Oddities News Archive - August 08, 2009

Rod Blagojevich performed Elvis Presley's Treat Me Nice during a Chicago appearance, a publicist for the disgraced former Illinois governor says. Publicist Glenn Selig confirmed Blagojevich performed the song during a paid appearance Friday at the 14th annual block party for the Chicago company Optimus, the Chicago Tribune reported. Optimus President Tom Duff said Blagocevich, who faces federal charges after being removed from office in January amid corruption allegations, practiced with a backing track for days prior to his performance. He was waffling between two different songs before settling on 'Treat Me Nice,'" Duff told the Tribune. At least one block party attendee was thrilled to see Blagocevich.

A Kansas man won a Super Kansas Cash jackpot worth $896,487 mere months after winning $75,000 on a scratch ticket, a Topeka newspaper says. The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal reported Saturday that Wichita resident Edward Williams followed up his win on a $10 scratch ticket last September by successfully picking all of the winning Super Kansas numbers this week. Williams' lottery win Wednesday came on a $5 Quick Pick ticket he purchased at a local eatery and will result in him receiving a check for nearly $627,541. The lottery win by the former U.S.

Rural Saskatchewan was abuzz with news Saturday that a 21-year-old pipeline worker will split a $31.5 million lottery, observers said. No official announcement had been made by the Western Canada Lottery Corp. about who the two winners were in Wednesday's 6/49 jackpot.

A New York hot dog vendor says he was evicted from his spot by the Metropolitan Museum of Art because he could not afford the $53,558 monthly rent. Vendor Pasang Sherpa, 51, said while he routinely made up to $1,500 daily at his busy vending location by the New York museum, he fell $310,000 behind on the Parks Department rent, the New York Daily News reported Saturday. I'm going crazy, said Sherpa, who agreed in 2008 to pay nearly $643,000 annually for the vendor rights to the museum location.

Word of the Day
  • Stoppage; cessation (of labor).
  • A standing still or idling (of mills, factories, etc.).
The word chomage comes into English from French.]