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Oddities News Archive - June 01, 2009

A Washington watchdog group applauded a new labeling rule governing food coloring made from insect parts but its leaders still want the substance banned. The U.S.

A New York man who lived in an IKEA store for a week says he is now targeting his irrational fear of flying by remaining on an airplane for a full month. Mark Malkoff, who made headlines last year for living in one of the Swedish home products giant's stores for a week, said he struck a deal with budget airline Airtran to allow him to spend a month taking as many as 12 flights per day, the New York Post reported Monday. Malkoff said he plans to spend as much time as possible on the plane during the month-long odyssey, which began Monday with a flight from New York to Atlanta. The only time I might get off is if I have to switch planes.

A New York man who lived in an IKEA store for a week says he is targeting his irrational fear of flying by remaining on an airplane for a full month. Mark Malkoff, who made headlines last year for living in one of the Swedish home products giant's stores for a week, said he struck a deal with budget airline Airtran to allow him to spend a month taking as many as 12 flights per day, the New York Post reported Monday. Malkoff said he plans to spend as much time as possible on the plane during the monthlong odyssey, which began Monday with a flight from New York to Atlanta. The only time I might get off is if I have to switch planes.

Officials in Cincinnati have revealed plans to allow drivers of all-electric vehicles to park for free -- a program that will benefit at least eight locals. The parking program, part of the Green Cincinnati Initiative, began Monday and will allow electric vehicles displaying city-issued stickers to park without charge next to city parking meters and in four downtown parking garages, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported. City officials said an informal survey of residents found eight all-electric vehicles in the city.

A Memphis woman who found a 1929 high school class ring while raking leaves in a lot said she traced the item back to its 97-year-old owner. Misty White said she found the Central High School ring, which bore the initials AMM, while raking a lot as part of a Save Libertyland event for cleaning defunct amusement park Libertyland, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported Monday. Something made me keep raking leaves, White said.

A Connecticut bride who spotted a house on fire rushed into the home in her wedding dress and helped the family inside escape, witnesses said. Hanifah Bost said she was driving new bride Georgette Clemons, of Bridgeport, from the Testo's restaurant that hosted the reception for her wedding just before 5:30 p.m.

The pilot of a small plane that became lodged in an oak tree while headed for a Florida airport said the plane will likely have to be dismantled to free it. The pilot of the Cessna 172 that crashed into the tree Sunday while en route to the Sarasota Airport said the plane experienced engine trouble

A British man who admitted to biting another man's ear off while dressed in a chicken suit was sentenced to 15 months in jail. James Key, 20, admitted in Lincoln Crown Court to attacking the Benjamin Miller, 23, after chasing him from a nightclub in Horncastle, England, The Sun reported Monday. Key,

Police in Syracuse, N.Y., say an antique shop owner found more than $250,000 in plastic bags beside the street outside his business. David Jenks, owner of the Syracuse Antique Exchange said the store was open past its usual 5 p.m.

Authorities in Florida said an online posting purporting to offer an unwed mother's 18-month-old child for sale has been found to be a hoax. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office spokesman J.D.

Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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