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Oddities News Archive - August 08, 2005

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Washington Nationals catcher Brian Schneider rolled a baseball across the top of the team's dugout at RFK Stadium to the first row of seats where Kevin Swanson let it settle in his mitt, then kissed it.

Barbie is making a comeback in a small town in Taiwan that used to churn out the blonde plastic dolls for top U.S. toymaker Mattel Inc. nearly 20 years ago.

Comedians from round the world have descended on Edinburgh's Fringe festival believing they have what it takes to make humor truly international.

Moms, want to lower stress? Try breastfeeding. New research from the McGill-affiliated Douglas Hospital Research Centre in Montreal shows mothers who breastfeed respond less to stressful situations than those who bottle-feed their children. These findings suggest these mothers may be better able to care for their children.

Word of the Day
edulcoration
  • The act of sweetening by admixture of some saccharine substance.
The word 'edulcoration' comes from a Latin word meaning 'making sweet'.