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Oddities News Archive - August 30, 2009

A family of tourists in Salt Lake City got more than they bargained for when a spooked horse turned their carriage ride into a derby race, police say. Salt Lake City Police Lt.

A Westchester, N.Y., man says he kicked a 40-year smoking habit after setting a world record for extinguishing 200 lit cigarettes in his mouth. Richie Magic -- who got into the illusion business after retiring as a corrections officer -- extinguished the butts in his mouth Saturday in just a little over 6 minutes at Rogue Magic & Funshop in Elmhurst, N.Y., the New York Daily News said Sunday. Magic, 53, performed the feat before an audience of about 100, the newspaper said. David Adamovich, president of the Record Colders Republican, timed the event and then proclaimed Magic the world record holder for orally extinguishing, chewing and expelling a carton of smokes. The champ, who legally changed his last name to Magic to suit his chosen line of work, said he charred the inside of his mouth and he almost didn't make it.

A Harvard professor said he will bring a cow to Harvard Yard in accordance with an almost 300-year-old university tradition, school officials said Sunday. The Boston Globe reported Harvard religion don Harvey Cox, who holds the Hollis Research professor of divinity chair, endowed in 1721, also holds grazing rights at Harvard Yard for any cows he might possess.

A Swedish night club turned away two women because they sported visible tattoos, the club manager said. The Swing Inn, a Malmo club with a policy of excluding women with tattoos, had permitted the women entrance on other occasions during the past few years, Swedish News Agency TT reported one of the women said last week. They told us that they don't let in women with visible tattoos.

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A surveillance video revealed a Queens man's story of being beaten by a strip club bouncer was less than truthful, New York police said. Khuran Murtaza, 34, called police when he was thrown out of the Rouge Gentleman's Club in the Maspeth section of the borough shortly before 1 a.m.

A man helped police catch the men who robbed him in the Shadyside section of Pittsburgh by tracking them with his cell phone's GPS, police said. Police didn't identify the victim, but said he claimed two men approached him at about 1 a.m.

Word of the Day
bibliopole
  • A bookseller; now, especially, a dealer in rare and curious books.
This word comes from a Greek phrase meaning 'book seller.'
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