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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
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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