Oddities News Archive - June 08, 2009

An 83-year-old man in San Jose, Calif., says watching his grandchildren graduate from college inspired him to finally earn his high school diploma. Frank Ganz said despite the fact he dropped out of school when he was in the ninth grade, he was an adamant proponent of education when it came to his 12 grandchildren, the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News said Monday. I always told my grandchildren 'Make sure you graduate high school,' the retired auto parts store owner said.

The Swedish military said it will compensate a poultry farmer whose 31 chickens were killed accidentally during an air force exercise. Farmer Asa Karlsson said in her complaint to the armed forces that her chickens were terrified when a Jas Gripen fighter aircraft flew at a lot altitude over their coop

An Ohio high school has corrected an error in notes sent home to seniors that told them they would have to leave the state immediately after the ceremony. North High School in Eastlake issued a correction stating: The graduates will leave the State Theatre immediately after the ceremony, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported Monday. However, the correction included its own error: Students were told to be at the theater no later than 3:45 a.m.

A 93-year-old Florida man married his 89-year-old sweetheart after a brief courtship that followed about 20 years of friendship, the man says. Ebenezer Rose, 93, whose previous wife of 58 years, Bernice, died about four years ago, said he met his new bride, Monica Hayden, 89, about 20 years ago in church, the Palm Beach (Fla.) Post reported Monday. She had eyes on me all these years, he said of his bride, whose previous husbands are both deceased.

A survey suggests Jesus Christ is the person Britons would most like to communicate with from beyond the grave, closely followed by Princess Di and Shakespeare. The survey, carried out to promote the third-season release of ITV sci-fi show Primeval on DVD, found one third of the 3,000 respondents picked Jesus as the dead person they would most like to communicate with, closely followed by Princess Diana, who was killed in a 1997 car crash, and celebrated poet and playwright William Shakespeare. These results show that Jesus Christ will always be the British Public's 'Superstar,' a spokesman for the DVD release said.

An army of about 800 Massachusetts youngsters kept a single baseball game going for 36 hours to set a world record and collect money for charity. Jim Lucas, a Wrentham T-ball coach who masterminded the event that began at 8:01 a.m.

The British Ministry of Justice is warning the country's prisons that prisoners have taken to using a 16th-century slang to hide talk about drug deals. The 500-year-old dialect, which is known as thieves' cant or rogues' cant, was believed to have been developed by medieval gypsies and adopted by a handful of scoundrels across England.

Washington state officials say a family will be allowed to keep their pet, a rare western pond turtle, but the animal will be owned by the state of California. Barry Mason of Ridgefield and his wife Chae Yon said their family adopted the turtle when they encountered it as a baby 21 years ago while camping in Northern California.

Nine Wisconsin high school seniors barred from walking in their graduation for using sidewalk chalk outside the school say the punishment doesn't fit the crime. James Clark, one of the seniors suspended from Hartland's Arrowhead High School, said he and his co-conspirators used chalk to write Class of 09 and other small messages and designs on the school Thursday night, WISN-TV in Milwaukee reported Monday. In some ways I thought it was a pretty lame prank, you know, it looked more like a decoration, Clark said.

A Minneapolis man said he was preparing to leave his foreclosed home for the last time when contractors boarded up the house with him still inside. Ted Poetsch, 53, said he was finishing packing and loading his cat into its carrier May 12 when he heard drilling coming from the frame of his front door,

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