Oddities News Archive - August 29, 2009

A new ferry terminal in Liverpool has won the Carbuncle Cup for this year's ugliest building in Britain. The winners were announced Thursday by Building Design, a Web site for architects.

A young ram shattered previous record prices at sheep sales this week in Scotland, selling for the equivalent of $377,000. Deveronvale Perfection, a Texel tup, or ram, was bought by Jimmy Douglas, an Aberdeenshire sheep breeder, for 231,000 pounds at the Scottish National Texel Sale at Lanark Market, The Daily Telegraph reported.

The manager of a heuhotel in Germany says guests get up close and personal with nature by sleeping on a bed of hay at the tourist site. The manager of the Hofgut hay hotel in Kassell, Germany, says sleeping in a bed of hay can be enjoyable if guests are able to embrace their childish side and find comfort in a natural sleeping setting, CNN reported Saturday. I suppose some people might find the idea unappealing, said the manager, identified only as Sarah, but for anyone who wishes to snuggle up close to nature it's perfect.

Loren Roberts and Mark McNulty each fired 7-under 65s Saturday to move into a share of the lead after 36 holes of the senior Boeing Classic. Roberts, who won his second Senior British Open title earlier this year, and McNulty completed two rounds at 11-under 133, one stroke off the tournament's 36-hole scoring record. First-round leader Mark O'Meara (69) dropped into a share of third with Bernhard Langer (66) at 135.

Word of the Day
  • an ornament or knob in the shape of a flower
  • In architecture, a floral ornament; specifically, the large conventional flower usually placed in the center of the abacus of a Corinthian capital or classic ceiling-caisson; also, the floreated termination of a Gothic finial.
[ "The word 'fleuron' comes from French."]