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Oddities News Archive - August 07, 2009

California residents Michael and Pat Smith say they are thrilled to be making 50 puzzles that U.S.

An Englishman who stole a banana from a restaurant after a drunken party was acquitted of burglary Friday following a two-day trial. Shamim Qureshi, who served as judge in Birmingham Crown Court, told jurors before they began deliberations, that the estimated cost of the proceedings was 20,000 pounds (more than $33,000), The Sun reported.

A Chinese groom said his bride's 7,093-foot-long wedding dress has been submitted to Guinness World Records. Zhao Peng, 28, said the dress made by his family and donned by his bride at the Thursday wedding in Changchun out-stretched the old wedding dress length record of 5,180 feet and possibly set a new record with the 9,999 silk roses pinned to the gown, China's official Xinhua state-run news agency reported Friday. Both the length of the dress and the number silk roses pinned on the wedding dress can make history.

A British couple said their Friday wedding -- a date listed in Britain as 07/08/09 -- will coincide with the time reading 12:34:56. Katie Barfoot, 26, and Troy Peters, 27, of Orton Longueville, England, said their wedding, scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

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A Kenyan man said he is offering 40 goats and 20 cows for the hand in marriage of Chelsea Clinton, Bill and Hillary Clinton's only daughter.

Swedish police said berry pickers working in a forest outside the city of Vaxjo discovered at least $14,000 that had been buried among the trees. Police said the money, which had apparently been dug up by an animal, was discovered by the berry pickers in July and immediately turned over to authorities, Swedish news agency TT reported Friday. Investigators said evidence found at the scene indicates the money may have been stashed in the wooded area after a home burglary.

Authorities in Florida said a man charged with possessing of more than 1,000 images of child pornography on his computer blamed the downloads on his cat. Martin County Sheriff's detectives said Keith Griffin, 48, of Jensen Beach, was charged Wednesday with 10 counts of possession of child pornography stemming from the more than 1,000 images a detective found on his computer, TCPalm.com reported Friday. Detectives said Griffin told them he would commonly leave his computer on and his cat would download strange materials by walking on the keyboard.

A total of 4,026 people dressed as zombies at Britain's Big Chill festival set a world record for the largest gathering of the undead, organizers said. Organizers of the Ledbury, England, festival -- which served as a casting call for zombie extras in an in-progress horror-comedy I Spit On Your Rave

Police in Florida said a suspicious package that sparked a bomb squad call turned out to contain a living cat. Orange County Sheriff's deputies said they responded to a call about a suspicious package Thursday shortly after 11 a.m.

Word of the Day
megalophonous
  • Having a loud voice; vociferous; clamorous.
  • Of grand or imposing sound.
The word 'megalophonous' comes from Greek roots meaning 'big' and 'sound'.