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Oddities News Archive - April 07, 2009

An Australian family said a pet dog that fell overboard from a yacht survived by swimming 5 nautical miles and feeding on wild goats for four months. Jan and Dave Griffith said they were cruising off the east coast of Australia on their yacht in November when their cattle dog, Sophie Tucker, fell overboard in rough waters, The Times of London reported Tuesday. The Griffiths said Sophie apparently swam through shark-infested waters to St.

Police said a suburban Chicago man arrested after a home invasion robbery admitted to perpetrating the crime to buy diapers for his baby. Authorities said Jeremy Humphrey, 21, knocked on a Park Forest, Ill., family's door at 8 a.m., March 15, brandished a semi-automatic handgun and shoved the female homeowner into a wall, the Southtownstar reported Tuesday. He had his hood up, Park Forest Police Cpl.

The president of Maryland's Towson University said he has moved his monthly study break meeting with students to the virtual world of Second Life. President Robert Caret said he holds the meetings every month to allow students to ask questions and voice concerns, and his very first virtual meeting last week attracted more than 30 students and faculty members -- record numbers for the meetings, The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday. I thought having one of the study breaks in Second Life, we'd probably get a different group of students, said Caret, who also uses Facebook, a blog and a podcast to communicate with students. LaTonya Dyer, an instructional designer and trainer at Towson University, said the online meeting came after several professors at the school posted office hours on Second Life, which has 1 million users globally. Towson student government president Kristen Guy, 21, who organizes the monthly meetings, said the Second Life study break was a complete success. When I saw how

A Missouri woman said her family's dog was found wandering the streets two days after he was stolen along with her sport utility vehicle. Karen Dahlke said the dog, Lucky, lived up to his name when he was found in Grandview, Mo., two days after the SUV was stolen from outside of a Bonner Springs convenience store with the canine inside, the Kansas City (Mo.) Star reported Tuesday. He is really, really sore and has lost a little weight, Dahlke said.

Data released by the New York Police Department shows summonses for public urination have increased while marijuana possession busts decreased. Court summons counts from the past four years released by the department show there were 4,161 public urination summonses issued between July 1 and Dec.

Officials with North Carolina's Brunswick County said they have decided to ban nude sunbathing on Bird Island. The county Board of Commissioners said Monday that Commissioner Marty Cooke will work with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Department to post a sign on the island, which is a popular destination

The Oregon National Primate Research Center said nine Japanese macaque monkeys that escaped during routine cleaning have been returned to their enclosure. The center, located in Hillsboro, Ore., said the monkeys escaped Friday when a worker closed the door to the male monkeys' home but forgot to fasten the lock, The (Portland) Oregonian reported Tuesday. The one (worker) who made the mistake has been here many, many years and is a very good employee, said Jim Newman, a spokesman for Oregon Health & Science University, which operates the primate center. The center's head veterinarian, C.J.

A Texas restaurant cook said a customer called police after complaining that her shrimp fried rice did not have the extra shrimp that she requested. Cook June Lee of A&D Buffalo's in Haltom City said the woman, who was at the restaurant with her boyfriend, called for a patrol officer at about 3 p.m.

A Wisconsin man who got lost while bicycling home from a party got help from police who tracked him by the GPS chip in his cell phone. La Crosse police also gave the man a ticket after discovering that his blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. The man told police he had been drinking in a bar and then went on to a house party.

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Police in New York state said 74 tubes of lip gloss with an estimated value of $1,200 were stolen from a Victoria's Secret store inside of a Clarkstown mall.

Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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