Oddities News Archive - June 29, 2009

A spokeswoman for the city of Suffolk, Va., says a burglar accidentally took his own picture with a victim's cell phone while robbing an area home.

A 90-year-old California woman has donated her 200th pint of blood -- that's 25 gallons -- since she got her start as a donor in 1954. Margaret Delfino of Bakersfield, a great-grandmother, said she briefly stopped donating in 2001 when she had ovarian cancer, but she starting giving blood again five years later when her doctors declared her cancer-free, CNN reported Monday. Delfino said she brings her family to donate with her and she would like to increase the number of people in her area who give blood. To think in Kern County that there are only 3 percent who give blood when there are so many who are able to donate, she said.


California-based discount travel site VirtualTourist.com released its list of the top five eating competitions, including contests in New York and England.

British coin collectors are paying top dollar for 20-pence (33-cent) pieces mistakenly printed without a date. The coins, which were created using the old heads print for the coin and a new tails side, were not noticed to be lacking a date until an estimated 50,000 to 200,000 were put into circulation,

A 90-year-old Florida woman said the Mercury Comet Caliente she purchased in 1964 is still going strong 558,000 miles later. Rachel Veitch of Orlando, a retired nurse who volunteers several days a week at an Orlando Police Department office, said the car, which she calls Chariot, has lasted her through 45 years and three husbands, the Orlando Sentinel reported Monday. I'll tell you something: This little Chariot has never lied to me, never cheated on me, and I can always depend on it, Veitch said. She said the secret behind her car's longevity is simply taking good care of it. I was never a destructive child, she said.

A 10-year-old girl set a new world record by bringing 567 worms up from the ground during Britain's World Worm Charming Championships. Sophie Smith of Willaston, England, won the competition in her village Saturday by besting the previous world record of 511 worms listed in the Guinness Book of World Records, The Daily Telegraph reported Monday. A number of techniques were employed to try to coax worms from the ground during the light rain Saturday, including a man who strummed rock tunes on his guitar, a woman who tap danced to the theme from Star Wars, a man who played the xylophone with bottles and the most common method, sticking a garden fork into the ground and smacking it with a stick to create vibrations. Kenneth Catania, a U.S.

Organizers of the Gathering of Elizabeths in Elizabeth, Ill., say 364 women bearing the moniker showed up for this year's event. The organizers of the event, held at Apple River Fort, said attendance was down from the 436 registered Elizabeths last year but the influx of women traveling with their families

Police in New York said a swarm of 8,000 to 10,000 bees was relocated from a residential neighborhood to a Connecticut farm. Officer Anthony Planakis, who has served as the resident beekeeper for the New York Police Department for 30 years, described the residents of the hive on the Upper East Side as one of the biggest swarms I have ever seen, the New York Post reported Monday. Police said the bees moved into a giant hive in the neighborhood at some point in the past month and wasn't spotted until the queen took her subjects for an outing at 4 p.m.

The New York Police Department says it did not receive any complaints about a block party featuring outdoor fetish and bondage play. The June 21 party, between 10th and 11th avenues on West 28 Street, was attended by several thousand people who sources told the New York Post each paid $10 to enter. Videos

The North Carolina family of a man who died in 1995 said the deceased has received his second post-mortem jury duty summons. Robin Lecin said a jury duty notice for her father, Irving Lecin, arrived Friday at her Greensboro home, which belonged to the patriarch before his death, the Greensboro News & Record reported Monday. Sue Polinsky, another of Lecin's daughters, said she and her sister tried to have her father's name purged from the jury rolls after he was summoned for duty two weeks after his death, but the attempt apparently was unsuccessful. And they spelled his name wrong, Polinsky said of the latest summons. The sisters said they plan to visit the courthouse in person to make sure officials understand that their father is dead.

Word of the Day
  • Any of various tropical Old World birds of the family Indicatoridae, some species of which lead people or animals to the nests of wild honeybees. The birds eat the wax and larvae that remain after the nest has been destroyed for its honey.
Honeyguide birds have even been known to eat candles.