The morning Odds & Ends
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. The response from the vocabularians was so ginormous that the lexicographers let out a whoot.Confuzzled? You must be a lingweenie.The editors of Merriam-Webster dictionaries got more than 3,000 entries when, in a lighthearted moment, they asked visitors to their website to submit their favorite words that arent in the dictionary.It was a lot of fun, Arthur Bicknell, a spokesman for the Springfield-based dictionary publisher, said Monday. We werent expecting so many. They only had two weeks.Some of the proposed words even gained multiple submissions so the editors came up with an unofficial Top 10 list.First place went to ginormous bigger than gigantic and bigger than enormous followed by confuzzled for confused and puzzled simultaneously, and whoot, an exclamation of joy. A lingweenie a person incapable of making up new words placed 10th.Besides the Top Ten, some loyal Mary Poppins fans submitted supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, which is in the Oxford English Dictionary, Bicknell said. He also spotted a number of Harry Potterisms among the entries.We will have to see about those, he said.On the Net:http://www.merriam-webster.com
GRAYLING, Mich. Built in 1889, seldom used since 1990 and decaying, Stittsville Church didnt seem to have a prayer.But its getting a new lease on life.The church will be moved Wednesday to Wellington Farm Park, a living history farm southwest of Grayling.The church will be a good fit at the 60-acre farm, where things are as it would have been in 1932, said Howard Taylor, who owns Wellington Farm Park.Vintage equipment and methods are used there to cultivate produce and keep a farm stand stocked through the growing season.The church will keep its name and will be dedicated to the memories and history of Stittsville, an unincorporated crossroads about 20 miles northeast of Cadillac in Missaukee County, Taylor added.It was just deteriorating. It wasnt being used for anything, said Martha Johnson, a member of the bygone congregation, told the Traverse City Record-Eagle recently. It was very hard to watch that.The $50,000 needed to move the church was raised through private donations, grants and a series of chicken dinners. Up to $250,000 is needed for restoration efforts and to construct an education center, modern restrooms and a garden area.On the Net:http://www.wellingtonfarmpark.org/
FORT PAYNE, Ala. Move over, Fort Payne. It looks like Las Vegas has taken the cake.After 15 years of being known as the city that created the worlds largest birthday cake, this Alabama town may have to forfeit the title.Las Vegas created its own giant cake last weekend in celebration of the citys 100th birthday. The cake, assembled by 600 volunteers, weighed 130,000 pounds and measured 102 feet long, 52 feet wide and 20 inches high.Organizers said they expected Guinness Book of Records officials to confirm the Sin City confection as the worlds largest within weeks.Fort Payne has held the title since 1989, when it created a 128,238-pound cake in the shape of Alabama to commemorate the citys 100th birthday.I hate that we have lost the honor, but it took a great city like Las Vegas to beat us out, Fort Payne Mayor Bill Jordan said.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. A developer who is the descendant of Greek immigrants proposed building one of the capitals tallest skyscrapers with a scale replica of the Parthenon on top.Angelo G. Tsakopoulos unveiled plans last week for the 29-story office tower near the state Capitol that would honor his Greek ancestors.As a family, we will cherish the building as a tribute to the perseverance and accomplishment of our parents, Tsakopoulos told The Sacramento Bee.While Tsakopoulos company said city planners have expressed support for the project, not everyone thinks it is destined to be the citys architectural crown jewel.Architect David Eisen called a rendering of the design an uncomfortable mix of boring and overbearing.This is the kind of kitschy proposal that might make sense in Disneyland or Las Vegas, Eisen said.The 430,000-square-foot office building is estimated to cost between $105 million to $115 million.The Tsakopoulos family, which has made money in real estate and is active in charitable organizations, has been in the United States five decades since coming from the Greek village of Rizai.Architect Edwin M. Kado, who designed the building with the replica of the Greek goddess Athenas temple, said he heard criticism when he designed a terraced pyramid that opened in 1998 along the Sacramento River.Once called hyped up and gaudy, it is now featured on nationally televised Sacramento Kings basketball games.Any worthy architecture needs to incite some interest and controversy, he said, especially if youre going to create a memorable, distinctive building.
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