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Oddities News Archive - April 25, 2009

A World War II veteran in Tacoma, Wash., fought off two would-be carjackers after they gave him a black eye. Ted Mazetier, 84, said he was driving home from playing bingo with his wife at her nursing home Wednesday evening when he saw two men standing by the side of the road near a car.

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A hospital official in New York says a woman was forced to give birth to twins in the front seat of her car after being unable to make it into a hospital.

The worldwide economic slump has been tough on the richest people in Britain, costing them about one-third of their net worth, The Times of London reported. The Times published its annual Rich List Sunday, cataloging the 100 richest people in the country.

An Oregon man who had just been told he was out of a job and came home to find his house burning, says he chooses to laugh at his run of bad luck. Victor Gonzalez of Oregon City told KPTV the fire may have started with a spark from his wood stove.

A curious bull entered a supermarket in Ireland, had a good look around, and then left, the market owner said. John Cummins, who owns the Supervalu in Ballinrobe, County Mayo, on the west coast of Ireland, said the bull passed up a Tesco to enter his store, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday.

A Canadian provincial official whose responsibilities include oversight of the British Columbia motor vehicles office has had his driver's license suspended. John van Dongen is the solicitor-general for British Columbia.

Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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