Oddities News Archive - June 03, 2009

Oregon officials and a snack cake manufacturer blame each other for 2,000 snack cakes being sent to a landfill following an accident. The (Portland) Oregonian reported Tuesday both McKee Foods and the Oregon Department of Transportation refuse to accept the blame for the destruction of the snack cakes from a truck involved in a traffic accident Monday. ODOT spokeswoman Christine Miles insists McKee Foods ordered the snack cakes to be disposed of after they were removed from Oregon 217 following the overturning of a Little Debbie truck. With the Oregon Food Bank having a hard time getting food for the poor, it just seemed like a big waste, Miles said.

Police in Michigan said an apparently intoxicated man fired a rifle at a solicitor but the bullet missed and struck his own car. Lt. Luke Riley of the Sterling Heights police said the 20-year-old man became irritated when a solicitor came to his door at about 1 p.m. Monday.

Sheriff's deputies in Cattaraugus County, N.Y., said a man driving a horse and buggy led them on a three-mile pursuit before escaping on foot. Deputies said they tried to stop the buggy in Napoli while investigating reports of underage drinking but the driver steered the vehicle through fields and woods before jumping down from the buggy and evading deputies on foot, the Buffalo (N.Y.) News reported Wednesday. Investigators said deputies were unable to find the driver at the scene but a 20-year-old man was later arrested after deputies brought the horse and buggy to a nearby home. Jonas Hershberger, 20, was charged with overdriving of animals, reckless endangerment and obstructing governmental administration.

A Washington state high school student was arrested for allegedly lighting a marijuana cigarette during his English class, authorities said. The Pierce County Sheriff's Department said the 17-year-old Gig Harbor student lit the joint after reading an essay on legalizing marijuana to his Peninsula High

New York police said they are trying to determine the origins of a yellow rat snake discovered by a 7-year-old in his family's home. Maria Dominguez said the 4-foot snake was first spotted by her son, Hugo Rodriguez, while it was coiled under the family's living room table, the New York Post reported Wednesday. The boy's screams roused the rest of the family and Dominguez called police.

A Massachusetts man said a coin he found on his property has been identified as an English silver sixpence minted about 313 years ago. Peter Burgess, a retired psychologist, said he discovered the coin in his Truro, Mass., yard last spring and recently learned from researchers that it dates back to the 1689-1702 reign of King William III, the Boston Globe reported Wednesday. At first I wasn't sure what it was, Burgess said.

A Florida man is suing a nightclub and a stripper for injuries he received when the exotic dancer allegedly kicked him in the face. Lake Lytal III, a lawyer for Michael Ireland, said his client was seated at the bar of the Cheetah nightclub in West Palm Beach Sept.

Police in Florida said a pair of bank robbers were arrested after their getaway car ran out of gas while driving away from the scene of the crime. Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood said Jason Warren Dietrich, 35, and Randall Fredric Walker, 38, abandoned Dietrich's green Jeep Cherokee after it ran out of gas a few blocks from the Riverside National Bank, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported Wednesday. Police said they traced Dietrich's vehicle back to his home and Walker was arrested after his name was mentioned during Dietrich's arrest.

Officials at a Massachusetts airport said a swarm of about 10,000 bees swarmed the wing of a parked plane used for flight school training. Arne Nordeide, owner of the Beverly Flight Center at the Beverly Municipal Airport, said he saw the bees gather around the wing of the plane about 11 a.m.

A New York couple said they are in the final stages of planning their wedding -- an event that will make them the first to tie the knot in zero gravity. Noah Fulmore, 31, and Erin Finnegan, 30, who met at a New York University science fiction club meeting in 2000, said their wedding later this month will take place on a Zero Gravity Corp.

Word of the Day
  • To play, gamble.
  • To impose upon; delude; trick; humbug; also, to joke; chaff.
  • A deceitful game or trick; trickery; humbug; nonsense.
The word 'gammon' in the sense of 'joke, trick' may come from 'backgammon'.