Oddities News Archive - February 24, 2006

By Barbara Cornell LISBON (Reuters) - If Shakespeare wrote Portuguese birth certificates today, he might pen, "A Rosa by any other name is unacceptable." He might add that Magnolia smells sweet, but that Jasmine, or Jasmim in Portuguese, had best be some other name.

H&R Block Inc., which provides tax advice to millions of Americans, made an embarrassing confession on Thursday. It goofed on its own taxes.

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'