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Oddities News Archive - June 17, 2008

MacGyver's got nothing on this monkey. A spider monkey new to the city's Washington Park Zoo used a garden hose to scale the walls of a moat and make a break for freedom. Workers were cleaning the moat at the time Wednesday.

World News IN BRIEF *NEW YORK A trust fund of $12m (6.1m) left by the late hotelier Leona Helmsley for her dog has been reduced by a court to $2m. Helmsley, who died last August, left the money for Trouble, a nine- year-old Maltese who lives in Florida at a Helmsley hotel.

A Medford detective testified today that a computer taken from Neil Entwistle's home was used for a Google search on "how to kill with a knife" four days before the brainy Brit's wife and child were found murdered. Det.

Word of the Day
taphephobia
  • A morbid dread of being buried alive. Also spelled 'taphiphobia'.
The word 'taphephobia' comes from Greek roots meaning 'burial' and 'fear'.
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