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Oddities News Archive - August 12, 2008

A FIREFIGHTER who had a lung removed after being misdiagnosed with cancer yesterday told how the error ruined his life. Laurence Ball (58) was told he had a tumour in his lung and needed surgery to remove the organ.

Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'