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Oddities News Archive - October 07, 2008

By The Associated Press ELK GROVE, Calif. (AP) - That's a lot of pumpkin seeds. A Canadian farmer has won a contest in California with a pumpkin that weighs more than 1,500 pounds.

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Japanese boffins from Tsukuba University have unveiled the most realistic robot suit to date with plans to distribute it on a mass scale on Friday.

Word of the Day
upstander
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.