Oddities News Archive - August 09, 2009

An English couple are campaigning for legal restrictions on pet pythons after their cat ended up as a meal for a neighbor's pet snake. Martin and Helen Wadey of Bristol said their cat, a 4-year-old tabby named Wilbur, was eaten by a python allowed to roam in the neighbor's garden, The Times of London reported Sunday.

Scottish national parks are dealing with camping equipment so inexpensive many visitors simply abandon tents and sleeping bags, rangers said. Rangers patrolling the bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Lomond sometimes need police escorts, The Scotsman reports.

Attendees of the Twins Day festival in Twinsburg, Ohio, say the annual gathering of sets of twins is a chance for fun and to see double. Courtney Schmies, 18, of Parma Heights, Ohio, said attending Saturday's festival in Twinsburg gave her and her twin sister Brittney an opportunity to compete for the festival title of Most Alike Females between the ages of 16 and 19, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported. It's just fun to compete, Schmies said.

A Massachusetts man says he is surprised he repeated as winner of the World Pinball Championship. Salem resident Bowen Kerins, whose age was not given, said winning last weekend's pinball tournament outside London meant overcoming 64 of the best pinball players in the world, The Boston Globe reported Sunday. I was really surprised,'' Kerins said of successfully defending his championship crown at the July 31-Aug.

Attendees of the Indiana State Fair this year said the barbequed beaver and turtle soup offered this year were unique culinary offerings for them. Indianapolis resident Kisha Marks, 34, said the fair's Taste of the Wild Cookout gave her a chance to try foods she likely never would have been exposed to in her urban lifestyle, The Indianapolis Star reported Sunday. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to be eating this today, Marks said Saturday.

Folks in a Minnesota city say a homeowners association is blocking their plans to install solar-power panels purely because of the way they look. The dispute was the topic of a recent planning commission meeting in the St.

A man who fell asleep along a railroad track in Sweden probably awoke with a bad headache, which wasn't bad considering police say he was hit by a train. Sven Persson of the Vastra Gotaland police told the Swedish news agency ITT the man suffered a slight gash on his head when clipped by a passing train early Sunday. The unidentified man had apparently been drinking before he fell asleep on the tracks outside of Boras.

Word of the Day
  • A hairdresser.
The word 'friseur' comes from French friseur, from friser ("to curl, frizz").