Oddities News Archive - August 21, 2009

Authorities in Sweden said they are searching for a burglar nicknamed Spiderman for his ability to climb drainage pipes. Police said the burglar, who was described as wearing climbing attire and gardening gloves, has invaded 10 Stockholm apartments since the beginning of August, The Local reported Friday. We are calling him Spiderman.

Swedish police said a news photographer specializing in fires has been arrested on suspicion of arson. Police said the 24-year-old man, an employee of emergency services-themed news site Utryckning.se, was questioned by officers about a July fire at an Orebro barn and he eventually admitted to starting the blaze and several others, The Local reported Friday. He photographed fires mostly.

Police in Sweden said a 26-year-old man refused entry to a bar for wearing sweatpants allegedly knocked a man to the ground and tried to steal his jeans. Investigators said a bouncer at a Helsingborg pub told the sweatpants-wearing man he could not enter the bar because of his clothing, leading him to attack another man and remove his pants, The Local reported Friday. A passing police unit came upon the men while they were both without pants. We've just swapped trousers, the alleged attacker was quoted as telling the officers. The man on the ground told a different story and was backed up by the bouncer.

Police in Connecticut recovered a stolen 32-foot boat after it fell from a trailer as the suspected thief headed up Interstate 95. The driver, Patrick Holland, 38, was arrested Wednesday and charged with first-degree larceny and reckless endangerment, The Hartford Courant reported.

The Hall of Mirrors in France's Palace of Versailles topped a California-based travel Web site's list of The World's Top Five Mirrored Rooms. VirtualTourist.com said the Hall of Mirrors, where Marie Antoinette was known to enjoy throwing parties, is lined with 357 mirrors. The Web site filled the No.

Police in Pennsylvania said a 72-year-old employee of a pizza parlor used a beer can to chase off a pair of would-be robbers, one wielding a shotgun. Lancaster police Lt.

Officials in a central Italian town said they are asking a Rome museum to return 12th-century weapons, including armor, axes, swords, crossbows and helmets. The weapons originated from a fortress within the walled town of Gradara and were sold to Rome's Castel Sant'Angelo museum by the last private

A federal judge in Minnesota rejected a convicted tax evader's argument that he needed to stay out of prison because he has trees to prune. Larry Kladek, 66, former owner of the King of Diamonds Gentlemen's Club in Inver Grove Heights, wrote a letter to U.S.

Authorities and surfing aficionados in New Jersey say tall waves stirred by Hurricane Bill are expected to bring out the state's surfers. Al Aires, captain of the Seaside Heights beach patrol, said authorities are preparing for surfers to hit the beaches as the storm, which was downgraded Thursday to a Category 3 hurricane when its winds slowed from 135 to 120 mph, passes New Jersey about 350 miles offshore, The (New Jersey) Star-Ledger reported Friday. When the surf's up, yeah they come out, Aires said.

Word of the Day
  • Emitting flashes of light; glittering.
The word 'coruscant' comes from a Latin word meaning 'to flash' or 'to sparkle'.