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Oddities News Archive - August 23, 2009

A Scottish design firm has come up with a teen-proof room complete with carpeting that resists stains and an under-the-bed dump site for clothes. The furnishings, designed by IDP of Edinburgh, include a chair with pockets for candy and small electronic items and a bed with compartments for iPods and other necessities.

An automated message by a Flagler County, Fla. candidate for state senate jammed an emergency operations center phone line, a county official said. The St. Augustine Record reported Dan Quiggle recorded a message telling people to place calls to the county in protest of a proposed tax hike.

A man dressed as the Sesame Street character, Elmo, was rude to tourists in New York when they tried to photograph him, the New York Daily News said. The newspaper reported the character -- surly and dirty, nothing like the Elmo on the TV show -- swore at and jostled people who wouldn't give him money when they tried to photograph him Saturday. No picture.

Chris Chaplauske carries on a time-honored tradition of trying to make money on the streets of New York in an unusual way, selling bad advice in Union Square. The 32-year-old advertises his service with a sign that reads Bad Advice $1. While he was talking to a reporter from the New York Daily News, Chaplauske was approached by 22 year-old Sarah Samuels. I'm moving to Ecuador next Friday, she said.

The Colorado Springs City Council is working on a program to allow its police department to sell confiscated guns to gun dealers, the vice mayor said. The final details should be approved by the council in a few weeks, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.

Pogo stick athletes came from the United States, Canada and England for the sixth annual Pogopalooza near Pittsburgh, event organizers said. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported about 50 pogoers competed before a crowd estimated at 300 in such events as the high jump, best trick, best run, and least jumps per minute competitions. I was going huge the whole time, said Biff Hutchison, 15, from Burley, Idaho, winner of the Big Air Professional stunt competition. Hutchison said going huge involves an athlete getting to a point high enough to perform various contortions while airborne.

A Northwest Baltimore neighborhood helps prepare kids for their first day of school with an eight-hour block party, organizers said. The party, held Saturday, provided food, haircuts and school supplies to about 100 kids.

A semi-retired truck driver is considering applying to head a Scottish clan that has been without a chief for more than 200 years. William Murray Gunn's claim to the chieftainship of Clan Gunn appears to be a legitimate one, The Scotsman reports.

A semi-retired truck driver is considering applying to head a Scottish clan that has been without a chief for more than 200 years. William Murray Gunn's claim to the chieftainship of Clan Gunn appears to be a legitimate one, The Scotsman reports.

A gathering of 878 guitarists in Shreveport, La., gave children a chance to jam with artists such as James Burton and Al Di Meola, event organizers said. The James Burton International Guitar Festival, held Saturday in Shreveport, is sponsored by the James Burton Foundation.

Word of the Day
lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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