Oddities News Archive - April 03, 2009

The Montreal hotel suite where John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged an eight-day in-bed protest for peace 40 years ago can now be booked for $599. The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel and the city of Montreal have announced plans to commemorate John and Yoko's 1969 stay that ended with the release of the song

An Illinois man who pleaded guilty to severely beating his cat has been sentenced to one year in jail and 30 months of probation. Lake County Circuit Judge John Phillips also sentenced Jack Henderson, who was originally charged with animal torture but pleaded guilty Feb.

A Florida symphony orchestra hopes to find a new audience by offering three 20-minute concerts Friday with ticket prices set at $2.50. People who attend all three concerts by the New World Symphony in Miami Beach will get an hour's worth of music for less than the price of a movie, The Miami Herald reports.

Organizers of Michigan's 38th annual Ann Arbor Hash Bash said this year's event falls on the same day the state's medical marijuana law takes effect. Adam Brook of Detroit, who is acting as emcee for the event for the 19th time, said medical marijuana will be a hot topic at the cannabis smoking event Saturday, The Ann Arbor News reported Friday. The Hash Bash started as a smoke-in, and really is a smoke-in, Brook said.

Golf courses in Scotland, the country where the sport was born, are trying to woo new members with relaxed dress codes. Scottish Golf Union officials wore blue jeans and T-shirts to announce the plan at the Hilton Park course near Glasgow, Scotland, The Scotsman reported.

Some parents are calling for a Michigan teen dance club to be shut down after it hosted a bikini contest for girls as young as 16. Police said Primal the Club of South Lyon did not violate any laws with the March 28 contest, which offered $500 in prizes, and city officials said club owners have tossed plans for similar contests in the future, the Detroit Free Press reported Friday. However, some parents are calling for the establishment, which can draw hundreds of teens between the ages of 14 and 19 on weekends, to be shut down. People are angry and they want it out of the community, said parent and South Lyon resident Abe Ayoub, who said his 14-year-old daughter is not allowed to go to the club. It's a training ground for kids as to what the bar scene is like, said Mayor John Doyle, who added the club crossed the line with the contest. Jeff LaFave, one of the dance club's owners, said the bikini contest was designed as a 1980s throwback. Apparently, there's been some backlash, LaFave

Reports of ghosts at a Scottish castle have been bolstered by the discovery of a 32-year-old photo that appears to depict an apparition. The picture, which emerged after a photo taken last May appeared to show a figure in a Tudor dress at the Tantallon Castle, was taken at the same castle 32 years ago by Edinburgh resident Grace Lamb, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday. Lamb said the photo depicts her husband and their two children standing in front of the castle while a figure that appears to be a woman watches from an opening above the window. Professor Richard Wiseman of Hertfordshire University, who describes himself as a skeptic, hailed Lamb's photo as a fascinating discovery. I am skeptical about ghosts but this is a great find, he said to The Daily Telegraph.

The Queen of England has become a YouTube sensation after footage from Buckingham Palace appeared to show her lose her temper with Italy's prime minister. The video, from an official photo call at the end of the Group of 20 summit, depicts Queen Elizabeth asking: What is it? Why does he have to shout? after Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi yells a booming greeting to U.S.

Some employees of the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico have complained after the federal government canceled a water delivery contract. Federal officials ended the lab's contract March 31 with Santa Fe, N.M., business The Water Man after the officials determined that bottled water is not a necessary business expense due to the availability of tap water, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Friday. "It's a federal requirement that an agency may not use bottled water for employees where water is potable," lab spokeswoman Nancy Ambrosiano said. The announcement yielded a large number of anonymous posts on Web site LANL: The Rest of the Story. "We live in a desert and 99 percent of the buildings have unsatisfactory and undrinkable water supply.

Authorities in Germany said they have discovered the skeleton of a man who shot himself while atop a tree 29 years ago. Police in Landshut, Germany, said the remains of the 69-year-old man, who was reported missing during the summer of 1980, were found 36 feet up in a tree next to a gun, The Daily Telegraph

Word of the Day
  • To befool; deceive; balk; jilt.
  • An illusion; a trick; a cheat.
The word 'begunk' may come from a nasalised variant of Scots begeck ("to deceive, disappoint"), equivalent to be- +‎ geck.