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Oddities News Archive - August 02, 2009

A 27-year-old Monroe College graduate is suing the New York school, contending it has done little to help her find a job. Trina Thompson, who graduated in April with a bachelor's degree, alleges in a Bronx Supreme Court lawsuit that she did not receive adequate employment leads and advice from the school's office of career advancement, the New York Post reported Sunday. They have not tried hard enough to help me, the information technology degree graduate alleges in the July 24 suit. Thompson's mother, Carol, agreed Monroe College officials simply did not equip her daughter for gainful employment following her graduation. She's angry, Thompson's mother told the Post.

Two residents of Green Township, Ohio, say their family home was infiltrated by up to 70,000 honey bees. Susan and Doug Hayes said while they have had problems with bee swarms around their home since 2007, they were unprepared to learn tens of thousands of them were residing within their home's walls, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Saturday. I love nature, bees are important to our ecosystem said Susan Hayes, whose home underwent a thorough bee removal at the hands of beekeeper Bill Jones.

A Seattle bank teller who chased and tackled a would-be robber says he has been fired for his efforts. Former Key Bank teller Jim Nicholson told KOMO-TV, Seattle, he knew it was against bank policy to not comply with robbers, but he didn't let that stop him from vaulting over the counter and giving chase to a man who had demanded money last week. The broadcaster said Nicholson, 30, caught up with the alleged robber a few blocks away and tackled him. If I allowed him to get away, then he would just continue doing it, he said.

Neighbors of a Phoenix church say they're enjoying the relative quiet now that a judge has stopped the church from frequently ringing its computerized bells. The bells at the Cathedral of Christ the King -- a conservative Christian church with a congregation of about 150 -- were rung every half hour beginning at 6 a.m., with songs four times a day, seven days a week.

A German garbage collector will be reinstated after a court ruled he was unlawfully fired for taking a child's travel bed out of the trash, a judge said. Judge Sima Maali-Faggin ruled the garbage man, identified as Mehmet G., should not have been dismissed without notice, even though he violated company policy on objects found in the garbage, Der Spiegel reported. G., a 29-year-old father of two, worked for the company for nine years and was primarily responsible for sorting recycled paper.

Isolation and loneliness drive many elderly people to shoplift and many juveniles see shoplifting as a game, research conducted by Tokyo police indicated. Japanese law enforcement has seen a rapid rise in shoplifting by the elderly.

Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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