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Oddities News Archive - December 13, 2005

A top U.S. security official acknowledged on Monday that small scissors and screwdrivers can be used as weapons aboard aircraft but defended the government's decision to again permit them on airline flights.

A master of his craft, painter Geert Jan Jansen was always happiest when his works were mistaken for those of other artists.

The authorities in Kazakhstan, angered by a British comedian's satirical portrayal of a boorish, sexist and racist Kazakh television reporter, have pulled the plug on his alter ego's Web site.

Visitors to New Orleans who once toured the graceful mansions of its Garden District or learned the history of its Mississippi River plantations have a new attraction: The Hurricane Katrina disaster tour.

Word of the Day
postliminy
  • In Roman antiquity, the return of a person who had been banished, or taken prisoner by an enemy, to his old condition and former privileges.
  • In international law, that right by virtue of which persons and things taken by an enemy in war are restored to their former status when coming again under the power of the nation to which they belonged.
The word 'postliminy' comes from a Latin word meaning 'threshold'.