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Oddities News Archive - April 08, 2009

Mysterious sticky black tar balls showed up on a Southern California beach this past weekend, enough to fill a 55-gallon drum, officials say. The U.S.

Drug store chain Walgreens has thrown dirt on selling a Chia Obama plant novelty in its stores, deciding to remove the item from its shelves. We decided to pull the product because it didn't fit with our corporate image, Walgreens spokesman Robert Elfinger said in a company statement.

A uniform cap worn by the Baltimore Orioles at least once a week features an apparent typo, a sports expert says. Paul Lukas, the Uni Watch blogger for ESPN.com, said the MLB baseball team's O's alternative cap features an upside down and backward apostrophe, The Sun newspaper in Baltimore said Wednesday. Now, I realize an argument can be made that there shouldn't be an apostrophe there at all, because plurals don't take apostrophes, Lukas said online.

One of the partners behind a St. Louis restaurant says he is thrilled with U.S. President Barack Obama's request for a pizza feast from the eatery. Ryan Mangialardo, who founded St.

An increasing number of Canadians are using technology to flirt and break up relations ships, a poll for Motorola Canada indicates. In polls of 2,004 adults conducted by Angus Reid Strategies, 32 percent of respondents in the 18-34 age bracket said they would flirt using instant messages and 35 percent said they would on the Facebook social Web site. Among those 55 or older, the percentage fell to 15 percent for Facebook and 12 percent for instant messaging, the company said in a release. When it comes to breaking up, 35 percent of Canadians asked said they would choose to break up with someone over the phone or in person.

A spokesman for the Oregon Travel Information Council says his group misidentified the Western United States' oldest apple tree. The unidentified spokesman said while a recent council news release identified the Dosch Yellow Bellflower Apple tree in Portland, Ore., as the region's oldest apple tree, that honor actually belongs elsewhere, The Oregonian newspaper in Portland reported. The oldest apple tree in the Pacific Northwest actually is in the Old Apple Tree Park in Vancouver, Wash.

Police in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., say a convenience store robber with a pattern of wearing bright shorts under saggy pants has struck again. Investigators said the gun-toting suspect, who during his robberies wears red shorts with a white strip under saggy black pants, robbed a 7-Eleven store Saturday, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Wednesday. The man, who is described as 6-feet-tall and in his mid-20s, previously robbed two other 7-Eleven stores Dec.

Police in Florida say a car theft suspect was arrested after his alleged victim saw the missing vehicle posted for sale on Web site Craigslist. Boynton Beach, Fla., police said the victim saw a vehicle that appeared similar to his stolen 1970 Chevy Chevelle listed on the Web site and he made arrangements with the poster, William Jones, 20, to look at the car, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Wednesday. The victim contacted police after determining that the car was his and officers arrested Jones Monday.

Florida wildlife officials said it is not uncommon for territorial mockingbirds or red-shouldered hawks to hit humans in the back of their heads. Officials said they receive a handful of calls around this time of year, the breeding and nesting season for many birds, about hawks and mockingbirds causing minor injuries by striking people, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported Wednesday. We hear it a lot with mockingbirds, said Joy Hill, spokeswoman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Maryland lawmakers decided this year not to alter the official state song, but some legislators said they are hoping to change portions in the future. Senate President Thomas V.