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Oddities News Archive - April 14, 2009

A Swedish man said his collection of more than 15,000 erotic items will go on display at his suburban Stockholm garden. Jorma Toivonen, 52, said displaying the items at his garden May 2-3 is a temporary measure as he works to generate funding for a museum that would house what he calls Scandinavia's largest collection of erotic items, The Local reported Tuesday. After some recent media interest there has been some contact from local municipalities.

A Massachusetts man said he sold plaster impressions of late musician Tiny Tim's teeth on eBay for $1,500. Brian Blouin, 32, of Methuen, Mass., said the dentist-made impressions were purchased after five days of auction by a man in Rockwall, Texas, The Eagle-Tribune newspaper in North Andover, Mass., reported Tuesday. It's a unique item, Blouin said.

A doctor in Italy's Abruzzo earthquake zone said she wasn't offended when the prime minister told her, I wouldn't mind being resuscitated by you. Dr.

A British man who used to farm pigs said he was arrested and held for more than 6 hours in a row concerning a pig statue in his back garden. Robin Demczak, 57, of Witney, England, said he put the black and white porcelain swine in his back garden with the sign no pigs long before Police Constable John Ablett moved in next door, The Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday. Demczak said the no pigs sign was made in reference to the fact that the shed in his garden used to be a pig sty. When I got rid of all the pigs, I painted a sign saying there weren't any left in there.

A Texas school principal said she was issued a citation for a noise ordinance violation after a neighbor complained about noise at the school. Principal Terri LeBleu of Olympia Elementary School in Universal City, Texas, said Butch Armstrong has continued to complain about noise at the school despite efforts made to appease him, the San Antonio Express-News reported Tuesday. They've built a 7-foot fence at the back of the school, LeBleu said to the newspaper.

Authorities in New York said a 5-year-old who slipped away from his mother boarded a train and traveled through 34 stations before transit workers spotted him. Police said the young boy boarded a downtown No. 1 train at the Marble Hill subway station at 7:40 a.m.

Police in Kansas City, Mo., said three men were arrested after the skid-steer loader they were allegedly trying to steal became stuck in the mud. Investigators said the skid-steer loader was found stuck in the mud at the construction site and officers followed scrape marks left on the street to a trailer

A defendant in a fatal drunken driving case tried to escape prosecution by publishing a fake obituary in New Mexico, Mothers Against Drunk Driving said. Byron Shane Carpenter, 30, was arrested Wednesday after MADD's Albuquerque office received a tip that his obituary last month in the Albuquerque Journal was a fake, KRQE-TV, Albuquerque, reported Tuesday. We were quite surprised when we found out that death notification had been filed, MADD Executive Director Lora Lee Ortiz said.

A Texas man ticketed for cursing said his statements about his neighbor's cat were greatly taken out of context. Joseph Loflin of Texas City said he confronted his neighbor, Michael Rainey, after discovering cat feces on his lawn, KPRC-TV, Houston, reported Tuesday. 'Your cat has been back there defecating in my back yard,' Loflin said he told his neighbor.

A University of Southern California graduate says he is in week 30 of his effort to work 50 jobs in 50 states within the span of 50 weeks. Daniel Seddiqui, 27, said he conceived of his job-hopping scheme after becoming frustrated with trying to find employment in the current job market, The (Nashville) Tennessean reported Tuesday. I was just tired of employers telling me to call in three weeks, he said. Seddiqui said his jobs so far have included caring for racehorses in Kentucky, coordinating weddings in Las Vegas, working pit crew for Panther Racing in Indianapolis and as a border patrol agent in Arizona.

Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.