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Oddities News Archive - August 01, 2008

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CANEY, Kan. - Oh, my! Three tiger cubs at a Kansas zoo are getting some maternal care from an unlikely source - Isabella the golden retriever. The tiger cubs were born Sunday at Safari Zoological Park but their mother soon stopped caring for them.

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Yes, Michael Wax stank. He's the first to admit it. The 440-pound New York City man said he was playing poker in an Atlantic City casino for 17 hours Tuesday and didn't have time to clean up.

By Maggie Gill-Austern TURNER - You may be used to going to the library to check out how- to books: algebra, knitting, carpentry - even gardening books, perhaps. But the tools you need to actually carry out the project? Unlikely.

By Dawn Hinshaw, The State, Columbia, S.C. Aug. 1--As they hoped, a Lexington couple's giant backyard pumpkin has indeed set a state record for weight. Frank and Tina Finders' pampered pumpkin weighed in this morning at 897 pounds, beating the previous best of 737 pounds.

Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.