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International News Archive - March 05, 2012

Fiery Meteor Reported In UK Skies Saturday Night

Both police telephone lines and Twitter alike were inundated with reports of what is believed to have been a large, fiery meteor streaking in the skies above the UK, with sightings ranging from the northern part of Scotland to the southern edge of England.

Large Portion Of Argentine Glacier Collapses Into River

Portions of Perito Moreno glacier in Argentina collapsed early Sunday morning creating a spectacular show that few tourists were witness to due to the early hour of the day.

Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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