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Oddities News Archive - August 14, 2008

XENIA, Ohio - A video posted on Myspace.com shows an employee of the Burger King in Xenia taking a bath in a kitchen sink as other employees look on or continue working. "It's my birthday and I'm taking a bath in the sink at Burger King," the tattooed worker tells the camera.

n Erie, Pa. Officials at the Erie Zoo say one of their new Amur tigers is too shy to explore a new $500,000 exhibit. Nikki, a 370-pound male tiger, has refused to come out of his den into the public exhibit since it opened two months ago.

The Associated Press WELLFORD, S.C. A stolen bear cub is back with his brother at a South Carolina animal park after being snatched and put on display at a truck stop.

By Rhona Ganguly; Ian Richardson Blogs in Birmingham and across the pond were buzzing yesterday after The Birmingham Post revealed how thousands of recycling leaflets posted to households in the city had been produced with a picture of the wrong skyline.

By ROD CHAYTOR IT was a Brum do when Birmingham council chiefs came to choosing a picture of their city. Instead of the familiar West Midlands skyline, they printed 720,000 leaflets showing a picture of Birmingham, ALABAMA - 4,219 miles away.

Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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