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Oddities News Archive - April 24, 2006

China's army recruits can look forward to a better night's sleep thanks to a new regulation banning chronic snorers from joining up.

Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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