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Oddities News Archive - July 12, 2005

Mother Nature tidied up a man-made mess off the coast of the Florida Keys when the force of Hurricane Dennis flipped a sunken U.S. Navy ship into the perfect position to help form an artificial reef.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Connecticut on Tuesday joined a growing effort to weed out marijuana-flavored candy from store shelves when its attorney general said he would sponsor a statewide ban on "Pot Suckers" lollipops.

Author Elizabeth Royte went on a yearlong pilgrimage to "Garbage Land," trekking through landfills, paddling through trash-filled waters and smelling sewage treatment plants -- all just to find out what happens to the things that people throw away.

A 16-year-old British tourist suffered cardiac arrest on Tuesday after riding the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney World in Florida, a month after a 4-year-old boy died after riding another Disney World attraction.

Prince Albert of Monaco, son of Prince Rainier and Hollywood actress Grace Kelly, ascended the throne on Tuesday in ceremonies that delighted the principality after months of mourning and revelations about his love life.

Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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