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International News Archive - October 07, 2010

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Bird excrement is once again prized as gold in Peru as a handful of islands off the nation's Pacific coast are literally covered in tons and tons of guano.

Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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