Oddities News Archive - June 21, 2009

President Barack Obama and his two daughters enjoyed an ice cream outing in Alexandria, Va., taking home puppy pops for the first dog. Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha, and their security detail Saturday visited The Dairy Godmother, an ice cream parlor in the Del Ray section of Alexandria. Malia had

An attorney for a 59-year-old woman says his client should not be forced to leave her apartment in Boulder County, Colo., because of Easter decorations. Attorney John Pineau, who is representing Carol Burdick, said his client's decision to keep Easter decorations on her apartment door 15 days after the holiday ended should be protected as a religious statement, Boulder's Daily Camera reported Saturday. You can't evict somebody for Easter bunny decorations, Pineau said.

Police in Fort Worth, Texas, say a man attempted to pay a $70 municipal court fine using a counterfeit $20 bill. Police allege in a report the man, whose identity was not reported, made the illegal payment for prior traffic violations while being supervised by a marshal in Forth Worth Municipal Court, the Fort Worth (Texas) Star Telegram reported Saturday. A courthouse teller inspected the $20 bill offered by the man Wednesday and a routine ink test indicated the currency may be counterfeit, police allege.

Residents of Overland, Mo., say they can't find a time capsule buried in 1959 that was to be used for a local celebration. Shirley Needy, the Overland Historical Society vice president, said the search was hindered by a lack of a plaque or stone to identify where the capsule was buried five decades ago, the St.

Residents of Avon, Ohio, embraced the many uses of duct tape during the city's annual Duct Tape Festival, a maker of the versatile tape says. ShurTech Brands LLC, which manufactures household and office products, said in a news release that Saturday's Sixth Annual Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival in Avon included a parade full of floats made out of duct tape. Event judges rated the more than 20 parade entries based on originality and how much duct tape used in their creations.

Lighters may be forbidden on U.S.

Word of the Day
  • an ornament or knob in the shape of a flower
  • In architecture, a floral ornament; specifically, the large conventional flower usually placed in the center of the abacus of a Corinthian capital or classic ceiling-caisson; also, the floreated termination of a Gothic finial.
[ "The word 'fleuron' comes from French."]