Oddities News Archive - April 11, 2009

The Road to the Isles through some of Scotland's most dramatic scenery and history has finally acquired two lanes through its entire 45 miles. Scottish Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson plans to open the fourth and final section of the route to be upgraded on Wednesday, The Scotsman reports.

The Republic of Ireland, in a concession to Protestants, says Northern Irelanders applying for Irish passports can give Londonderry as their birthplace. The city's name is one of the many issues that divide Republicans and Unionists in Northern Ireland and the Republic from the North.

The Trinity Church in New York used Twitter to offer registered users a Good Friday rendition of the Passion of the Christ story, a church official says. Linda Hanick, vice president of communication and marketing for the historic church, said church officials used the Internet social networking service

A Florida woman says she used a Web cam to catch two men in the act of robbing her home. Jeanne Thomas said she alerted police to two men robbing her Boynton Beach house after accessing her Web cam from her Keiser University office and seeing the criminals making themselves at home, The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post reported Saturday. ''It was the strangest feeling,'' Thomas, 53, said of Wednesday's incident.

A Welsh opera singer says his forgetfulness nearly left him with only shorts to wear for a concert in Seoul. Singer Bryn Terfel said he found himself in shorts minutes before he was to take the stage at a concert hall in the South Korean capital because he'd forgotten his pants at his hotel during a recent warm Seoul day, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday. One can be a bit forgetful on the day of a concert -- and I forgot my trousers at the hotel, the 6-foot-4 singer said.

A 23-year-old Florida man's car flipped on Interstate 95, striking a nearby police patrol car, police say. The Florida Highway Patrol said Ted M.

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A woman who climbed a fence, hedges and a wall to get into the polar bear enclosure at the Berlin Zoo was pulled out of the moat by keepers.

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.'