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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
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.