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
- A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'