Oddities News Archive - April 09, 2009

Polish police arrested a 26-year-old man for stealing a toilet paper roll from a Warsaw restaurant, a crime that could cost him 10 years in jail. The man, identified only as Edvin L., stole the paper roll worth 66 cents but in taking it he broke the box holding the roll, making the total damage $105, the Polish daily Dziennik said.

The lyrics to three popular songs were altered to promote cleanliness and shopping at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, an official says. Doug Strachan, City of Atlanta Department of Aviation creative innovations manager, said the songs targeted for a clean makeover were Shake Your Groove Thing by Peaches and Herb, Bustin' Loose by Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers and Fantastic Voyage by Lakeside, CNN reported Thursday. After the makeover by Strachan, the songs became Keep It Opening Day Fresh, We're Steady Cleaning Up, and Our New Concessions, respectively. While the songs keep their basic musical melody, the new lyrics reflect the Atlanta airport's desire for clean facilities and increased business at the site's dining and shopping facilities. Strachan appeared confident the unique marketing effort will prove fruitful. Whereas words reach the mind, music reaches the heart, he told CNN.

A Honda official says the new Element sport utility vehicle from the Japanese automobile group was created with pet safety in mind. Honda senior product planner James Jenkins said the Element, which was unveiled Wednesday at the International Auto Show in New York, features a retractable ramp for and mesh safety restraints for furry passengers, the New York Post said Thursday. What we wanted was to enhance on pet safety, Jenkins said after the vehicle debuted at the Jacob K.

Police in Texas said they have arrested a man who allegedly stabbed another man for passing gas in the hotel room they were sharing. A release from the Waco, Texas, Police Department said Jose Braule Ramirez, 33, and Juan Antonio Salano Castellano, 35, were alone in the Clarion Inn room they were sharing with two other men when Castellano passed gas, which upset Ramirez to the point he picked up a large knife and threw it at Castellano, striking him in the leg, The Waco Tribune reported Thursday. Ramirez then allegedly walked to Castellano, picked up the knife and stabbed the man in the left side of his chest. Castellano was taken to the Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center.

City officials in Winfield, Mo., said the four-member board of aldermen must choose a new mayor after the incumbent was posthumously re-elected. Harry Stonebraker, who was elected to a fourth term Tuesday, died at the age of 69 on March 11, the day after the state deadline for removing deceased candidates from ballots, the Hannibal (Mo.) Courier-Post reported Thursday. It's a situation we've never had before, City Clerk Cindy Hemmer said. She said Stonebraker won by a landslide in the election, with 205 votes out 231 ballots cast. That speaks for what they thought of him as mayor, Hemmer said. Alderman Bernie Panther, the only challenge on the ballot, declined to comment on whether he would seek the job when the board meets Monday to choose a new mayor. I don't know what's going to happen, Panther said.

The Swedish Tax Authority says it is targeting Web cam strippers who fail to report their Internet income when filing their taxes. Officials with the agency said an estimated 300 to 500 people earn money online by disrobing and performing sex acts that are posted to the Internet, and all but one of the 200 individuals identified by officials have not declared their income, Swedish News Agency TT reported Thursday. Young people are usually seen as poorly informed about how to file their taxes.


Fifteen men were camped outside a Las Vegas store in anticipation of buying sneakers created in part by rapper Kanye West, a nearby store's employee says.

A Florida high school baseball coach has been relieved of his duties while authorities investigate allegations of a snake-killing ritual. Palm Harbor University High School second baseman Zach Sobel said players got the idea to kill a snake after coach Jeremy Albrecht attributed recent loses to the team being snake-bitten, the St.

Georgia authorities said a thief has stolen about 100 storm grates -- each weighing 200 pounds -- from Atlanta expressways to sell as scrap metal. The Georgia Department of Transportation said the perpetrator, believed by investigators to be a black man in his 50s or 60s, first started taking the cast-iron

A New Mexico judge ordered a 6-year-old boy to attend traffic school after his mother was ticketed for driving while his seat belt was unbuckled. The boy's mother, who was identified only as Jessica, asked Los Lunas Magistrate Judge John Sanchez to help her teach her son the importance of seat belt

Word of the Day
  • A young chicken: also used as a pet name for children.
The word 'chickabiddy' may come from 'chick' plus 'biddy', a name used in calling a hen or chicken.