Oddities News Archive - August 05, 2009

Unwilling to fly without her pooch by her side, an Israeli woman purchased the entire business section of an El Al flight from Paris to Israel. The woman identified as Rivka, told the Channel 10 television network Wednesday afternoon, she could not bear the thought of her eight-year-old boxer dog being placed in a cage in the cargo hold of the plane for the duration of the flight. He is my baby, and I asked El Al to rent out the business section and paid $32,000 to ensure my dog, Or (light in Hebrew), would be able to sit next to me for the entire flight, she told the television. Rivka said it is the first time the two have flown since 2006.

Police said a man who walked away empty-handed from an attempted bank robbery in New York called police to give himself up about 45 minutes later. Investigators said Lamarr Simmons, 44, handed a note demanding money to a teller at the Citibank branch at 10:25 a.m.

Italian authorities said a woman who collected a state disability pension by claiming she was a complete invalid was caught jogging with her dog. Police in the city of Monteforte Irpino said the 62-year-old woman was being monitored by police for some time before her arrest July 29.

Authorities in Ohio said a foamy white substance that covered a road turned out to be concentrated soap dumped into the sewer by a hand sanitizer company. Fire officials in Madeira said a motorist first reported the substance coming out of the sewer and onto Camargo Road Tuesday evening, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Wednesday. There was a big, white pillow across the roadway, firefighter Andrew Foppe said. Foppe said the substance was found to be non-hazardous concentrated soap and the mess was cleaned up after about 1 1/2 hours.

Police in Florida said a man found sleeping naked in his pickup truck told officers he had taken his clothes off during the night because he was too hot. Lt. Marc Claycomb of the Melbourne Police Department said officers were called at about 7:30 a.m.

A California woman who stopped by a casino on her way to work said she won nearly $1.65 million on a five-cent slot machine. Susan Nott of Auburn won $1,648,076.81 after about a half an hour of playing the Wizard of Oz-themed nickel slot machines at Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln, the Sacramento (Calif.)

An Ohio police officer who was caught driving 149 mph on a motorcycle pleaded guilty Wednesday to speeding charges. Gahanna Police officer Christopher Thomas was fined $150 by Licking County Municipal Judge W.

A Facebook group for Swedes scared of a cosmetics commercial featuring a Swedish supermodel has gathered nearly 1,000 members. Anders Hammas, the Swedish student who started the I am scared of the girl in the Apoliva commercial Facebook group, said he was inspired to protest the horrible commercial, which features supermodel Adina Fohlin standing in the snow and rain while a Swedish folk song plays, the very first time he saw it, The Local reported Wednesday. Those of us who have a TV and like to watch commercials/can't be bothered to reach for the remote are facing a problem, Hammas wrote in the group's description.

A Michigan man said he was struck on the shoulder by a piece of an airplane while he was talking to his wife in front of his home. Wissam Beydoun, 41, of Dearborn, said he initially thought his wife had thrown something at him when he felt the impact on his shoulder, which he said left only a bump, the Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday. I actually thought my wife threw something at me, he said.

A California movie buff's Web site purports to list the least-interesting chunks of currently playing films so audience members know the best time to go pee. Dan Florio's Web site, Runpee.com, which is also available as an iPhone application, suggests viewers of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Word of the Day
  • An uxorious, effeminate, or spiritless man.
  • A timorous, cowardly fellow.
Probably a blend of meek and cock, or from meek +‎ -ock (“diminutive suffix”).