Oddities News Archive - June 16, 2009

Members of a Rhode Island beach association hope a dead humpback whale will wash up in time to be decently buried before the beach opens for the summer. The whale has been drifting towards Briggs Beach in Little Compton for more than a week, the Providence Journal reported.

A Maine mother said her son's school superintendent denied him a diploma for bowing and blowing a kiss on the graduation stage. Mary Denney said her son, Justin, was told by Superintendent Suzanne Lukas at the Bonny Eagle High School graduation ceremony to get off the stage without his diploma after he took a bow and blew a kiss to his mother from the stage, WMTW-TV, Portland, Maine, reported Tuesday. Denney said she and her son were both required to sign a code of conduct before the Friday night graduation at the Cumberland County Civic Center but she does not believe his actions qualified as an infraction. There was no misbehavior.

Oklahoma City police said a woman arrested at a Target store had shoved nearly $1,000 worth of Blu-ray discs into her pants. Investigators said they were called to the Target store at about 8:35 a.m.

Police in Florida said an absent-minded burglar left an important piece of evidence at the scene of his alleged crime -- his wallet. Palatka police said employees of the Putnam County school bus garage said the facility was burglarized at some point between Friday night and Monday morning, The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union reported Tuesday. The workers told police the burglar took a safe, two computers, computer screens and multiple hand tools, but he also left two things behind: a knife and a wallet. Police said they followed the ID inside the wallet to Daniel Gibbs, 35, who was found to be in possession of the stolen safe at his home.

Officials involved in preserving fish in the Chicago River said the Fish Hotel, a series of underwater islands made of fish food, has opened for a fifth season. Margaret Frisbie, executive director of Friends of the Chicago River, said the Fish Hotel, which from outside of the water looks like a garden

Police in Oregon said they spent thousands of dollars searching for a man reported missing who turned out to be on a camping trip. Cornelius Police Cmdr. Ed Jensen said the U.S.

A down-on-her-luck Florida woman who listed herself on eBay as an employee for hire said the posting was flagged and removed from the site. Sherry Campbell, of Spring Hill, said she works at a local car dealership but she has to pay the company back part of her $7.21 per hour wage if she does not sell a car, causing her to miss this month's rent payment, WTSP-TV, Tampa, Fla., reported Tuesday. Campbell, a mother of four, said she listed herself on eBay as an employee for hire with a starting bid -- or starting salary -- of 99 cents.

Authorities in Florida said paramedics and veterinarians rescued a 3-month-old calf that fell down a 12-foot-deep well. Marion County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Peveeta Persaud said Thomas Wesley Harrell went to feed his cows early Monday morning when he discovered the female calf had fallen down the well, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported Tuesday. Daniel Jodoin, a paramedic with the Marion County Fire Rescue, was the first to be lowered into the well to examine the animal and report on the size of the well's opening, Persaud said. She said Dr.

A Virginia family believes the black ring they saw in the sky during a trip to an amusement park was a sign from God. Officials at Kings Dominion, a theme park near Fredericksburg, say the ring Denna Smith and her family spotted Monday was smoke from the Volcano ride, WAVY-TV, Portsmouth, reported. Smith told the television station the ring was perfectly round and so tight it was like a cut in the middle of the sky, that it did not look like smoke.

Three recession-hit New Yorkers said they have found a way to keep living in the city they love: They each pay $100 a month to pitch a tent in a friend's yard. New York University graduates Louis Frank, 22, and Simon Levy, 22, and their pal Emerson Brown, 22, said their friend, who lives in a $2,250-per-month duplex apartment with five other people in the city's Brooklyn borough, allows them the three one-man tents in the back yard plus kitchen and bathroom privileges for the monthly fee, the New York Post reported Tuesday. We're trying to make ends meet at a time when it's hard to make ends meet, said Frank, who moved into his $169 tent June 1. We have parents that could give us money to get an apartment, he said, but it's nice to be independent. Levy said he is living in the tent while he shops law schools. Some of the best law schools are in New York, he said.

Word of the Day
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.