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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
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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