Oddities News Archive - April 24, 2009

A 47-year-old British woman says her arrest for being too noisy while having sex with her husband won't muffle her loud, vocal lovemaking. Caroline Cartwright said despite being arrested and receiving an anti-social behavior order for her vocal lovemaking, she does not see such disciplinary actions curbing her vocal outbursts during sex, The Daily Mail reported Thursday. I can't stop making noise during sex, it's unnatural to not make any noises, and I don't think that I'm particularly loud, she said. Cartwright's comments came after she received her disciplinary order last Friday.

Daredevil Swiss pilot Yves Rossy says his next flight without a plane will take place in the United States over the Grand Canyon. Rossy, 49, made international headlines last fall when he became the first person to fly solo across the English Channel using a single jet-propelled wing, Swissinfo.com reported Friday. We're developing two prototype wings that I tested two weeks ago, Rossy said.

A pair of Oklahoma men said a rusted-shut safe they discovered at the side of some old railroad tracks may contain historical treasures -- or may not. Bill Dodd said he and a friend found the 4,000-pound safe, which is about 100 years old, by the tracks about a month and a half ago and thus far they have been unable open it despite an attempt made by a locksmith, KTUL-TV, Tulsa, Okla., reported I'd probably have to cut into it and get at it that way, Dodd said.

A Swedish man will spend the next four months in jail for shooting snot from his nose onto a store clerk, a court ruled Friday. A court in the Swedish city of Borgholm sentenced the unidentified 32-year-old man to jail for showering a liquor store cashier with the contents of his nose after a sales

Victims of a prank at a New York elementary school say the experience was no laughing matter -- it was itchy. At least one victim from the apparent prank at Public School 345 in Brooklyn described the itching sensation caused by the mysterious powder left on school seats as uncontrollable, the New York Daily News said Friday. The itching was terrible, the unidentified victim said after Wednesday's incident.

A Tennessee woman whose husband was shot and killed is suing his life insurance provider because it refused the claim due to a pre-existing condition. Stephanie McCraw's lawsuit against Settlers Life Insurance states her husband, Curtis McCraw, was killed by unknown gunmen in Knoxville, Tenn., in April 2007 but the insurance company denied the claim because her husband suffered from a pre-existing condition, Hepatitis C, which was unrelated to his death, ABC News reported Friday. Mrs.

Hershey, the Pennsylvania chocolate maker, says it will take legal action against a New York chocolatier unless it backs off its Kiss trademark. The Hershey Co.

A Chicago restaurateur has earned praise from the community for hiring convicted felons, but the eatery's name -- Felony Franks -- strikes some as bad taste. Jim Andrews, owner of Felony Franks, said his goal is to have a chain of the hot dog stores staffed by convicted felons and the first location is due to open later this month, WBBM-AM, Chicago, reported Friday. A hot dog ...

The Minnesota attorney general has asked the Illinois Tollway for a moratorium on sending violation notices to Minnesota drivers because of recent errors. Attorney General Lori Swanson said 12 individuals have filed complaints with her office saying the Illinois Tollway sent them toll violation notices for vehicles that weren't driven in Illinois or weren't owned by the recipient of the notice at the time of the infraction, the Chicago Tribune reported Friday. Swanson said the alleged violators submitted documents to back up their statements but the tollway still turned the cases over to collection agencies. It's not fair for the tollway to place the burden on these citizens who have not created the problem in the first place, Swanson said. The letter asked tollway acting Executive Director Michael King and Gov.

Employees at The Home Depot in Harrison, Ark., say a great horned owl apparently has chosen the store as its permanent hangout. James Toon, an employee at the store's garden center, said the owl's mother laid its eggs in the garden center in January and employees could not disturb the nest due to the wildlife regulations for great horned owls, the Harrison (Ark.) Daily Times reported. Co-worker Cindy Bokun said two baby owls hatched, but one died after falling from the nest.

Word of the Day
  • A woman chauffeur.
  • A woman who operates an automobile.
The word 'chaffeuse' comes from French, and is the feminine form of 'chauffeur'.