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Oddities News Archive - April 19, 2006

Less than 24 hours into his visit to Seattle, Chinese President Hu Jintao was already serving as a pitchman for the city's homegrown Starbucks Corp.

NICOSIA (Reuters) - Women on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus say they are poised to create the worlds longest chain of up to 100,000 bras to heighten breast cancer awareness on April 30.

Casting a suspicious eye over a photo exhibition in Riyadh this week, Saudi men had a hard time believing their womenfolk could have posed as the models.

Baylor University in Waco, Texas, which bills itself as the world's largest Baptist college, has threatened to discipline female students if they pose for Playboy magazine, which is trying to recruit models from the college.

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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