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Oddities News Archive - February 15, 2009

A survey of British 11-year-olds finds most have heard their parents swearing and 40 percent say they use bad language themselves. Ninety percent of the 3,000 youngsters questioned said their parents swear in front of them and almost as large a percentage said the older generation and celebrities who cuss in public are setting a bad example, The Daily Telegraph reported.

A pair of pandas sent from China to a zoo in Taiwan enjoyed their first outside trip Saturday on Valentine's Day. Some couples came to the zoo with bouquets of red roses to mark the occasion, Xinhua, the Chinese government news agency reported.

The top fashion buzzwords during the current time of economic hardship are Chiconomics and Michelle Obama, or so says the Global Language Monitor. The fashion world is affected by the global economic meltdown like everyone else this year and are reflected in this season's buzzwords like Chiconomics and Recessionist, said Millie Payack, the monitor's fashion correspondent.

An 81-year-old magician says he is deeply in love with his new 79-year-old wife, who he met during a magic show in Florida. Magician Joseph Marker said he met Camille Lewis last May at Southwest Focal Point Senior Center in Pembroke Pines when he asked her to serve as his show assistant, and less than a year later the couple married there, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Sunday. We just fell in love and are always telling each other that we love each other, Marker said.

Teenagers taking part in an anti-Valentine's Day party in Salt Lake City, Utah, say they oppose the holiday more than the idea of love. Party attendee Fay Fay Ye, 16, said the young people who gathered Saturday at Salt Lake City's Whitmore Library were against celebrating a commercialized holiday that confines the expression of love to a single day, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. It's not that we're against the idea of showing love, said Ye, who helped organize the event, which included the sharing of anti-love poems and the gleeful destruction of candy hearts and heart-shaped cookies. Attendee Dan Turchenko, 17, said such traditional Valentine's Day gifts are part of the mass packaging of the holiday to consumers. It's just like pre-packaged romance, you know ...

The state of Oregon has turned 150 years old and received a 400-pound cake for its sesquicentennial party, party attendees say. While the seven-layer cake was meant to serve 3,000 people, 6,000 showed up for Saturday's festivities at the Capitol in Salem, The (Portland) Oregonian reported Sunday. today is about you. You sure serve a crummy cake, 70-year-old Salem resident Merwyn Richert joked to cake servers at the event. I just wanted to have a taste, Wilsonville Arts and Culture Council member Theonie Gilmore, who managed to grab a morsel, told The Oregonian.

Past and present employees of Miami banker Leonard Abess Jr.

Two llamas owned by Terry McCrone served as honor guard members for the Ohio man's funeral, his pastor says. The Rev.

Word of the Day
bretelles
  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
The word 'bretelles' comes from a French word meaning 'braces'.