Oddities News Archive - May 17, 2006


Thais may not be able to see the "The Da Vinci Code" movie after a police-run censorship board ordered the last 10 minutes cut and some sub-titles changed before it is shown in the largely Buddhist country.

The head of the conservative Catholic group Opus Dei says he prays every day for author Dan Brown and the people behind the film of his novel "The Da Vinci Code," which portrays his movement as secretive and murderous.

Word of the Day
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'