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Oddities News Archive - August 22, 2009

Ken Livingstone, the former mayor of London, plans to marry his longtime partner at the zoo in a pavilion next to the reptile house. Livingstone and Emma Beal have been involved with each other for more than a decade and have two children.

The right location is a key to business success, experts say, but a teahouse is celebrating its 50th anniversary despite being in the remote Canadian Rockies. One might think convenience and steady walk-up traffic would be important to the survival of a tea shop.

A Swedish navy boat made an unexpected landing Saturday when it ran up on shore during a festival in Soderkoping, a witness said. A Combat Boat 90 was traveling at high speed and attempted to stop suddenly in front of the audience at Kanalfest along the Gota Canal.

An 3-foot-long alligator ventured far from home and ended up in the Chicago River, officials say.

Word of the Day
saggar
  • A ceramic container used inside a fuel-fired kiln to protect pots from the flame.
The word 'saggar' may come from 'safeguard'.
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