Oddities News Archive - April 22, 2009

Organizers say they are hoping for a record crowd at an organic Earth Day happy hour along Chesapeake Bay. Wednesday evening's Green Drinks event is being put together by environmentalists and restaurant owners from all four states that border the Chesapeake and will feature organic beers and wines served at various bars and restaurants. The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot said Green Drinks has become a worldwide phenomenon since it began in London in 1989.


A 14-year-old boy in Akron, Ohio, says he caught an alligator while fishing at Summit Lake.

Police in Bartlett, Tenn., say officers responding to a call about a possible shooting found a loud television to blame for the report. Police said the incident began when they received a call about a woman screaming and loud gunshots from a concerned Bartlett resident, the Memphis Commercial-Appeal

A pregnant woman trying to rob a Fayetteville, N.C., bank apparently changed her mind and left moneyless after receiving a call on her cell phone, police say. Fayetteville police said in a news release that the unidentified woman was robbing the Carter Bank & Trust company Tuesday when she got a

Police said a thief took a laptop computer and jewelry from a man's New York home, but the suspect left behind a pair of socks. Investigators said apartment resident Matthew Staley, who has portrayed minor characters on TV shows including The Sopranos and My Own Worst Enemy, discovered the socks Monday after finding his property missing and his bed ransacked, the New York Post reported Wednesday. Police said the break-in occurred between 11:30 a.m.

Police in Detroit said an underwire bra may have saved the life of a woman who was shot by thieves who were breaking into the home of a neighbor. Investigators said the burglars shot at Faustina Green, 57, after the woman spotted them breaking into the house of a 72-year-old neighbor who was not home at about 11 a.m.

Power company Con Ed said it has nixed a mechanical owl that failed to prevent parrots from blowing a New York electrical transformer. Con Ed workers said Hootie the battery-powered owl was installed at the transformer in New York's Queens borough to scare off parrots, but the wild birds continued to build nests that caused damage to the equipment when paired with rain, the New York Post reported Wednesday. The birds win, said the Con Ed worker who took Hootie down Tuesday alongside a broken $25,000 transformer.

Police in New York state said they have arrested a woman accused of kicking her daughters, ages 10 and 12, out of the car for fighting. Investigators said Madlyn Primoff, 45, of Scarsdale, forced the two girls to exit her car Sunday in downtown White Plains and continued driving, the White Plains Journal News reported Wednesday. The 12-year-old girl ran after the vehicle and was apparently let back in after catching up, police said.

The user of a Hudson, Ohio, post office box says he was puzzled to receive a post card recently that was sent in 1962. The card was correctly addressed to insurance agent David Conn's box, but it was for someone named Marion White, and was sent from Montana by people of whom Conn had never heard -- Fran and Polly.

Four men who performed a dance routine wearing only crispbread on TV's Sweden's Got Talent have found international fame via the Internet. The clip from the TV4 program was posted on the Web site of U.S.

Word of the Day
  • An uxorious, effeminate, or spiritless man.
  • A timorous, cowardly fellow.
Probably a blend of meek and cock, or from meek +‎ -ock (“diminutive suffix”).