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Oddities News Archive - August 31, 2008

By LARA GOULD AT just five days old her parents were strapping tiny bags of rice to her arms in a cruel fitness regime. Three years later and little Barbara Akulova has been turned into a baby bodybuilder - pumping iron bars for two hours a day.

Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'