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Oddities News Archive - October 05, 2008

By MARTHA RAFFAELE By Martha Raffaele The Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. Sue Nace thought election volunteers were joking when they told her she would have to remove her T-shirt to vote in the presidential primary last spring.

The father of a measurement known as the "Smoot" returned Saturday to be honored at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Cambridge school where he and his fraternity brothers invented it 50 years ago.

Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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