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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
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.