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Oddities News Archive - June 19, 2009

Heidi Fleiss, who gained infamy as the Hollywood madam, has a new cause, advocating for the rights of exotic birds in the United States. Fleiss attended the PetSmart annual meeting Wednesday in New York, The Arizona Republic reported.

A Chicago couple diagnosed with swine flu only 48 hours before their wedding said they went through with their plans -- in latex gloves and surgical masks. Jeremy Fierstien and Ilana Jackson, both 26, said they were concerned about being diagnosed with H1N1, better known as swine flu, but they were determined to go forward with the ceremony at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park, Ill., the Chicago Tribune reported Friday. The doctor said: 'It's not going to be the wedding you wanted.

The California man planning to run against Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., criticized the senator for correcting an Army general who called her ma'am. Boxer was called ma'am by Brig. Gen.

Australian firefighters and a tree trimmer executed a two-hour rescue in an unusual situation -- a bird was stuck in a tree. Firefighters said they were called to the scene Thursday after the peacock was spotted dangling upside down 65 feet up in a tree near the Kennedy Highway in Koah, Queensland,

Los Angeles County officials say they do not know why more than 8,000 unused phones are being billed to Southern California taxpayers. County government officials said taxpayers are shelling out at least $1.5 million annually for the government's unused lines, including some that officials said may have never served a purpose, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday. The investigation into unused government-paid lines began when William Fujioka, chief executive of the county, discovered that 329 unnecessary phones had remained in service at Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital in August 2007 when it was downgraded to an outpatient clinic. After the hospital closed, there just wasn't a clear sense of what we were going to do with the facility so no one turned off the lines, said Michael Wilson, spokesman for the Department of Health Services. The countrywide review was ordered by Fujioka when it was discovered that the county is still paying for the hospital phones. This is government a

Patrons of a Spanish bar are praising a promotion that offers free drinks to customers who verbally abuse employees in funny or original ways. The Casa Pocho bar, located in the southern town of Cullera, lets customers vent their frustrations in the process of trying to earn a free drink, Metro.co.uk reported Friday. When you come in after work, you can say swear at them and call them bastard or imbecile, enthusiastic patron Antonio Ossa said of the bar workers.

Police in Florida said a man called 911 to report a marijuana dealer had taken his money without giving him drugs. Cmdr.

Authorities said a construction vehicle at Boston's Logan International Airport wandered into an unauthorized area and was nearly hit by a plane on a runway. Phil Orlandella, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Port Authority, which operates the airport, said the construction vehicle, a Ford Explorer, came dangerously close to the wing of a plane that was traveling down a runway after being cleared for takeoff at about 6:36 a.m.

Police said a Massachusetts firefighter arrested for harassing neighbors was caught on video threatening one of his alleged victims with a chain saw. Ernest Perrone, 60, a Peabody firefighter, allegedly took pictures of neighborhood children without permission, made insulting comments and gestures toward a local gay couple and regularly threatened those living around him with violence, The Salem (Mass.) News reported Friday. A police report said some neighborhood kids once splashed Perrone's truck with water while playing with a sprinkler and he threatened to blow their ...

Police in Pennsylvania said they arrested a man who allegedly used a gun to threaten a group of children while clucking like a chicken. Investigators said Gerald Wiernusz, 41, of Kingston, was apparently drunk when he confronted a group of kids playing basketball and threatened to shoot them if they came onto his property, WNEP-TV, Moosic, Pa., reported Friday. The suspect then clucked like a chicken at the children, police said. Wiernusz was arrested and charged with assault and making terroristic threats.