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2008-10-08 00:00:14

World in brief TOKYO A bald, naked man who said he was a British tourist was arrested yesterday after going swimming in the moat of Japan's Imperial Palace. He was eventually caught after a 90-minute chase that saw him climb the 8 metre-high palace wall, throw rocks and splash water at police. "I've never heard of anyone doing such a thing," a man at the scene told TV Tokyo. "He must be a bit crazy." Police said it was unclear what the man's motives were, although he had apparently...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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