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Oddities News Archive - July 12, 2006

By Doug Young SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Nearly a century after legendary U.S. showman Richard Ripley first came to China, the firm bearing his name plans to open one of its trademark "Believe It or Not" museums of the bizarre in Asia's most populous nation.

Word of the Day
postliminy
  • In Roman antiquity, the return of a person who had been banished, or taken prisoner by an enemy, to his old condition and former privileges.
  • In international law, that right by virtue of which persons and things taken by an enemy in war are restored to their former status when coming again under the power of the nation to which they belonged.
The word 'postliminy' comes from a Latin word meaning 'threshold'.