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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
postliminy
  • In Roman antiquity, the return of a person who had been banished, or taken prisoner by an enemy, to his old condition and former privileges.
  • In international law, that right by virtue of which persons and things taken by an enemy in war are restored to their former status when coming again under the power of the nation to which they belonged.
The word 'postliminy' comes from a Latin word meaning 'threshold'.