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
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.