Oddities News Archive - October 13, 2005


It was the first day of school, so some students were understandably nervous. But then again, they were not taking just any course, but one run by a Vatican university to teach aspiring demonologists and exorcists.

By Alonso Soto MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mistico, a diminutive fighter who stands only 5-1/2 feet tall and weighs 180 pounds, could be the next big thing in a booming American wrestling industry dominated by giants.

Word of the Day
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'