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Oddities News Archive - May 19, 2006

The spiritual keeper of Indonesia's Mount Merapi performed a midnight ritual walk around villages to calm the mountain as vulcanologists warn the country's most dangerous volcano could still massively erupt.

Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.