Oddities News Archive - April 04, 2009

Organizers of a new talent show called Britain's Most Talented Pet say they have found a dog that can mow the lawn and play the piano. The Ultimate Pet Show competition organizers said Hope the German shepherd can place his front paws on a lawn mower's handle and push the machine along like a human

Officials in Milwaukee say a 5-foot crocodile and a 14-foot python were among the animals found inside a south side home. Officials said the home's unidentified owner had been keeping the large reptiles along with two monitor lizards, four snapping turtles and five additional snakes, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Friday. The animals were found inside the home Friday by police officers, who were at the home for unspecified reasons. Milwaukee police spokeswoman Anne E.

An 87-year-old woman in England had to be rescued by police when her mobility scooter sped out of control.

A nonagenarian Englishman says he truly enjoyed jumping from an airplane to raise money for the Royal National Life-Boat Institution. George Moyse of Bournemouth, who turns 98 Wednesday, said following his inaugural 10,000-foot leap he will likely enjoy the thrill of sky diving again, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday. It was lovely.

An Italian lap dancer-turned-nun will perform in front of a group of Roman Catholic cardinals and bishops. Anna Nobili, 38, who gave up years of exotic dancing in Milan after a 2002 visit to the shrine of St.

Wine served at faculty recruitment dinners and other functions at the University of California in San Francisco can cost up to $75 a bottle, school rules allow. The San Francisco Chronicle reported the school's new rules say it will only reimburse a maximum of $75 per bottle of wine, or $15 per glass.

Two members of the Canadian Parliament say they returned to the wild a beaver they spotted on a busy downtown Ottawa street. The Ottawa Citizen reported Saturday that Liberal Members of Parliament Mark Eyking and Rodger Cuzner took the furry creature back to the Ottawa River. We're in the capital as MPs so we figured we had a duty here.

Andre Iguodala had 31 points and nine rebounds Saturday to power the Philadelphia 76ers' 95-90 victory over the Detroit Pistons. Philadelphia is fifth in the NBA Eastern Conference, 2 1/2 games behind fourth-place Atlanta and a half game ahead of sixth-place Miami. Andre Miller added 21 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for Philadelphia, which won its third straight game and sixth of its last eight. Rodney Stuckey scored 23 points for the Pistons, who lost their third straight and sixth in their last eight games.

Word of the Day
  • A ceramic container used inside a fuel-fired kiln to protect pots from the flame.
The word 'saggar' may come from 'safeguard'.