Odd News -- November 6, 2008

ELECTION-LATE NIGHT COMICS
UNDATED (AP) - Jay Leno says as a comedian he's going to miss President Bush. Leno notes President-elect Barack Obama is difficult to make jokes about. But Leno says that's why "God gave us Joe Biden." David Letterman made an announcement to his audience last night: "Attention passengers, the Straight Talk Express is no longer in service." And Letterman says with Sarah Palin on her way back to Alaska, he wouldn't want to be a moose.

OBAMA-BABY NAMES
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) - Look for a lot of little Baracks and Obamas in the years to come. One of the first to be born is Sanjae Obama Fisher. He came into the world in South Florida on election night. Barack Obama hadn't been declared the winner yet. But a hospital spokeswoman says it was dad's idea, Patrick Fisher, to name the baby after Obama. Little Sanjae Obama has a big brother and sister, neither of whom are named after a president.

OBAMA-OLDEST MAN
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The nation's oldest man is celebrating Barack Obama's victory. At 112, George Rene Francis has lived through 19 U.S. presidents and six decades of Jim Crow laws. He told his daughters he feels like getting out of his wheelchair and jumping and down to celebrate Obama's presidential win. Today, Francis lives in a Sacramento, California, nursing home. He remembers casting his first presidential vote in 1932, for F.D.R. A daughter says Francis voted for Obama with an absentee ballot.

TOYOTA-SAVED BY ZERO
NEW YORK (AP) - Now with the election is over, we won't be subjected to anymore campaign commercials. But lots of TV viewers have a complaint about another spot, Toyota's "Saved by Zero" ad. Colin Anderson is a freshman at the State University of New York at Binghamton. He is so annoyed, he's created Facebook page. He says more than 1,200 people have joined his "Stop Playing Toyota's 'Saved by Zero' Commercial" group in a matter of days. A Toyota spokesman says the commercials will run nationally through Sunday. After that, it will be up to local dealers whether to continue the zero-percent financing ad.

5 HOLES-IN-ONE
KAPPA, Ill. (AP) - Just one hole-in-one isn't enough for golfer Curt Hocker. The Central Illinois amateur duffer has sunk five aces in the last week, including two on Saturday. That brings his total to seven for the year. Hocker says he doesn't know what to think. He adds every time he feels his streak is over, he gets another hole-in-one. Buddy and pro Steve Fulton says Hocker's luck is "incomprehensible."

PASSENGER-DUCT TAPE
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Now, you can add a new use for duct tape to your list. An airline crew used the handyman's best friend to restrain a passenger they say was drunk and violent. Maria Esther Castillo of New York State is due in court today. She's charged with resisting arrest and interfering with operations aboard a United Airlines plane. Authorities charge Castillo hit a member of the crew and pulled a blind passenger's hair. Officials say when Castillo slipped out of ankle cuffs, crew members and passengers used duct tape to keep her in her seat. The disruption also forced the pilot to make an unscheduled landing in North Carolina, en route from Puerto Rico to Chicago.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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