Oddities News Archive - May 03, 2006

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent HAMMERFEST, Norway (Reuters) - Fed up with reindeer wandering the streets, one of the world's most northerly towns is building a 20-km (12-mile) fence to keep the animals out.

By Matt Reynolds RAKOVNIK, Czech Republic (Reuters) - It is a chilly, overcast afternoon in the Czech city of Rakovnik and Olivia Prokopova, 11, is standing on a makeshift golf green in her family's backyard, putting golf balls.

Police searching for the body of a dead woman dug up by animal rights activists said on Wednesday they had found what they believed were human remains.

A Mexican man who at 550 kg (1,200 lb) is possibly the heaviest person in the world hopes to travel to Italy for a life-saving operation to shed weight.

Tom Cruise led New York media and fans on a wild goose chase around the city on Wednesday as he performed stunts designed to publicize his new spy movie "Mission: Impossible III."

Word of the Day
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.