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Oddities News Archive - August 13, 2009

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An errant bullet hit a couch pillow in a man's apartment in Pawtucket, R.I., a short time after he had been sleeping on the sofa, police say. Detective Donti Rosciti said Victor Omar Frometa, 30, had been sleeping on the couch early Wednesday, but relocated to his bedroom before a bullet came through a window of the second-floor apartment and struck the couch and pillow, the Providence (R.I.) Journal reported Thursday. The bullet appeared to have been fired from a block away.

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Officials in Otisfield now say residents get to keep the small Maine town's sole mailbox after the US Postal Service had announced it would be removed.

A Florida woman who lost her wallet with $2,000 cash at a store said the money was returned by an anonymous woman who said her daughter had the money. Oviedo police said the woman was shopping last week at a Charlotte Russe clothing store in the Oviedo Marketplace shopping center when she accidentally left without picking up her wallet from a bench where she had set it down, WKMG-TV, Orlando, Fla., reported Thursday. Police said the store does not have security cameras and Charlotte Russe employees were unable to locate the wallet.

A Louisiana man riding a bicycle with an alligator around his neck was arrested after he dropped the reptile on the ground and ran off as police approached. St.

An official in a Wisconsin city says he is pushing for an ordinance that would impose $118 fines on people who swear at police officers and firefighters. Kenosha Alderman Patrick Juliana said that while the city already has an ordinance banning profane, vile, filthy or obscene language within the city limits, complaints must be filed by a third party and his proposed new rule would allow police and firefighters to write citations for language directed at them, WITI-TV, Milwaukee, reported Thursday. However, WITI said some citizens speaking anonymously raised concerns about the proposal, which has the backing of the city's Public Safety and Welfare Committee, on First Amendment grounds.

An alligator harvester in Hallandale Beach, Fla., says a big drop in the market price for alligator skin is taking a bite out of his bottom line. All American Gator owner Brian Wood said with the price of alligator skin dropping from $44 per foot in 2008 to as low as $12 a foot this year, he has been forced to seek additional sources of income rather than selling the skins to Italian designers, The Miami Herald reported Thursday. I just can't see giving away the skins for $12 a foot,'' Wood said of the financial pinch felt in the alligator skin industry.

Britain's Alton Towers theme park says it is considering revisions to its dress code amid a rise in popularity of revealing Speedo swimwear for men. Rachael Lockitt, public relations manager with the Alton, England, theme park said managers are discouraging male patrons from wearing Speedos and may consider a full ban if the fashion choice continues to be an issue, Sky News Online reported Thursday. With the heat wave over the weekend, we saw a big increase in men wearing tight Speedos, Lockitt said.

Authorities in Alaska said a bank robber showed his ID and gave his name and bank account number to a teller before the crime. The FBI said Jarell Paul Arnold, 34, walked into the Alaska USA Federal Credit Union in Anchorage about 1:05 p.m.

A man taking part in a London art project promising anyone the opportunity to become a living statue shed his underpants and was asked by police to cover up. The man, who identified himself only as Simon, took part in Antony Gormley's fourth plinth art project early Wednesday by climbing atop the statue-less plinth in London's Trafalgar Square to spend the allotted time -- up to an hour, the project's rules state -- as a human statue, The Times of London reported Thursday. Simon received hoots from the crowd when he climbed atop the plinth at 1 a.m.

Word of the Day
malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'