Oddities News Archive - February 19, 2004
A Brazilian group agreed Thursday to tone down its sexually explicit displays for the city's famed Carnival parade after prosecutors threatened to ban the floats.
Word of the Day
- In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.