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Oddities News Archive - August 29, 2008

By The Associated Press HICKMAN, Neb.

By The Associated Press HOSCHTON, Ga. (AP) - This small northeastern Georgia town's population boom is frightening.

Elephant calf is OK after being trampled PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon Zoo veterinarians say the elephant born there over the weekend seems healthy despite being trampled by his mother. An examination found no broken bones or internal injuries. The calf weighed 286 pounds on arrival.

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It was an unusually honest ad for a live-in nanny, a 1,000-word tome beginning, "My kids are a pain." But it worked, attracting a brave soul who's never been a nanny before.

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A disposable diaper halted the fall of an 18-month-old baby from a third-floor window Tuesday night and saved his life in Recife in northeastern Brazil, local media reported Wednesday.

Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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