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Oddities News Archive - April 12, 2009

A Good Friday Mass at the Vatican program was interrupted in Bucks County, Pa., by an advertisement for Girls Gone Wild, a Comcast spokesman says. Jeff Alexander, a spokesman for the cable TV company, blamed the early-morning TV incident on a required Emergency Alert System test, the Philadelphia Daily

Brides in New York appear to be among the victims of the recession, with retailers saying more grooms are buying cubic zirconia rings instead of diamonds. New York Diamond District retailers said an increasing number of would-be husbands are purchasing the fake diamonds for their brides' engagement rings to save money during the economic downturn, the New York Post reported Sunday. There are people who will buy a setting and put a CZ in it for now, hoping to replace it later, private jeweler Shella Eckhouse said of the recent trend. Luxury jeweler Kara Ackerman said some of those grooms not purchasing cubic zirconia settings are instead turning to one-carat diamond rings instead of the more traditional and expensive two-carat rings. The budget used to be $65,000.

The Obamas' watch dog may not be very big but the media dog watch has been huge, with the latest news being the US first family's best friend is named Bo.

Two opening-day Mets tickets, part of a season-ticket package owned by investor Bernard Madoff's company, fetched $7,500 in an online auction Sunday, eBay said. The price spiked in the final minutes of the auction, CNN reported.

Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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