Following is a summary of current odd news briefs.
Chok! Chok! Chok! ad shakes up mobile marketing
BARCELONA (Reuters) - A strange phenomenon hit Hong Kong in late 2011. As the clock hit 10 pm each night a Coca Cola ad aired on television, prompting thousands of viewers to grab their phones and start shaking them frantically to virtually "catch" the falling bottle caps on the screen and win instant prizes.
U.S. college fraternity raises money for member's partial sex change
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) - A college fraternity in Massachusetts has launched a campaign to raise money for one of its members to undergo partial sex-change surgery, a college official said on Wednesday. Donnie Collins, 20, a sophomore at Emerson College in Boston, was born female but has been living as a male since he was 17, said Jason Meier, the college's director of student activities.
Dog shoots man in Florida - maybe
MIAMI (Reuters) - Police added a dose of skepticism on Wednesday to a report about a man who says he was shot by his dog while driving down a Florida highway. Commander Steve Carr, a police spokesman in the central town of Sebring, where the shooting occurred on Saturday, said there were "some indications" the shooting victim may have made up his "dog shoots man" story.
New Zealand man fatally attacked by shark, police open fire
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - A New Zealand man was attacked and killed by a great white shark on Wednesday in a rare fatal shark incident in the country, prompting police to open fire. Police said they fired shots at the shark after a man was fatally bitten at Muriwai beach located around 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of Auckland, one of many beaches dotted along the North Island's west coast that are known for their wild surf.
Japanese woman, 114, recognized as world's oldest
TOKYO (Reuters) - A 114-year-old Japanese woman born the same year that radium was discovered was recognized as the world's oldest woman by Guinness World Records on Wednesday. Misao Ookawa, who was born to a clothing merchant in 1898 and now lives in the western city of Osaka, received a certificate acknowledging her status and said she was pleased.