Oddities News Archive - August 17, 2009

A man said to be emotionally disturbed tossed cash from his car in Los Angeles and police said a traffic jam resulted when drivers stopped to get their cut. The 56-year-old man, whose name was not reported, threw an undetermined amount of money from his car as he drove along the 210 Freeway Sunday afternoon.

Police in Florida said a woman charged with aggravated assault threatened a man in a grocery store during a dispute about a shopping cart. Joy Smith, 58, was banned from the Sweetbay Supermarket in St.

A Detroit company has set a world record for the largest single cupcake as a fundraiser for a breast cancer charity. Ryan Abood of GourmetGiftsBasket.com said his company created the 7-foot-tall confection, which was certified by Guinness World Records as the largest cupcake ever made, with help from Merengue Bakery Cafe of California and Jensen Industries in Whitmore Lake, Mich., which donated the use of ovens normally used to bake airplane wings, the Detroit Free Press reported Monday. Abood said the cupcake, created to raise funds for Passionately Pink for Cure, took 12 hours to bake and weighs 1,224 pounds.

The director of a New York museum said one of two recently stolen Russian paintings was mailed back to the gallery in perfect condition. Daniel Entin, director of the Nicholas Roerich Museum, said Roerich's Talung Monastery, which was stolen June 28, arrived Friday at the museum in a manila envelope delivered by a postal carrier, the New York Post reported Monday. I thought it was some junk mail, Entin said of the envelope containing the $70,000 painting.

A survey conducted by America Online suggests women in the United States would rather have an extra $50 a week than a more active sex life. The survey of nearly 5,300 women, conducted by AOL's Shortcuts.com and AllYou.com, found a majority of respondents picked money over sex when asked which they would like to have more of weekly, the New York Daily News reported Monday. The Daily News asked New Yorkers on the street the same question and received largely the same answers, the newspaper said. Two years ago, I would have responded differently, but in these times, money is definitely a priority over sex, bartender Tracy Miller, 35, said. I'd take the money hands-down, said homemaker Fay Stuart, 27.

Organizers of Pogopalooza 6, the first extreme pogo-stick festival to be held in Pittsburgh, said pogo experts from Canada and England are expected to attend. Nick Ryan, 20, a student at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University and the head organizer behind Pogopalooza 6, said dozens of athletes adept at high jumping, back flipping and other tricks on pogo sticks will display their skills Wednesday through Saturday in several neighborhoods, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Monday. Ryan, who can't feel pain or temperature on his right side as a result of a pogo-sticking injury four years ago, said he is trying to bring pogo sticks to the forefront of extreme sports, the newspaper reported. It's in its infancy, Ryan said of the sport. Pogopalooza will help propel the sport to where it should be, he said.

The British Ministry of Defense released documents Monday detailing hundreds of UFO sightings and extraterrestrial close encounters between 1981 and 1996. The 4,000 pages of documents, separated into 14 files, include sightings reported by police officers and fighter pilots as well as young children,

A crop circle discovered in England has been identified by some fans of the Harry Potter book and film franchise as a tribute to the boy wizard's pet owl. Potter fans said the 400-foot pattern in Woodborough Hill bears a strong resemblance to Hedwig, Potter's pet owl in J.K.

Police in Wisconsin said they are searching for the driver of a car that was near the top of a drawbridge when it was raised to about a 45-degree angle. Sturgeon Bay police Capt. Arleigh Porter said police received photos of the 6 p.m.

British scientists said they have discovered a plant in the Philippines that feeds by luring and consuming rats. Botanists Stewart McPherson and Alastair Robinson said the plant, dubbed Nepenthes attenboroughii after legendary wildlife broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, consumes whole rats by luring them into its mouth and dissolving them with acid-like enzymes. The plant produces spectacular traps which catch not only insects, but also rodents, McPherson told The Sun in an exclusive interview.

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