these are the timesdirty beloved
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16.12.06

Finbarr O'Reilly

Sheldon said they cook 28 hogs the day before Mother's and Father's Day weekend and Easter.
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There are 4 cities directly under the central government, 23 provinces, 5 autonomous regions and 2 administrative regions in China, as well as more than 3,000 cities and towns under them.

15.12.06

"One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man."

Elbert Hubbard

14.12.06

It was thought that he had forgotten to fasten his seat belt.
John Purroy Mitchel bio at wikipedia
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The Boy Mayor of New York City at loc

11.12.06

nimptopsical [nim-tops-ih-kul]

drunk. This word is one of more than 200 synonyms for ‘drunk’ compiled by Benjamin Franklin; some of the others included cherry-merry, lappy, and “been too free with Sir Richard.”
Also:
myomancy [mye-uh-man-see]: divination by the movements of mice. Modern scientists probably study the movements of mice as much or more than the ancient myomancers did, and for ends that are not dissimilar

snollygoster [snah-lee-gahs-ter]: a dishonest politician

spanghew [spang-hyoo]; to cause a frog or toad to fly into the air.

chamade [shuh-mahd]: a signal inviting someone to a parley (usually a drumbeat or a trumpet sounding). Now perhaps useful to those who carry beepers. "Sorry, have to go, it's a chamade."

Vofuhreffekt [vor-fyur-ef-ket]: a German word, literally 'presentation effect' which describes a problem, usually with a computer, that doesn't happen when other people try to replicate it (such as, say, the Help Desk guy you called for).
Erin's Weird and Wonderful Word of the Day

10.12.06

...as a person might watch schools of minnows swimming in a brook beneath a bridge
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...it rivals the find in South Africa and Indonesia of the coelacanth, a prehistoric fish previously known only through fossils
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...the bird averaged a surprising 350 km daily. In some cases, a breeding pair made the entire journey together.
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The single cell of this fragile new species of Xenophyophore, found at 4,300 m depth, is enclosed within a plate-like shell, 1 cm in diameter, composed of mineral grains.

Census of Marine Life

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