Oddities News Archive - December 18, 2003

The Milwaukee Athletic Club is breaking with its 121-year-old tradition and requiring men to wear suits when they swim - and some longtime swimmers aren't happy about it.

Word of the Day
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.