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Oddities News Archive - June 05, 2009

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Investigators searching an Ohio consignment store for stolen goods found more than they had expected, including a 3-foot alligator.

Canada's three-time Grammy Award-winning king of polka says he's not surprised his category has been dropped from the awards this year. Walter Ostanek, 74, told his hometown Niagara Falls Review newspaper the decision by the Recording Academy in Santa Monica, Calif., was understandable. I'm satisfied.

African farmers say they have found a simple way to cut down on elephant raids on their crops -- cheap, easily installed beehive fences. Farmers could not keep elephants off their land with the use of simple fences, Kenya residents said, and many were forced to shoot the massive animals. But, one of Africa's biggest creatures is afraid of one of its smallest -- the bee, farmers discovered through an Oxford University pilot study.

An Illinois pilot who once landed on a golf course because his son was late for a tennis lesson had to make a real emergency landing Thursday, authorities say. Robert Kadera, 66, was forced to touch down in a farm field near Antioch, Ill.

Police in Matteson, Ill., said a break-in at a couple's second home led to the discovery of nearly 500 pounds of marijuana hidden in the garage. Investigators said Evlicia Jackson-Long, 30, and Roy Long, 32, lived with their three children in Matteson, but they owned another house in the town that they allegedly used to store massive amounts of cannabis for their alleged marijuana packaging business, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Friday. Police said a neighbor of the marijuana storage house dialed 911 May 1 after seeing two men break into the garage and police arrived to see two men fleeing in a Buick LaSabre, leaving behind a gallon-sized bag of marijuana between the door and storm door of the garage.

Authorities in Moscow said they arrested a man who allegedly posed as an Interpol agent to swindle a woman out of more than $35,000. An unidentified man, who posed as the police major-general of the Russian National Central Bureau of Interpol, offered to the woman his assistance in purchasing non-residential quarters in Moscow.

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A power company blamed a power surge that damaged appliances in several local homes on fire ants that built a nest inside a transformer.

The price tag of more than $1 million for signs to Minnesota airports is based in part on the strong winds blowing through the state, an official says. Minnesota Department of Transportation official Tom Merritt said engineers who coordinate the installation of signs on support posts and on overpasses typically use a wind map to properly secure the directional items, the Star Tribune newspaper of Minnesota said Friday. Such precautionary efforts are necessary given that Minnesota sits in a 90-mph zone that can cause extreme stress on stationary objects. For those reasons, installing a sign on a support post typically costs $30,000, while multiple signs on an over-the-roadway structure can run up to $100,000. Currently, the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Metropolitan Airports Commission is planning on installing 40 signs to help guide travelers to Minnesota airports.

Six high school seniors in Brookfield, Wis., will not be at their graduation ceremony because they built a swing set on their school's roof, an official says. Superintendent Matt Gibson said the Brookfield East High School students were arrested for the senior prank and received three-day suspensions that will include Saturday's graduation event, Milwaukee's WTMJ-TV reported Friday. Nate Hoaglund, one of the students punished for the prank, insisted the joke did not result in anything being damaged.

Authorities in Bangkok said vendors at an outdoor market hurled fish-powered homemade stink bombs to ward off redevelopment workers and police. Police said the incident began Thursday when about 100 vendors from the Klong Toey market attempted to prevent Legal Profession Co.

Word of the Day
shavie
  • A trick or prank.
The word 'shavie' is related to 'shave'.