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Oddities News Archive - October 03, 2005

A tiny glass bead, cut like a diamond with a different color on each side, or a button that took five hours of hand sewing to make. "You just don't find that kind of thing any more," said Francois Lesage, the 76-year-old head of Paris' top embroidery house, Lesage, which was set up by his father in 1924.

Word of the Day
call-note
  • 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.'
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