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Oddities News Archive - August 02, 2006

Residents of the normally pristine retreat, a narrow slip of land in the St. Mary's River nestled between the United States and the Canadian province of Ontario, are confronting an unexpected crisis at boat slips and fishing spots: a surge of raw sewage, including human waste, condoms and used syringes.

Word of the Day
barratry
  • 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.
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