Lest you be focusing just on the bigger stories in the financial press, such as Apple Computer's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPod profits and PepsiCo's (NYSE:PEP) boffo first quarter, here's a brief recap of some recent and weird financial news:

  • Computer makers, such as Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) and Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ), take note: You may want to redesign your machines to prevent chubby hamsters from getting stuck inside them. In Berlin recently, a fat hamster got stuck in a printer, requiring a police rescue that cost taxpayers money, not to mention lost productivity in the office.

  • It can pay to be patient. In Toronto, a 47-year-old winner of a $23 million lottery jackpot waited nearly a year before claiming his money. To avoid doing anything rash or regrettable, Raymond Sobeski wanted to consult financial advisors and get his fiscal house in order before cashing in. Consider getting your own house in order now, in case you win a lottery soon -- we'll help you find a good financial advisor. Or we'll be happy to serve you ourselves. Get organized now and you can cash your next lottery check immediately.

  • U.S. energy companies such as ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM) and ChevronTexaco (NYSE:CVX) might have been a little nervous upon reading a Calgary brokerage's report on a firm called Bovine Hydrocarbon Collection, which was collecting methane from cow farts in "TurboSucks" tanks assembled from scuba-diving equipment, vacuum cleaners and surplus airplane parts. Then they may have noticed the date of the report: April 1.

  • Beware of scam artists -- and be prepared for them to appear in many forms. A Chicago-area woman is on the lam after bouncing checks at car dealerships when buying new cars. Betty Gooch is 75 years old and uses a walking cane and a portable oxygen cart.

  • Alabama lawmakers recently overrode their governor's veto, voting to name a certain brand of whiskey the "official state spirit." Fool Seth Jayson gruesomely wondered, "Imagine the possibilities if other deep-pocketed companies get their slimy lobbyists working on this." It's true. We may not be far from Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB) celebrating the naming of Depend as Texas' official state incontinence product.

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Longtime Fool contributor Selena Maranjian does not own shares of any companies mentioned in this article.