Oddities News Archive - August 03, 2009

Authorities in Hamilton County, Ohio, allege a 46-year-old man stole a street sweeper from a company in Lockland, Ohio. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Monday county court records said Ohio resident Gregory Shanks allegedly stole the large vehicle from Contract Sweepers and Equipment last week. The street sweeper was outside an apartment complex where Shanks lives following last Friday's theft, records say. Specific details regarding the theft were not reported.

A 49-year-old man in North Babylon, N.Y., swung at nearly 7,000 baseball pitches during a failed attempt at a Guinness world record, an area resident says.

A Virginia man says he is fighting a jaywalking ticket he was issued while helping a family of Canada geese cross a busy street. Jozsef Vamosi, 60, of Fairfax said he was given the ticket June 18 at about 9:30 a.m.


British candy maker Cadbury is celebrating the return of its Wispa Gold chocolate bar with a $1,618 gold leaf-covered special edition chocolate.

Organizers of a British attempt at a world record for the most bikini-clad women photographed in one place say their bid failed when a paltry 42 women came out. Debbie Reynolds, 23, said the turnout at the Southend-on-Sea, England, beach was far less than the 1,924 women needed to break the world record, The Daily Telegraph reported Monday. It was sunny and everything, so we thought we'd get a good turnout, but it was very sad when we realized that 42 was the grand total, she said.

Police in Australia say they arrested an alleged car thief who fell asleep behind the wheel of a stolen automobile inside a car wash. Investigators said the attendant at the service station in Salisbury called police after seeing the black Audi convertible drive into the car wash at about 3 a.m.

A Vermont man who started his own taxi company with himself as the sole driver said he is making a profit by letting his customers pick their own prices. Eric Hagen, 46, of Essex, said the idea for Recession Ride Taxi came to him while he was watching financial news in June, the Burlington (Vt.) Free Press reported Monday. I hadn't thought about it before, he said.

A 38-year-old bricklayer in the British town of Kettering says he is lucky to have survived being struck by lightning while walking his dogs. The Daily Mail Monday said Brad Gifford was hit by a 300,000-volt bolt of lightning while attempting to seek shelter from a thunderstorm by ducking under a tree. Gifford suffered burns to 11 percent of his body and both of his eardrums were burst.

Police in Florida said a woman searching for the source of rodent sounds discovered a bazooka shell in the attic above her garage. Jeanne Tipton, 81, of St. Petersburg, called police shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday after she found the shell in the attic and moved it to her backyard, the St.

Police in Rome say an attempted mugger thanked officers for rescuing him from his alleged victims -- a group of South Korean tourists skilled in taekwondo. Authorities said the 48-year-old Italian man, whose name was not released, grabbed a handbag from one of the tourists Sunday at the ancient Roman

Word of the Day
  • Stoppage; cessation (of labor).
  • A standing still or idling (of mills, factories, etc.).
The word chomage comes into English from French.]