'Avatar' vs. 'Locker' bet is tip of the iceberg

Irish company taking wagers on bizarre Oscarcast events

Betting on whether "The Hurt Locker" will win an Oscar for best picture over "Avatar" is boring.

But for gamblers on the hunt for more exciting action, there's an Irish company that is taking some truly bizarre bets centered on the Oscar ceremony.

Think the winner for best actress will walk onstage with toilet paper stuck to her shoe? That bet will get you 50 bucks for every dollar wagered. Think there will be a streaker during the show, like the famous one who dashed by David Niven in 1974? That's a 100-1 shot this year.

The real-money bets are being placed at PaddyPower.com, a company listed on the London Stock Exchange. But, alas, it does not take bets from U.S. residents.

Here are some other weird bets people are making there:

-- At 3-1 odds, will the best-actor winner cry visible tears during his acceptance speech?

-- At 10-1, will any actor mention Tiger Woods by name during his or her acceptance speech?

-- At 12-1, will any of the four major winners for acting beat the record for longest acceptance speech? (That record, by the way, is 5 minutes and 30 seconds, according to PaddyPower.)

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