Oddities News Archive - April 19, 2009

Rescuing seven cows from a muddy English estuary turned out to be a complicated operation involving 20 firefighters and two hovercraft, officials said. By the time the firefighters arrived Friday afternoon, some of the cows were buried up to their necks in mud, the BBC reported.

Some jobs created by city councils in Britain and Scotland are laughable despite being an apparent drain on local resources, a pressure group says. TaxPayers' Alliance Chief Executive Matthew Elliott faulted local governing bodies such as the Newcastle City Council in Britain and Scotland's Angus Council

A 13-year-old boy in Sheffield, England, set a world record for the longest slam dunk with a nearly 23-foot-long leap to the hoop, his mother says. Anita Ramos said her son Jordan used a trampoline to jump nearly 23 feet through the air and slam a basketball through a 10-foot-high hoop to break the


A clothing optional dude ranch offered by a Florida lottery winner is out of compliance with an anti-nudity county ordinance, officials say.

Word of the Day
  • 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.