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Oddities News Archive - September 11, 2008

World News IN BRIEF *TYRE A Lebanese restaurant owner and his wife found 26 pearls in a single oyster that she was having for lunch. Raymond Salha said the discovery at his Al-Fanar restaurant was a "total surprise". They have only found a single pearl previously while opening an oyster.

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Its eerie blue hue was attracting plenty of curious onlookers who crowded around a glass jar - but its sting could be deadly.

Officials in Australia say New South Wales Police Minister Matt Brown has resigned after admitting he danced on his office sofa wearing only his underpants. Brown quit on Wednesday after only three days on the job, The Australian reported Thursday.

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ELKHART, Ind. - Call it the time capsule that time forgot. A city committee voted recently to open a time capsule buried in 1958, when the city was celebrating its centennial. The plan was to display the items, then add modern ones and rebury it until 2058.

Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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