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Oddities News Archive - August 30, 2008

World News IN BRIEF *NEW YORK It was an unusual ad for a live-in nanny: "My kids are a pain." Rebecca Land Soodak, a mother of four in Manhattan, also admitted in the ad, on the website Craigslist: "I can be a tad difficult to work for. I'm loud, pushy . . .

By The Associated Press SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) - A disposable diaper has saved the life of an 18-month-old boy, breaking his fall from a third-floor apartment window, officials said Thursday.Caua Felipe Massaneiro survived a 30-foot fall because his diaper snagged on a security spike embedded in the concrete wall around his apartment building in the northeastern Brazilian city of Recife.The boy dangled from the spike for a moment, then "the diaper opened and the baby fell to the ground, but at a much slower speed," a police officer said.

Word of the Day
taphephobia
  • A morbid dread of being buried alive. Also spelled 'taphiphobia'.
The word 'taphephobia' comes from Greek roots meaning 'burial' and 'fear'.
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