Oddities News Archive - August 11, 2006

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON (Reuters) - Billed as the largest private collection of Barbie dolls, the lifelong passion of a Dutch mother will go under the hammer next month.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Lou Diamond Phillips, who starred in the 1987 film "La Bamba," was jailed early on Friday on suspicion of domestic abuse against his live-in girlfriend, Los Angeles police said.

Word of the Day
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'