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Oddities News Archive - December 27, 2008

Hollywood, Fla., may join Opa-locka, Fla., St.

The manager of a pet adoption site in West Lothian, Scotland, says a Labrador puppy likely used as a holiday gift was handed in Christmas Day. Dogs Trust manager Susan Tonner said the abandonment of the puppy on Christmas Day represented a tragic holiday pattern of people not recognizing the responsibility

A group of protesting snowmen carrying signs like Snowpeople have rights made a brief appearance at city hall in Anchorage, Alaska, this week. The 3-foot-high snowmen appeared Christmas Day, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

A giant straw Christmas goat in Gavle, Sweden, was burned down again this year by unknown assailants, officials said. The Local reported Saturday that all that remained of the 43-foot Gavle goat was a blackened skeleton. The newspaper reported that for decades residents have erected a traditional straw goat before Christmas in the main city square, and vandals for years have burned it to the ground. We have been so happy that he survived through Christmas Eve, which is the toughest period every year.

Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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