Oddities News Archive - April 20, 2006


North Korea has charged the United States with counterfeiting its own currency and shifting the blame to Pyongyang, adding artists with "blood-shot eyes" in Japan are making cartoons attacking Pyongyang's leaders.

New York doormen who do everything from calling elevators to zipping up evening gowns for ladies in need may be going on strike, leaving hundreds of thousands of well-heeled New Yorkers to fend for themselves.

Former running back Moe Williams, one of four Minnesota Vikings charged in a case stemming from lewd and raucous behavior on a boat party last year, was convicted on Thursday of disorderly conduct.

Word of the Day
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'