa constrictor around his neck. Police said numerous people were frightened by the 44-year-old man's massive reptile and called the authorities, The Local reported Monday. The snake

Police in Wisconsin said a man accused of stealing beer from a tavern was arrested after his library card was found at the scene of the theft. Kristopher Lehnhardt, 34, was charged with misdemeanor counts of theft and property damage after a bartender at Cozy Bar in Sheboygan discovered his library card on the floor of the establishment's basement -- and noticing four cases of Miller Light and six cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon were missing, the Sheboygan (Wis.) Press reported Monday. Police said the library card allegedly had been used in an attempt to unlock a door.

A survey conducted by one of China's most popular Web sites indicates that many men would wear high-heels to experience the pains felt by significant others. The online survey by 163.com attracted more than 3,000 responses, most of which were from men who said they would wear heels for their wives or girlfriends to demonstrate their love and understanding, Xinhua, China's official government-run news agency, reported Monday. I am worried whenever I see my wife wearing high-heeled shoes, because it seems to hurt so much, a husband from China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region said. The Web site said the survey was inspired by U.S.

An Australian woman said her husband wrestled a 6-foot-tall kangaroo into a headlock and threw it out of the family home after it jumped in through a window. Verity Beman said the marsupial jumped through a window at about 2 a.m.

Police in Florida said a man charged with cultivating marijuana after 17 plants were found in his truck said he was moving his crop to protect it from burglars. Jacksonville investigators said Ryan Smith, 26, was arrested with friend Raymond Rhude, 32, Saturday after police received a tip that two men

Word of the Day
  • an ornament or knob in the shape of a flower
  • In architecture, a floral ornament; specifically, the large conventional flower usually placed in the center of the abacus of a Corinthian capital or classic ceiling-caisson; also, the floreated termination of a Gothic finial.
[ "The word 'fleuron' comes from French."]