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Oddities News Archive - August 19, 2008

By Roger Maynard THE MAYOR of an outback mining town in deepest Queensland has angered Australia's womenfolk by suggesting that those who are "beauty disadvantaged" might head to Mount Isa.

Remember: Buckle up and don't get in a hurry Zoo keepers at the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem have found a way to help Arava, a disabled tortoise. Arava has been fitted with a metal board with two wheels attached to her shell that help her move around.

Word of the Day
sudarium
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.