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Oddities News Archive - June 14, 2009

Nearly naked cyclists in Toronto, Washington, New York and other cities said their annual World Naked Bike Ride was a protest against oil dependency. Nudity is always a good way to get someone's attention, Chris Bracken, 24, a rider in Washington told Sunday's Washington Post. The event dating back to 2001 is called a naked bike ride, but laws against indecency forced riders to cover themselves creatively with latex paint or ride scantily clad, The Toronto Sun reported of Saturday's ride, which took place in 25 countries and 70 cities. We want to get people out of their cars and onto bikes, Paul Nocera, 48, an organizer of the ride in New York, told The New York Daily News. The ride, also in Los Angeles, London, Montreal and Albany and Portland, Ore., appeared variously to puzzle, irritate and delight bystanders. I'm waiting for naked men.

A Lisle, Ill., woman who found $5,000 in the back seat of a Chicago taxi says the driver began running up the fare once she told him what she'd found. He wouldn't let me out of the car, Ginny Narsete told the Chicago Sun-Times in a story published Sunday. Narsete, 57, was taking the cab to the train station in Chicago Thursday night when she noticed a bag with the logo of La Bamba, a Mexican restaurant with 19 locations, including one in downtown Chicago.

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The switch from analog to digital television may have saved the life of a World War II veteran in Memphis when lightning knocked down a tree in his yard.

A unique U.S. stamp stolen in 1967 and recovered almost 40 years later has sold at auction for more than $400,000, the auctioneer said Sunday. Dr. Arthur K.M. Woo, a prominent collector, bought the Ice House Cover, Scott Trepel, president of Robert A.

When dolphins tire of manmade toys, they have no problem with using baby sharks as a volleyball, officials at a Florida research center said. The activity triggers a scramble for staff to rescue the sharks at the Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key, 58 miles north of Key West, Media Relations Coordinator Mary Stella told UPI on a recent visit. The center has 90,000 square feet of lagoons on the Gulf of Mexico.

Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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