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Oddities News Archive - May 22, 2007

MADRID, Spain - Things people left on planes and at airports - more than 20,000 of them, including a wedding dress and a pair of rudimentary stilts - were auctioned off Tuesday in a big clear out of Madrid airport's lost-and-found department.

Word of the Day
sudarium
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.