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Oddities News Archive - September 27, 2008

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Zhou Zhenglong, the farmer who shocked the country with his fake photo of the endangered South China tiger, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on Saturday in northwest China's Shaanxi Province.

A man who is accused of threatening a painter with a hatchet was arrested Thursday by Salt Lake police. When a man hired to paint an apartment near 350 South and 300 East arrived in the morning he noticed a naked man at the window of another apartment, said Salt Lake police detective Jeff Bedard.

Word of the Day
mitraille
  • Small missiles, especially grape, canister, fragments of iron, and the like, when fired, as upon an enemy at close quarters.
  • To fire mitraille at.
The word 'mitraille' comes from the Old French 'mitaille', meaning 'small coins', sometimes used to mean 'scrap iron'.