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Saddam Hussein and fourteen of the 19 September 11 hijackers are still on the federal "No Fly" list. - CBS News, 10/8/06

A British man, serving a sentence for drunken driving, snipped off his electronic ankle tag and attached it to his dog's hind leg. The man then went drinking with his buddies. - The Week Magazine, 10/13/06

Buck O'Neil became the oldest man to ever play professional baseball when he was signed to a one-day contract in July 2006. O'Neil drew two intentional walks. He was 94 years old at the time. He died two months later. - Yahoo! News, 7/19/06

A woman in England had a stroke recently and woke up with a Jamacian accent. - The Independent, 7/4/06

A court in Greece has allowed a 52-year-old woman to be implanted with a fertilized egg from her 29-year-old daughter. In nine months she will give birth to her own grandchild. - Yahoo! News, 7/19/06

David Sharp, a 34-year-old engineer, actually reached the summit of Mt. Everest, but ran out of air climbing back down. As he lay dying, 40 climbers passed him on their own way to the top, too eager to take a chance on using up their own oxygen. - The Week Magazine, 6/30/06

A Ukranian man shouted "God will save me - if he exists!" before lowering himself into the lion enclosure in the Kiev zoo. A lion quickly seized him by the throat and killed him. - Washington Post, 6/5/06

Alexander Graham Bell, after inventing the telephone, insisted that it be answered, "Hoy Hoy!" Reportedly, it was Thomas Edison who popularized the response we are familiar with now, "Hello." - San Diego Union, 4/26/06

Lewis Alsamari, an Iraqi actor who stars in "United 93" (Paul Greengrass's new film about one of the planes hijacked on 9-11) has been refused entry into the US for the movie's premiere. - The Guardian, 4/24/06

Meg McCormick said she looked into her bathroom and saw sewage spraying from her toilet bowl. “It was like we’d struck a small oil well,” she said. The 55-minute long sewage eruption flooded the first floor and the crawl space, which got covered with four inches of sludge. - Kokomo Tribune, 4/22/06

Steve King rode a wave for one hour and 17 minutes, setting the world record for the world's longest surf ride. This was a ride of 7.6 miles. - The Week Magazine, 4/28/06

Gilbert Gottfried was recently named the "Unsexiest Man in the World". - MSNBC, 4/18/06

When Elliot Voge, a 14-year-old Indiana middle school student, realized he was carrying a small Swiss Army knife as he arrived at school, he did the responsible thing. He went directly to the principal's office and turned it in. Nevertheless, Principal Jimmy Meadows suspended the "model student" for 10 days, citing the school's zero tolerance policy. - USA Today, 4/4/06

A Montenegro man watched as the local river burst its banks from a recent deluge of rain. It filled his basement with water quickly. Mile Tutic impressed his neighbors by landing 8 trout that were swimming around in his basement. - Seattle Times, 4/6/06

Curtis Gokey, a Lodi (California) city employee, was driving a dump truck and hit a parked car. The employee admitted he caused the accident, but the owner of the car will not get damages for the accident. The parked car is owned by the same Curtis Gokey. - The Week Magazine, 3/31/06

A Norwegian man won $900 in prize money - both first and second prize in an ice fishing contest. None of the other 65 competitors caught anything at all. The winner's prize catches weighed .07 and .05 ounces. - Associated Press, 3/28/06

Arthur Winston recently retired from his job at the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority, after 75 years on the job. He retired on his 100th birthday. He only missed one day of work in those 75 years - in 1988 when his wife died. - MSNBC, 3/22/06

Arthur Winston died less than a month after he retired. - Boston Globe, 4/15/06

President George Bush's former top domestic policy adviser, Claude Allen, was charged with theft - over $5000 of items from several Target stores. - Washington Post, 3/14/06

Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer never allowed a grand slam home run in his 19 season major league career. - Sporting News, 3/17/06

The reigning Miss Deaf Texas died after being struck by a train. Tara Rose McAvoy, 18, was walking Monday near railroad tracks when she was struck by a Union Pacific train. A witness told Austin television station KTBC the train sounded its horn right up until the accident occurred. -, 3/14/06
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