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Oddities News Archive - June 11, 2009

The owner of Arnold's Lobster and Clam Bar in Eastham, Mass, says he is excited to count a rare orange-and-yellow lobster among the site's residents.

A New York Department of Correction source says a wealthy inmate held a lavish bar mitzvah celebration for his son despite being incarcerated. The anonymous source said Tuvia Stern, jailed for perpetrating financial scams and jumping bail, celebrated his son's bar mitzvah at a New York jail with nearly 60 guests for six hours last December, the New York Post reported Thursday. I've never seen, in my career, anything as stupid as this, the insider said of the Dec.

A New York man says a complete stranger he met online is set to donate a kidney to him and give him a new lease on life. Anthony Cottman of New York's Brooklyn borough said Pittsburgh resident Nancy Murrell is a special person for agreeing to donate her kidney to a stranger is in desperate need for one, the New York Daily News reported Thursday. It feels as though we've known each other in some other lifetime, Cottman, 45, said of Murrell, 47. I think she is special and unique.

A Georgia couple said the excitement they felt at winning $5,000 in the lottery was nothing compared to the thrill of winning $1 million the next week. Karen Hill, 34, of Villa Roca, said she was pleased when her husband, Chuck, came home with a $5,000 Weekly WinFall ticket, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Thursday. I never thought in a million years that I'd win anything, even the $5,000, Hill said.

Boston real estate officials said an anonymous buyer set a new city record by paying $300,000 for a private parking space. Listing Information Network, which tracks the real estate market in Boston, said the price tag makes the spot, which is located in the upscale Back Bay neighborhood, the most expensive to be sold in the city, the Boston Globe reported Thursday. Debra Sordillo, the Coldwell sales agent who handled the parking spot account, said the original asking price of $250,000 was driven up by a bidding war that brought it to the record-breaking $300,000 total. Sordillo said the sale is an indication of the difficulty people have parking near the city's Public Garden. There's only so many parking spaces in the city, Sordillo said.

A New York juror who told the judge the case was moving so slow that people are falling asleep was removed from the jury. Eilene Block, 47, who was serving on the jury for the trial of a man accused of hitting a 16-year-old with his Jet Ski, wrote in a letter to Supreme Court Justice Deborah Dowling that she did not believe she would be able to continue as an impartial juror in the slow-moving case after it was announced that the three week trial would extend into another week, the New York Daily News reported Thursday. Things go on and on and on and on endlessly and I don't see the value in it and people are asleep, Block wrote. Block wrote that she was particularly incensed by the prosecution's two-day cross-examination of an accident reconstruction expert. I'm infuriated to the point where I am no longer able to serve as an objective juror, Block wrote.

Police in Michigan said a man accused of taking a woman's keys and rifling through her car was wearing nothing but his boxer shorts and a purple bra. The Rockford District Court heard Sparta resident Lisa Collins woke up Tuesday at about 5 a.m.

Colorado resident Bill Vickery says seeing his classic 1969 Pontiac Firebird crushed beneath a fire truck marked the end of a nearly life-long relationship. The Denver Post said Thursday Vickery's beloved car ended up under the 48,000-pound truck after the fire truck lost partial contact with the road and tumbled down a nearby hill, eventually landing atop of the Firebird. For Vickery, Tuesday's accident near Evergreen, Colo., left him missing a vehicle he had loved and cared for since he was a teenager. It's gone everywhere with me since I was 16, said Vickery, who bought the car for nearly $1,200 in 1980.

Authorities said a false alarm of a man overboard from a Washington state ferry was likely caused by a floating log that resembled the outline of a man. Petty Officer Colin White, spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard in Seattle, said passengers on the M.V.

A Houston business owner said in his lawsuit against the city that his rights were violated by the arbitrary enforcement of city sign codes. Jim Purtee, owner of Houston Balloons & Promotions, argues in his suit that the city has been arbitrary in its enforcement of a 1993 ordinance that limited the days giant novelty balloons such as the ones he sells at his shop -- like gorillas, Santa Claus and other shapes -- could be displayed and banned the objects from bearing business-specific messages, the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday. Purtee claims a disproportionate number of his customers have been targeted by the ordinance, which the city stopped enforcing when he filed his lawsuit in 2006. It cost us a lot of money and it wasn't incidental, he said. Susan Luycx, the city's sign administrator, admitted Wednesday to U.S.

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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