Oddities News Archive - April 06, 2009

Police in Florida said they arrested a man after he allegedly threw a dead fish that struck a boater in the head. Richard Hughes Corley, 39, was arrested and charged with a felony count of throwing a missile into a vehicle and a misdemeanor count of battery after the late Saturday incident in Fort Pierce, TCPalm.com reported Monday. The alleged victim and two witnesses told police Corley was fishing with a large group on the North Bridge and had asked the man to move his boat. The man, who refused to move his vehicle, claims he overheard Corley say: I will make him move his boat. Corley then allegedly threw a fish that appeared to have been cut in half and it struck the man in the head before falling to the deck of his boat. Witnesses said Corley used his fishing line to reel the fish back out of the boat.

An actor was taken to a court in Poland charged with killing and eating a lobster and then drowning a hamster on a theater stage, a report said. Spanish actor and director Rodrigo Garcia, performing at the 13th Annual Europe Theater Prize in the southwestern city of Wroclaw, was accused of torturing,

A New York teacher's aide is suing an 11-year-old boy, claiming he knocked her down and injured her back while running for ice cream. Rosanna Tomack, 62, is suing Joseph Cicack in a New York Supreme Court after an incident that took place in 2006, when the boy was 8 years old, the New York Post reported Monday. Edmond Chakmakian, Tomack's lawyer, said his client required spinal fusion surgery and has been unable to return to work since Cicack ran into her and knocked her down at the city's Public School 94. It's a legitimate case, Chakmakian told the Post.

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Detroit police foiled plans for an impromptu pillow fight at Campus Martius Park by confiscating pillows from the would-be participants. People who showed up for the Saturday event, one of at least 50 scheduled around the world using social networking Web sites, said officers were stationed at the park and confiscated pillows prior to the brawl's planned 4 p.m.

Two California men said they raised $3,000 for a charity that builds wells in Africa by simply growing out their beards and soliciting donations. Friends Jon Sontag and Greg Miller of San Jose, Calif., said they hatched their beard-growing scheme last fall at a bachelor party and decided to chronicle their whiskers on the Internet, the San Jose Mercury News reported Monday. The men said they added a PayPal link to the Web site so users could donate to Water Wells for Africa.


A Nebraska woman said a woodchuck that found its way under the hood of her car caused $1,800 in damage to the vehicle.

A walking horse trainer's desire to ride in Tennessee's Mule Day Parade was fulfilled this past weekend -- months after he died. The ashes of James Carson, who died last May at the age of 83, were aboard a wagon pulled in Saturday's parade by Shorty, a 6-foot-6 mule believed to be the tallest his species has to offer, the Columbia (Tenn.) Daily Herald reported Monday. Friends of Carson, who outlived all of his close family members, described the man as an animal lover who had long wanted to participate in Columbia's Mule Day Parade. He was a good man, said former neighbor Martha Derryberry.

Police in Florida said a 14-year-old girl was arrested after she allegedly threw a bag of pretzels at a sergeant and twice tossed her shoe at an officer. Investigators said Beth Maynard, 14, was one of several patients under police supervision Thursday night at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute in Fort Pierce, TCPalm.com reported Monday. Police did not say why the girl was in the hospital. The police report of the incident says Maynard walked around with an attitude and threatened to strike an officer with her shoe if he did not stop looking at her. The teenager continued to give the officer dirty looks and twice threw her shoe at him, hitting the officer's foot, the report says.

District councilors in Wanganui, New Zealand, have voted to allow the citizens to decide whether the city's name should instead be spelled Whanganui. The councilors decided Monday to put the question to the voters after the local Geographic Board said 10 days earlier that the current spelling, which

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  • A woman chauffeur.
  • A woman who operates an automobile.
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