Oddities News Archive - April 28, 2009

Thieves in Ireland stole a car-carrier loaded with 11 BMWs, setting it on fire about five miles away after removing only one car, police said Monday. Eight new BMWs and two used cars with a total value of about 1 million euros ($1.3 million) were destroyed, The Irish Independent reported.

Construction workers clearing the way for the expansion of a department store in Ireland's oldest city found the bones of as many as 30 people, police said. Police were immediately called to the site in Waterford, where they determined the skulls and bones were too old to be of forensic interest, The Irish Times reported. We were satisfied that no crime had been committed so it's nothing to do with us now -- the remains definitely weren't put in there yesterday, said Gardai Sgt.

Police using sledgehammers broke into a Staten Island, NY, basement and found the mummified remains of a body, witnesses said.

Police in New York state said a woman who became stuck up to her waist in mud while chasing her pet cockatoo managed to dig herself out. New York State Police said the 55-year-old Cortlandt woman chased her pet bird when it flew from her home and headed toward the woods just after 1 p.m.

A New York group against outdoor advertising said more than 100 street level billboards in the city were whitewashed and used by artists as blank canvases. Jordan Seiler of the Public Ad Campaign said his organization believes the billboards are illegal under city law, so we wanted to use them for public communication instead of public consumption, the New York Post reported Tuesday. Seiler said the whitewashing and subsequent painting of billboards drew large crowds and widespread support from the public.

A woman who stumbled on a camera in the sand on a California beach was able to trace its owner, a medic wounded in Afghanistan, through the pictures. Roula Paschali told the San Diego Union-Tribune that she expected routine tourist snapshots when she checked out the camera's memory card on her computer.

A Colorado judge says he won't give a liquor license to the Cheba Hut sub shop, saying he doesn't like the use of marijuana humor in its marketing. Despite no opposition from neighbors and no record of police problems at its location near the University of Northern Colorado campus in Greeley, Judge Robert Frick, the city's lone liquor-license authority, denied owner Scott Jennings a license, The Denver Post reported Tuesday. This restaurant is founded upon the principles and theme of the illegal drug marijuana and incorporates other illegal controlled-substance-related themes, Frick said in his ruling, perhaps referring to Cheba Hut's motto, Welcome to Cheba Hut.

The Michigan owners of a 6-pound chihuahua carried away by high winds credit a pet psychic with guiding them back to the dog. Dorothy Utley, 72, of Rochester, Mich., said the chihuahua, Tinker Bell, was carried away by 70 mph winds Saturday at the Dixieland Flea Market in Waterford, Mich., The Detroit News reported Tuesday. Utley said her husband and more than 50 volunteers joined the search for Tinker Bell but it wasn't until after she spoke with a pet psychic from Holly, Mich., that she found her dog about three-quarters of a mile from the flea market in a wooded field. That dog was so happy, Utley said.

TV and film star Mr. T showed up for jury duty at Cook County Criminal Court in Chicago and wound up signing autographs and posing for pictures. Mr.

Sen. Roland Burris introduced fellow Illinois Democrat Sen.

Word of the Day
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.