Oddities News Archive - June 20, 2006

By Waheed Khan KARACHI (Reuters) - Every Saturday night Pakistani actor Ali Saleem puts on a bright saree and chunky jewelery and transforms himself into glamorous widow Begum Nawazish Ali, who teases guests with flirty questions on a television chat show.

By Matthew Jones LONDON (Reuters) - The car owner's grimace may be real as the "parking ticket" is peeled from the windshield, but it soon becomes clear the penalty notice is a fake.

The mayor of Connecticut's largest city admitted on Tuesday to using cocaine while in office.

Word of the Day
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.