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Oddities News Archive - June 18, 2008

By Michele Munz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jun. 18--Dr. Sherman Silber has long been a trailblazer in fertility. Now the St. Louis-area surgeon is taking his expertise in humans and using it for endangered animals.

Equal time, equal time. Not every one hates SPAM, it turns out. A recent column about my own ghastly experiences with the iconic (and inexpensive) lunch meat, now enjoying new popularity, brought forth a host of comments. Mostly they came in the form of recipes.

Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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