Oddities News Archive - April 15, 2009


Swedish health officials are urging caution for anyone coming into contact with wild birds following the death from parrot fever of a 50-year-old man.

An unidentified individual is facing up to a year in prison for posting a photo of his ballot for mayor of O'Fallon, Mo., online, officials say. State and country officials said the punishment for willfully sharing a completed ballot represents a class-four election offense that also comes with a $2,500 fine, the St.

Police and witnesses in Washington said a man was punched in the face after he snatched a Dallas Cowboys flag from a car that was stuck in traffic. Lt. Eric Hayes of the Washington police's 2nd District said the man took the flag off the car at about 6 p.m.

Lawyers for an Ohio woman sentenced to 60 days in jail for ordering magazines in a neighbor's name say they are trying to get the sentence suspended. The lawyers said Julie Rank-Earley, 47, of Piqua, has been in jail since March 16 and they are awaiting a ruling from Judge Robert Lindeman on a request to suspend the rest of the jail sentence, the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News reported Wednesday. Rank-Earley, who pleaded no contest to felony tampering with records in February, told authorities she ordered the magazines -- including Playboy, Penthouse and Hustler -- in the name of neighbor Carla Weigandt as retaliation for a disorderly conduct charge that Rank-Earley said was a result of a complaint from Weigandt. Rank-Earley's lawyers, John H.

Police in New York state said a man used his 2-year-old stepdaughter's stroller to try to steal video games from a Hollywood Video store. Miguel Angel Rodriguez, 20, of Albany, was charged with attempted grand larceny and acting in a manner injurious to a child after he allegedly entered the store Friday and hid more than $1,000 worth of games in the stroller with the child inside, the Albany Times Union reported Wednesday. Authorities said a store employee confronted Rodriguez in the parking lot and recovered the games.

Domino's Pizza said two employees at a North Carolina location have been fired after they posted a video online that depicted them sneezing on food. The company said the employees, who identified themselves in the video as Kristy and Michael, were fired from the store in Conover after they posted a


A Web site said its latest survey found 33 percent of respondents chose entrepreneur Donald Trump as the celebrity they would most like to do their taxes. WalletPop.com said its online survey of 41,451 people found CNN anchor Anderson Cooper was the No.

A New York man has become the first person to simultaneously hold 100 titles in the Guinness Book of World Records following a mass poetry reading. Ashrita Furman, 54, obtained his 100th simultaneous record Tuesday by organizing a group that read a poem, Precious by late Indian spiritual leader Sri Chinmoy, in 111 languages in New York's City Hall Park, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday. It was fun learning about many of these languages -- quite a few I never even heard of, said Furman, who chose Zulu as his language for reading the poem. Furman said he has earned about 230 Guinness records, but many have since been broken.

Volkswagen workers at the New York International Auto Show are challenging visitors to perform their favorite songs via Caraoke. The German company's display at the auto show includes a black VW Bug decked out for people to climb in and sing along to classic tunes including Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen and I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday. We want to engage people with our display, said a Volkswagen presenter at the show. It gets very boring at the auto show sometimes.

A Florida man said he is offering a reward in the thousands for the return of a $375,000 diamond ring he dropped from a pier.