Oddities News Archive - August 01, 2009

The developer who had big plans for a Scottish pub where Robert Burns and other writers raised their glasses now says he wants to work with preservationists. Jim Doonan closed the Crook Inn after he bought it in 2006 and has been fighting to convert the site to luxury housing.

Pastor Inqvist of the Lake Wobegon Lutheran Church would be shocked: Thieves have struck author Garrison Keillor's St. Paul, Minn., bookstore, officials say. Video surveillance tapes showed a man and woman entering Keillor's store about 1:20 a.m.

Harvard University's moves to seek U.S.

Officials in Oregon say a man who stole a camera was doubly dumb because the camera was police equipment, and security cameras captured the theft. Kenneth Brakebill, a 56-year-old transient, has admitted stealing the camera and lens that were part of a display of police equipment at Multnomah County Library, The (Portland) Oregonian reported Friday. James Huff, director of the Portland Police Bureau Museum, had one word to describe the thief: stupid. Brakebill was caught on video May 19 breaking into a display case and lifting a camera and a flash.

Word of the Day
  • An uxorious, effeminate, or spiritless man.
  • A timorous, cowardly fellow.
Probably a blend of meek and cock, or from meek +‎ -ock (“diminutive suffix”).