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Oddities News Archive - April 05, 2009

Parents complain that their 11-year-old children got a lesson in swear words at an English school. The parents -- whose children attend St. Laurence School in Bradford on Avon in Wiltshire in southwest England -- said many of the youngsters were upset.

Dozens of dogs, from Chihuahuas to Great Danes, eagerly searched for tasty treats at this weekend's Canine Easter Egg Hunt in Troy, Ill., a veterinarian said. Veterinarian Karen Selbert admitted while Saturday's dog-eat-dog egg hunt does raise some eyebrows among the general public, it was an entertaining activity for canines and their owners, the St.

Artist Simon Cassini says he and his wife Sheba were allowed to officially name their London home Love Shack thanks to a backyard barbecue. Cassini, 51, said while the Richmond Council had concerns the name Love Shack would mislead emergency workers, firefighters easily located their home while responding to a call of a possible backyard fire, The Sunday Telegraph reported. Richmond Council would not let us change the name of our house because in the event of an incident involving the emergency services, they would not know which house to go to, Cassini said. However they managed to locate the roaring inferno of a barbecue in our back garden within 5 minutes. After fire officials said they had no concerns the Love Shack designation would have them searching for an actual shack in an emergency situation, the couple's name request was approved. The Telegraph said the artists chose the name for their Eel Pie Island home based on a song of the same name by a rock band, The B52s.

An African Grey parrot must appear in a Florida court as part of a civil lawsuit over its rightful owner, a judge says. Palm Beach County Judge James Martz ordered the $2,000 parrot to appear in his court Monday to help decide which Boca Raton, Fla., woman owns the bird, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Saturday. On one side of the legal battle is 52-year-old Angela Colicheski, who insists she purchased the parrot 13 years ago.

A shopkeeper in Stockholm, Sweden, says her sales dispute with Runar Sogaard ended with the celebrity evangelist paying her entirely in coins. Wedding supplier Anna Thunell said after reporting Sogaard's $830 debt to an enforcement agency, the motivational speaker arrived at her store with 13,200 coins to fulfill his debt, The Local reported Saturday. It sounded like chains shaking, this is not the correct way to behave, Thunell said of last week's payment. While Thunell now has her payment, the shopkeeper admits she has been unable to transport the coins to the bank for deposit. The bags are too heavy, she told the Local. Sogaard, who was once married to Eurovision performer Carola Haggkvist, incurred the debt as a result of satin boxes he purchased for his recent wedding.

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A message left in a bottle in 1913 has been found on the shores of the Spokane River in Washington.

Word of the Day
jument
  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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