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Oddities News Archive - April 29, 2009

A British letter carrier got an unpleasant surprise when a venomous snake lurking in a post box bit him on the hand. Alan Wakley told the Burnham & Highbridge Weekly News he is sure the snake, small and olive-green in color, was an adder.

A Massachusetts principal has been placed on indefinite leave for peddling her romance novel on school grounds, officials say. Beth Gannon was removed from her job at the Henry K.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police say it took a suspected Toronto drug mule three weeks to excrete 76 tampon-sized packets of cocaine into a bedpan. Hatim Gulamhusein, 48, was arrested April 7 at Toronto's international airport after arriving on a flight from Buenos Aires, Argentina, RCMP Cpl.

Police arrested a 70-year-old man in Siesta Key, Fla., for protesting the use of brown replacement sand on a beach of white sand, his wife says. Anne Overbeck said her husband, Jim, was arrested when he threw his body on top of a pile of the brown sand to stop a bulldozer from blending the off-color

Police in Wyoming said a woman arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen property had a pilfered barrel of cinnamon bear candies in her hotel room. Investigators said they responded to a 911 call from a Days Inn hotel room in Casper at about 8:20 p.m.

Police in Minnesota said a semi pulling a trailer full of leftover chicken parts from slaughter spilled onto the streets of Winona. Officers said the trailer load of inedible chicken skimmings, including heads and feathers, wound up covering Main Street between Sarnia and Howard streets at about 1:15 p.m.

A British store said a mother duck built her nest in its back yard and led her ducklings on a march through the shop, across a street and into a river. Workers at the Kidney Research U.K. charity store in St.

A British woman who changed her name to Pudsey Bear to raise $5,900 for a children's charity said authorities refused to issue her a passport in her new name. Bear, 37, born Eileen De Bont, legally changed her name to that of the BBC Children in Need mascot to raise money for the organization and updated documents including her driver's license, tax forms and credit cards to her new moniker, The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday. The British Identity and Passport service told Bear in a letter that it would not issue her a passport in the new name because it was a frivolous change. It is deemed to be a frivolous change of name, which would bring IPS into disrepute.

A woman browsing cars at a Florida dealership discovered an 8-foot-7-inch alligator next to a vehicle she was planning to test drive, witnesses said. Michael Chaparro, 24, a salesman at Sun Toyota in New Port Richey, said he called 911 after customer Denise Anderson, 33, spotted the mammoth reptile Tuesday morning near a Toyota Sequoia, the St.