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Oddities News Archive - August 04, 2009

Police in Wisconsin said a woman and her husband's three mistresses have been arrested for an alleged revenge plot involving a motel room and powerful glue. Investigators said one of the mistresses, Therese Ziemann, 48, lured the 36-year-old man to a Stockbridge motel with promises of a rub down and he was blindfolded and tied to the bed before the other three women entered the room, the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday. The women threatened the man with mace, punched him in the face and Ziemann used Krazy Glue to glue the man's penis to his stomach, the criminal complaint said. The women fled the room when the man started yelling.

Police in Texas said thieves who attempted to steal an ATM were apparently scared away by sirens from a nearby chase. Euless police Lt.

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Authorities in Florida said a bicyclist who cracked the windshield of a car with his hand pointed a gun and flashed a fake badge at the vehicle's occupants.

A British survey suggests women prefer real men with beer bellies and hairy chests to metrosexuals with tight shorts and manicures. The survey of 5,192 women, conducted by Lion Bar Ice Cream, found 80 percent of respondents now consider metrosexual traits including hair straightening and frequent sunbathing to be turn-offs, The Sun reported Tuesday. The poll also found one in 10 women questioned in the survey like the smell of beer on a man while a fifth of those polled said they are attracted to men with a bit of body odor. This is great news for real men this summer, a Lion Bar spokesman said.

South Carolina police said a moped driver towing a stolen lawn mower pulled over for officers but attempted to flee from them on foot. Lindsey Phillips Jr., 42, of Rock Hill, was spotted Friday afternoon towing a lawn mower and a weed eater behind his moped, about six hours after the lawn mower had been reported stolen, The (Rock Hill) Herald reported Tuesday. Police said Phillips pulled over for police but fled on foot after the officers asked him if the lawn mower was stolen. Phillips was chased down and arrested.

The city manager of Tampa, Fla., has apologized for a scrapped plan to take down some of the 59 U.S.

A Kurt Cobain quote on a memorial for the deceased rock star at an Aberdeen, Wash., park is drawing criticism for its inclusion of the notorious F-word. Aberdeen City Councilman Jerry Mills said the Nirvana singer's quote -- which informs readers that drugs are bad for you and will (expletive) you up, with the expletive in question a four-letter euphemism for copulation -- should be removed from the KC Riverfront Park memorial, the Aberdeen Daily World reported Tuesday. That is a word that should be done away with, Mills said.

A North Carolina family whose pet Quaker parrot has returned home after five weeks on the loose said the bird's time in the wild has made him more friendly. Amy Locklear said the year-old, 4-inch tall parrot, Charlie, escaped from her home in Cary five weeks ago and was recaptured 30 miles away in a Clayton subdivision late last week by an animal control officer after someone recognized the bright green bird as a non-native species, the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer reported Tuesday. The officer tracked a band around Charlie's leg to the store where Locklear originally purchased him and the parrot was back home with his family Friday. Locklear said Charlie used to bite her four sons and tease the family's dogs and cat.

An Ohio woman said a keepsake box she bought as a birthday present for her daughter turned out to contain what appears to be cremated remains. Jan Stansberry of Tallmadge said she bought the wooden Willow Tree Keepsake Box, which bears an image of a mother and daughter carved into the lid, at Carlton Cards as a 33rd birthday present for her daughter, Erin Lemasters, the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal reported Tuesday. I just brought it home and put it in a gift bag, Stansberry said. However, she said Lemasters opened the gift at her birthday party and discovered a plastic baggy containing what appears to be cremated ashes inside the wooden box. You can see there are shards of bones and everything, Erin Lemasters said. The women said they are investigating the origins of the ashes.

A Cary, N.C., man said water runoff from city road projects prompted him to have Screwed by the town of Cary painted on the side of his house. David Bowden said the elevation of Southwest Maynard Road in front of his home caused enough water to pool under the house to reach its duct work, the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer reported Tuesday. Mike Bajorek, assistant Cary town manager, said the city built a retaining wall and drainage pipes in response to Bowden's complaints.

Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.