Oddities News Archive - June 09, 2009

Some 2,400 retirees from Canada's Molson brewery are angry with the company's decision to phase out their free monthly beer allotments. Retirees in Vancouver, Montreal and St.


A group of 2,510 people in Wales set a world record by gathering at a nightclub while they were all dressed as Smurfs.

Authorities in Florida said nine male manatees copulated with a female on a beach while surrounded by a crowd of human onlookers. Jerry McIntee, deputy chief of the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea volunteer fire department, said evening beach-goers called authorities Sunday night with concerns about the group of 10 manatees gathered on the beach, the Miami Herald reported Tuesday. This was quite the sight, McIntee said. We had our hearts in our stomachs, he added.

A Florida fisherman said an 8-foot-long missile that became ensnared in his long line while fishing in the Gulf of Mexico was turned over to authorities. Solomon Rodney, 37, said he assumed the missile was inactive or already exploded because of a hole in its side so it rode atop his boat for 10 days before he returned to shore and turned it over to a bomb squad from MacDill Air Force Base, the St.

A Florida man filed a complaint with the Florida Public Services Commission about a $4,616.84 bill that his water company attributed to a massive leak. Ed Cicerone, 29, of Holiday, said it would cost him thousands of dollars to repair the leak that resulted in a monthly bill for 1.4 million gallons of water and his homeowner's insurance has denied his claim, the St.

A Lakemoor, Ill., woman said city officials have threatened her with fines if she does not remove two toilets and a sink serving as planters in her yard. Tina Asmus said she will not remove her art piece planters, despite Mayor Todd Weihoffen's threats of a fine of $25 to $500 starting June 15 if she does not comply with orders to remove the toilets from her yard, The Daily Herald or Arlington Heights, Ill., reported Tuesday. I'm very creative, artsy and crafty in this regard and I like to find old things that I can recycle and repurpose, she said.

Police in Pennsylvania said a man who buried his dead cat in a neighbor's tomato garden was charged with trespassing. Patricia Lapsanky Lutz, 55, of the Slatington area, said she was preparing to plant tomatoes Thursday when she came across the carcass of Patches the cat, the Allentown (Pa.) Morning Call reported Tuesday. All I did was turn the soil over maybe 10 inches, and there were paws sticking out, she said. Lutz called state police to have the cat exhumed and it was identified as Patches, a cat belonging to neighbor John Paly, 49. Paly admitted to police that he buried the cat in the garden May 30. He said he didn't have anywhere else to bury it, Lutz said. Paly, who said he expects to pay a $30 or $35 trespassing fine, said he felt he had the right to use the plot to bury his cat because he had tended the garden for 16 years before Lutz moved in and another three years after she arrived.

Police in Salt Lake City said a teenager accused of misdemeanor criminal mischief allegedly caused more than $900 damage to a car by throwing a single penny. Investigators said the 18-year-old, whose name was not released, threw the penny at a car to get the attention of the occupants March 5, the Salt

A Utah appeals court upheld a police officer's search of a car displaying a picture of Mexican folk hero Jesus Malverde. Jose Alfredo Lopez-Gutierrez, who was sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, argued in his appeal that the Cedar City police officer who pulled him over for tailgating in November 2005 violated his constitutional rights by searching his sport utility vehicle, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Tuesday. The officer said his suspicions had been aroused by the fact that the vehicle's airbag compartment had been removed and reattached, there were three cell phones in the SUV's center console, and both Lopez-Gutierrez's necklace and an image on the dashboard depicted Malverde, whom some consider to be the patron saint of drug dealers. Lopez-Gutierrez's attorney argued in his appeal that Malverde is also known in Mexico as the generous bandit and is revered by poor people, not just those who deal in dr

A Washington state appeals judge tossed a woman's claim that honking her horn for prolonged intervals in front of a neighbor's house is protected free speech. The case began in 2006, when Helen Immelt, 52, received a letter from her neighborhood homeowners association in Monroe saying the chickens she had been keeping in her yard violated covenants and neighbor John Vorderbrueggen confessed to her that he had been the complaining party, The Seattle Times reported Tuesday. The following morning just before 6 a.m., Immelt parked her car outside of Vorderbrueggen's house and honked her horn continuously for 10 minutes, authorities said.

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.