Oddities News Archive - April 21, 2009


New study in the FASEB Journal shows that our brains make proteins that act directly on the marijuana receptors in our head.

The University of Miami has been named Playboy magazine's Top Party School for 2009 based on its weather and hard-bodied coeds. In its fourth annual ranking, the magazine said a recent UM grad said apart from some bars and clubs allowed to stay open 24 hours in Miami Beach, there are hard-bodied coeds laying out on the campus lake between classes. The University of Texas at Austin ranked second.

A Canadian man in Montreal is so fed up with being unemployed, he's posted a $5,000 reward to anyone who gives him a job lead that results in work. Antoine Saidy told CTV News he's been unemployed for six months and has sent out some 500 traditional applications, but he's getting nowhere. Saidy said the reward wasn't for his next employer, but rather the person who recommends or directs him to the job. His last contract job was as a data and research assistant for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, he said.

Students and teachers from Virginia's College of William and Mary said they are trying to set a world record for performing Michael Jackson's Thriller dance. Suzanne Seurattan, a university spokeswoman, said students, faculty and staff gathered Sunday in the Williamsburg college's Sunken Garden to learn

Police in southern California said two men confessed at police headquarters to stealing a $15,000 bronze pig from a restaurant. Investigators said the two men, ages 34 and 35, came into Chula Vista police headquarters at about 2 p.m.

The New Zealand Geographic Board says it wants to make the names of the country's North and South Islands official and find new Maori names for the islands. Don Grant, chairman of the geographic board, said the body discovered while searching for Maori names for the islands that their English names

A British woman said she was ordered by local officials to clothe the naked lawn gnomes that have stood in her front garden for about 15 years. Sandra Smith, 64, said she was forced to cover the gnomes, one male and one female, after a neighbor complained about the garden decorations to the Bromsgrove District Council, The Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday. They have been here for around 15 years and everyone who visits me finds them funny and a bit harmless fun, Smith said.

Power company Con Ed said about 1,500 customers in a New York neighborhood lost electricity due to Quaker parrots nesting in equipment. The company said the customers were without power for about 45 minutes Monday because of problems caused by the nests of the parrots, also known as monk parakeets, the New York Post reported Tuesday. These things are prolific -- very prolific -- and the reason they build these condos of nests around our lines is the warmth, Con Ed spokesman Chris Olert said. Olert said the power outage in the Beechhurst neighborhood of the city's Queens borough was caused when heavy rains soaked the birds' nests and caused electrical equipment to overheat.

The Swedish Environmental Court ruled the health effects of church bells should be more closely investigated following a complaint about a Stockholm church. The complaint from Jan Brannstrom, 65, who lives near St.


Employees of a North Carolina store said a pair of Canada geese have returned to the shop's decorative grasses for the third consecutive year to start a family.

Word of the Day
  • A hairdresser.
The word 'friseur' comes from French friseur, from friser ("to curl, frizz").