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Oddities News Archive - March 02, 2006

Most Americans have an easier time naming members of the cartoon Simpson family than listing the five freedoms granted by the nation's founders, a survey by a museum released on Wednesday said.

One of four paintings by European masters stolen last week from a Rio de Janeiro museum was put up for sale on an Internet auction site for $13 million, Brazil's federal police said on Thursday.

Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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