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Oddities News Archive - March 16, 2005

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Michael Jackson has been starting his trial days by praying with the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the minister and the singer's spokeswoman said Tuesday. Michael Jackson receives advice from the activist minister on both spiritual and personal issues, said Raymone K. Bain, the singer's spokeswoman.

Word of the Day
upstander
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.