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Oddities News Archive - October 01, 2008

World in brief TOKYO Dolphins at a marine park in Japan are on a low-fat diet after developing pot bellies and failing tasks in their aquatic performances. All 19 dolphins at Kinosaki Marine World are on a weight loss and exercise programme. (c) 2008 Independent, The; London (UK).

DETROIT (AP) -- In a case that echoes a "Seinfeld" episode, a former postal worker has been charged with stealing thousands of pieces of mail that authorities say she had kept in a storage unit northwest of Detroit.

A dog is recovering after a Florida Keys carpenter dove in to save the pet from a shark. Greg LeNoir said he took his 14-pound rat terrier, Jake, for a daily swim at a marina in Islamorada on Friday. The 5 -foot shark suddenly surfaced and grabbed nearly the entire dog in its mouth.

INYOKERN, Calif. (AP) -- Thousands of dollar bills stolen from a restaurant in California's high desert could not have been more clearly marked: The Homestead had a tradition of customers writing messages on the currency and hanging it on the walls.

A former U.S. Postal Service worker in Howell, Mich., allegedly kept thousands of pieces of mail in a storage locker, authorities say.

Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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