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Oddities News Archive - June 06, 2012

Vampire Skeletons Unearthed, Still Dead

What do you do when a suspected Vampire is living in your neighborhood? You and a hoard of your closest friends mercilessly hunt him down and drive long iron rods through his chest.

Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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