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Oddities News Archive - June 06, 2009

Hooker For Jesus Annie Lobert and Oz Fox of the Christian heavy metal band Stryper have gotten married in Las Vegas in a webcasted ceremony. Lobert, 41, who says she found Jesus after working for 11 years as a highly paid call girl, wore a strapless white gown Friday as she wed Fox, 47, the longtime lead guitarist for Stryper, CNN reported. Lobert founded Hookers for Jesus, which she describes as an international, faith-based organization that addresses the realities of human sex trafficking, sexual violence and exploitation linked to pornography and the sex industry, the U.S.

A South Dakota rancher whose family has known hard times says he'll use part of his $232 million Powerball jackpot to help others in need. Neal Wanless, 23, whose family owns a 320-acre ranch near Winner, S.D., is to take home $88.5 million after taxes are deducted from the ticket he bought during a trip to buy livestock feed, KSFY, Sioux Falls, S.D.

A new series of exhibits at the Lied Discovery Children's Museum in Las Vegas is focused on the subject of bodily excretions, a site official says. Tifferney White, director of education and programs at the museum, said in addition to excretions, Grossology will offer visitors insights into the noises

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Workers at the Southern Nevada Zoological-Botanical Park in Las Vegas suspect one of their lions grew ill and had to be euthanized after eating a rubber ball.

Henry Allingham, Britain's oldest man -- and its oldest veteran -- was honored Saturday by the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force with a 113th birthday party. The festivities included a cake delivered by a raiding craft and a birthday card signed by the First Sea Lord, UK Express reported.

Six students at a Wisconsin high school caught setting up a swing set on the school roof were allowed to graduate with their class Saturday. One of the group was the class valedictorian at Brookfield East High School in Brookfield, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'