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Oddities News Archive - August 14, 2009

An elderly Canadian woman in Nova Scotia says she owes her life to her neighbor's dogs who alerted their owner she was choking on her backyard deck. Gert Mombourquette, 76, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

A trapper in Manatee County, Fla., says he staged last month's catch of a 14-foot python near an area day-care center. Trapper Justin Matthews admitted he attempted to alert the general public to the problem of wild pythons in Florida by releasing the large snake near a day care in Bradenton, Fla., so he could capture the animal, Bay News 9 reported Thursday. The cable news station in St.

The star of the Food Network's Ace of Cakes drove overnight to Chicago's O'Hare Airport to deliver a birthday dessert to American Airlines' Admirals Club. Celebrity chef Duff Goldman drove all night from Baltimore and arrived Thursday at O'Hare International to hand-deliver the 70-pound cake to mark the 70th anniversary of American Airlines' members-only lounge, the Chicago Tribune reported Friday. The edible centerpiece of the cake depicted a Texan napping in a chocolate chair with his laptop, cell phone and Admirals Club membership card nearby while a plane flies by outside of a window.

Police in Florida said they have interviewed a man suspected of putting up 500 posters depicting President Barack Obama as the Joker from The Dark Knight. Clermont police and city officials said the male suspect admitted putting up 500 posters of the president as the Batman villain but investigators believe more people were involved and the probe was ongoing, the Orlando Sentinel reported Friday. Clermont Police Capt.

A Texas man said his shock following a road collision was further augmented when he learned what his car had hit -- an escaped rodeo bull. Morgan Howell, 25, who served three tours of duty in Iraq with the Marines, said he was driving Sunday on Southwest Loop 820 in Fort Worth when there was a sudden impact with his 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier, the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram reported Friday. I didn't have a clue what happened, Howell said.

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Researchers at an Australian university said they are starting a study designed to determine whether a dog can recognize itself in the mirror.

Police in New York said they arrested a man accused of masturbating in a subway car using cell phone pictures taken by a victim. Kevin Bishop, 44, was recognized from wanted posters featuring the cell phone pictures by two police officers Thursday as he walked into a subway station, the New York Daily News reported Friday. Bishop is accused of masturbating in front of Cileane White, 41, while riding the northbound No.

A butter sculpture of former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is part of this year's 2009 Illinois State Fair Butter Cow display, a sculptor says. Sculptor Sharon BuMann said in addition to adding the beloved 16th U.S.

Police in Texas said a woman who was caught on camera burglarizing a house multiple times told investigators she thought the home was abandoned. Investigators said the 73-year-old Austin homeowner set up a motion-sensitive camera near his front door after his house was burglarized in early July and the cameras photographed a woman entering the house July 12 and 13, the Austin Daily Herald reported Friday. Police said the DirecTV shirt worn by the woman in the images led them to Direct Communications in Austin, where an employee recognized the woman as Susan Lynn Johnston, 41. Johnson called police July 20 and volunteered to come in after officers spoke with members of her family.

A South Carolina man is offering discount caskets for less than $500 and a build-it-yourself casket kit for less than $250. Merritt Eggleston of Rock Hill said he was inspired to create his low-cost pine casket business, which he runs out of a small shed in his backyard, when he saw the price tag of a relative's $12,900 funeral last year, WCNC-TV, Charlotte, reported Friday. You ought to see what some of them are going for on the Internet, even for animals, Eggleston said of casket prices. Eggleston, whose caskets will be available at a booth Saturdays in the Trader Marc's building starting Aug.

Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.