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Oddities News Archive - September 19, 2008

By The Associated Press RIVIERA BEACH, Fla.

The world's oldest man celebrated his 113th birthday Thursday in southern Japan, telling reporters he wants to live another five years. Tomoji Tanabe, who was born Sept. 18, 1895, received gifts, flowers and $1,000 cash from the mayor of his hometown of Miyakonojo, on Kyushu island.

Word of the Day
obdormition
  • Sleep; the state or condition of being asleep.
  • The state or condition of numbness of a part due to pressure on a nerve: as, the obdormition of a limb.
The word 'obdormition' comes from a Latin word meaning "to fall asleep".
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