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The largest group of atheists and agnostics in the USA filed a federal lawsuit to exclude ‘In God We Trust’ and ‘One nation under God’ from the new Capitol Visitor Centre. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based church-state watchdog group, claimed the engravings are unconstitutional. Further, they say, the phrases would exclude the 15% of Americans who identify themselves as non-religious.
Odd FactsEvangelicals Now- August 2009
 
Shoppers were left stunned when dozens of people lay down in a city centre as part of Facebook stunt. Around 100 people gathered at the Blue Clock outside the Potteries Shopping Centre, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, shortly before 2pm before lying prone on the floor for a minute as the clock struck the hour. The stunt which was organised on a Facebook group entitled the Ultimate Stoke-on-Trent Lying Down Game, attracted 4,000 followers.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel- 31 August 2009
 
A new species of bald-headed song bird has been discovered in a remote region of Laos. The bizarre creature has been dubbed the “bare faced bulbul” because of the lack of feathers on its head and its face. It is the first new species of bulbul, a family of around 130 species, found in Asia for ore than 100 years.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel- 30 July 2009
 
A farmer is waiting for nature to take its course after a cheeky pig swallowed a diamond from a woman’s £1,500 wedding ring. Ginger, a Kune Kune pig, clamped his jaws around the jewel after Anne Moon put her hand into his pen at Easingwold Maize Maze in North Yorkshire, owned by farmer Paul Caygill.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel- 12 August 2009
 
A huge Second World War bomb was destroyed in a controlled explosion yesterday after two North Yorkshire villages were evacuated as a precaution. More than 1,000 people were moved from their homes in Ebberston and Allerston, before the 500lb bomb was made safe by the RAF team. The device was discovered on Sunday by enthusiasts who are excavating, under license, a Second World War plane which crashed in the area in 1940.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel- 19 August 2009
 
A unique Welsh language Catholic book of devotion, the remarkable work of 17th century recusants from the principality, has been rediscovered in a Paris library, after apparently being ‘lost’ for two centuries. Entitled ‘Drych Cydwybod – The Mirror of Conscience’ – the rare book was written and printed in France at a time when the production of Catholic literature in Wales was punishable by death. Copies were smuggled into the principality and secretly distributed to Welsh recusants.
Odd FactsThe Universe- July 2009
 
Professor Richard Dawkins, the prominent atheist, has helped set up a summer camp where children will be taught rational scepticism alongside the more traditional activities of canoeing and swimming. The evolutionary biologist and author of 'The God Delusion' has subsidised the five-day atheist summer camp in Somerset. Camp-goers will be given lessons in rational scepticism, sessions in moral philosophy and evolutionary biology and taught to disprove phenomena such as crop circles and telepathy… The retreat is for children aged 8 to 17 and will rival traditional faith-based breaks run by the Scouts and church groups.
Odd FactsSalvationist- July 2009
 
As many as 58 per cent of Britain’s A-roads and 25 per cent of motorways fail to rate as safe, according to a survey by the Road Safety Foundation. Single-carriageway A-roads were rated as the most dangerous. A 7.5-mile stretch of the A537 from Macclesfield, Cheshire, to Buxton, Derbyshire remains as one of the most lethal.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel- 25 June 2009
 
Jesus topped a poll of ‘dead’ people Britons would most like to meet, according to a survey. One in three of the 3,000 people questioned picked the Son of God as the person they would most like to meet, placing him above Princess Diana, William Shakespeare and Albert Einstein.
Odd FactsThe War Cry- June 2009
 
Competitors went toe-to-toe to fight for supremacy at the annual World Toe Wrestling Championships and for the first time since 1994, both male and female victors were from the Potteries. Alan ‘Nasty’ Nash, who lives in Westonfields, near Longton, scooped his seventh world title, while Lisa Shenton, who comes from Blurton, but now lives in Ashbourne, won the women’s trophy. The event was staged at Bentley Brook Inn, Ashbourne.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel- 16 June 2009
 
A survey by the think-tank Theos suggests that 20% of people in Britain are afraid of dying, while 30% are afraid of how they will die. The poll of 1,018 adults reported that just 20% of those questioned in the 18-24 age group wanted a Christian funeral, compared with the national average of 37%. A total of 60% backed legalising euthanasia.
Odd FactsSalvationist- June 2009
 
Royal Mail doubled its profits to £321 million despite a huge fall in the number of letters being posted, new figures for the last financial year showed. The organisation, which the Government is planning to part-privatise, also announced that it hit its targets for delivering letters on time, and all four Royal Mail businesses were in full-year profit for the first time in two decades.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel– 15 May 2009
 
A cat was back with his owner after going missing for three-and-a-half years, the RSPCA said. Kofi vanished from his home in Nottingham during the autumn of 2005. An RSPCA Inspector was called after a cat was found injured in Ipswich on April 6. A scan on a microchip fitted to the cat revealed Kofi’s identity.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel – 27 April 2009
 
Wikipedia claims the term ‘role model’ was first introduced by Robert K. Merton, a 20th Century sociologist. Merton says that individuals compare themselves with ‘reference groups’ of people who occupy the social role to which the individual aspires. The term has passed into general use to mean any ‘person who serves as an example, whose behaviour is emulated by others’.
Odd FactsThe Plain Truth – December – February
 
A species of shrimp has supersensitive eyes that can literally see “over the rainbow” scientists have discovered. The mantris shrimp from the Great Barrier Reef in Australia has an appreciation of colour far superior to that of humans. Instead of three primary colours – red, yellow and blue – they recognise 11 or 12.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel May 14th 2008
 
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