Oddities News Archive - August 31, 2009

An Atlanta couple whose home was burglarized twice within 10 months again has posted surveillance video of the crime on YouTube, authorities said. Dan and Alyssa Kopp doubled the number of surveillance cameras in and around their home after thieves made off with a flat-screen television and a laptop computer in October 2008, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday. The Kopps' belongings were recovered within a week and the alleged thieves arrested after someone saw the YouTube footage and called police with a tip, Alyssa Kopp said. Friday, the Kopps' home was burglarized again by thieves shown kicking in the door, throwing a stool at the Kopps' dog and making off with the same laptop computer stolen in 2008, she said. This time, there was no flat-screen television for the taking.

Authorities in Cincinnati said the bomb squad was called to dispose of a land mine discovered in the garage of a home. Police said the Cincinnati Bomb Squad was called to the home Sunday afternoon by the resident who found the device and the mine was safely destroyed, WLWT-TV, Cincinnati, reported Monday. Bomb

An Australian woman said her dog is recovering from emergency surgery to remove 1,000 magnets from its stomach. Cathy James of Mickleham said her 11-year-old Australian cattle dog, Polly, swallowed the magnets from her office Aug.

Authorities in Florida said a man with a duffel bag full of new Victoria's Secret underwear was arrested for violating probation warrants. The Orange County Sheriff's Office said Khasim Charles Stephenson, 35, was accused of violating probation for fleeing a law enforcement officer, grand theft and other counts, WKMG-TV, Orlando, Fla., reported Monday. Deputies said Stephenson was tracked to the Fairfield Inn in Orlando and arrested as he was approached a vehicle.


Organizers of a tribute to Michael Jackson's Thriller in Britain said they have submitted the 475-person group dance to Guinness World Records.

An online company's line of Star Trek inspired fragrances was met with mixed reactions at the Fan Expo Canada convention in Toronto. Genki Wear, an online fan merchandise company, is selling three new fragrances in the wake of this year's successful Star Trek film: Pon Farr, named for the mating ritual

Police in Indiana said a 9-year-old boy who was upset about the 8 p.m. curfew imposed by his parents led officers on a 30-minute car chase. Derek Towle, deputy chief of the Greenfield Police Department, said cars from five departments responded to reports of a possibly drunk driver swerving on U.S.

A New York actor whose credits include The Sopranos and Analyze That is suing the state lottery over a misprinted scratch-off ticket. Vinny Vella, 62, who played Jimmy Petrille on HBO's The Sopranos, said in his lawsuit against the New York State Lottery that his $500 Million Extravaganza lottery ticket, which cost $20, displayed two sevens, which earns a $5 million payout, the New York Post reported Monday. However, Vella said the state lottery office told him the ticket he purchased in June was supposed to display a seven and a 17, but the 1 was washed out due to a printing error.

Police in Michigan said they arrested a man who allegedly stuck a woman with the restaurant bill and stole her car on their first, and presumably last, date. Ferndale police Detective Sgt.

Officials with the Oregon Coast Aquarium said they have found a potent fundraiser in paintings created by a pair of sea lions. Jen DeGroot, a marine mammalogist at the Newport facility, said she taught sea lion Lea to paint and make flipper prints two years ago as a means of keeping the mammal occupied, and she soon found fellow aquarium workers and animal lovers were willing to pay for the flipper art, The (Portland) Oregonian reported Monday. We thought, 'This is a popular thing.

Word of the Day
  • A mania for the use of printing-types; a strong propensity to write for publication.
The word 'typomania' comes from Greek roots meaning 'type' and 'madness'.