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Oddities News Archive - April 21, 2006

Indonesian Playboy's publishers are weighing whether to print again after violent protests over the first issue, now being offered on eBay as a collector's item.

British pop star George Michael has reignited his feud with Elton John, saying recent harsh media treatment of his personal life started when John made adverse comments about his state of mind.

New York doormen doffed their caps to relieved New Yorkers on Friday morning after a last-minute contract deal between apartment workers and owners averted a strike, sparing well-off city residents from having to hail their own taxis and take out their own trash.

Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.