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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
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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