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Oddities News Archive - November 17, 2010

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When Patrick Minnis saw video of the "mystery" contrail Nov 9 that looked like a missile launch near Catalina Island off Los Angeles, he figured it the way most people did.

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'.