Oddities News Archive - February 20, 2004

By MICHAEL ASTOR RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) -- 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.Grande Rio - whose carnival theme "Let's Wear the Little Shirt, My Love," slang for using a condom - will modify the explicit decorations on its floats, including a giant Adam and Eve copulating and sexual positions from the Kama Sutra, prosecutor Andrea Rodrigues Amim said."You can see that they have gone beyond erotic and already border on the pornographic," Amim said.The group's president Helio de Oliveira said the changes would be minor.

A young beagle is being called the "miracle pup" after the dog woke up from a coma even though it had been presumed dead. The dog, who has been named Lazarus, was hit by a car in late January and picked up as roadkill by the sanitation department.

Word of the Day
  • The parings of haberdine; also, any kind of fragments.
The word 'gubbings' is a variant of the word 'gobbon', meaning 'a portion, gobbet.'