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Oddities News Archive - February 02, 2006

Weekly magazines that once scrutinized the height of Japanese Crown Princess Masako's heels for clues to a possible pregnancy have another obsession these days: is divorce an option for the unhappy former diplomat?

An international row over newspaper cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad gathered pace on Thursday as more European dailies printed controversial Danish caricatures and Muslims stepped up pressure to stop them.

Word of the Day
orbity
  • A bereavement by loss of parents or children; the state of being orbate; orbation.
The word 'orbity' ultimately comes from a Latin word meaning 'bereaved'.