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Oddities News Archive - June 29, 2005

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Word spread fast in the northwest Alaska village of Kivalina: a baby walrus was sitting on the beach, alone, apparently abandoned. There was no way such a young walrus could survive on its own in the region's harsh conditions.

Word of the Day
pawl
  • A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
The word 'pawl' probably comes from a Latin word meaning 'stake'.
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