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The Odd Truth, May 19, 2005

The Odd Truth is a collection of strange but factual news stories from around the world compiled by's Joey Arak.

Girl Is Little League Ace

OAKFIELD, N.Y. - Katie Brownell is in a Little League all her own.

The 11-year-old -- the only girl playing in the Oakfield-Alabama Little League program -- pitched a perfect game Saturday for her Dodgers. She struck out all 18 batters she faced in the six-inning, 11-0 victory over the Yankees.

Oakfield-Alabama officials said they can't remember anybody ever throwing a perfect game in this western New York league between Buffalo and Rochester.

In two games on the mound, Katie has struck out 32 of 33 batters. And she's hitting .714 through the team's first three games.

"She's been pitching for three years, but she really came on and excelled this year," said team manager Jeff Sage.

Katie was almost pulled out of Saturday's game until the scorekeeper reminded her coach she had a no-hitter going. Katie then kept mowing down the opposition and when the last batter was fanned, the crowd erupted.

"Everybody congratulated me," she said.

Whiskey Aged 200 Years

HOLLISTON, Mass. - It's aged whiskey all right -- nearly 200 years. But it's nothing you would want to drink.

Workers restoring a chimney in an old house found what they believe to be a 193-year-old bottle of whiskey on a hidden shelf just above the fireplace.

Chuck Clapham, owner of Masonry Restoration, believes the masonry crew probably left the half-full bottle behind when they built the chimney nearly two centuries ago.

The label was tattered, but Clapham's son, Michael, could still make out a date on it: 1812. A broken cork was lodged in the top, and dark liquid sloshed around inside.

It's not the first time Clapham has found stuff buried behind walls. He says he has recovered wedding rings, silver coins and even shoes.

The Camel That Broke The Woman's Back

SHINNSTON, W.Va. - A 1,500-pound camel picked an unfortunate place to take a breather.

A woman called for help on her cell phone Wednesday after a camel sat on top of her while she was painting a fence.

Firefighters and the camel's owner helped move the animal off the woman, who was having trouble breathing, ambulance driver Brent Hicks said.

"There is no protocol on something like this," he said.

Alaska's Fancy Bus Stop

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A new bus stop in Anchorage, Alaska, could be a doozy -- with electronic signs and heated sidewalks -- and a $1.5 million price tag.

The money for the project was in a multi-billion-dollar spending bill Congress passed last year when Alaska Senator Ted Stevens was head of the Senate Appropriations Committee. A government watchdog group ranks Stevens as a top senator in bringing "pork barrel" spending to a state.

Steven's office says building infrastructure in Alaska is "costly." The bus stop is planned for outside the Anchorage Museum of History and Art.

Seeing Red Over Athletes Study

Encouraging news for the Boston Red Sox, the Detroit Red Wings and even Alabama's Crimson Tide.

A new sports study has found that athletes who wear red are "consistently" more likely to win.

British anthropologists made the findings after surveying four sports at last year's Athens Summmer Olympic Games. There, they analyzed athletes in individual events, including boxing and wrestling. But, after making a brief study of an international soccer tourney, they say the red effect also might come into play in team sports.

Scientists don't exactly know why wearing red might give athletes an edge. But the color delivers implicit messages of vigor and danger.

The findings are published in the journal Nature.

Baby Repossessed

SAN ANTONIO - Notice to repo men: Check the car for a child seat, then check to see if there's a kid in it.

One San Antonio repo man apparently didn't get that memo.

Police say a woman drove to a San Antonio fitness club and went inside just before midnight the other night. When she came out, she saw a tow truck starting to tow the car away.

The woman appealed to an off-duty police officer, who flagged down the tow truck driver. He found the baby strapped into the back seat, removed the child and drove off with the vehicle.

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