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Oddities News Archive - May 16, 2006

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With days left until "The Da Vinci Code" opens in theaters worldwide, calls for boycotts and bans of the highly anticipated Vatican thriller are getting louder -- although some say such strategies are likely to backfire.

Word of the Day
fleuron
  • an ornament or knob in the shape of a flower
  • In architecture, a floral ornament; specifically, the large conventional flower usually placed in the center of the abacus of a Corinthian capital or classic ceiling-caisson; also, the floreated termination of a Gothic finial.
[ "The word 'fleuron' comes from French."]