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International News Archive - January 09, 2013

Australian Wildfires Continue Despite Cooler Temps

Despite cooler conditions across southeastern Australia on Wednesday, the threat of wildfires remained a concern throughout the states of New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, according to various news reports.

Teotihuacans Used Make-up To Honor Their Dead After Exhuming Their Body

In collaboration with the National University of Mexico, a team of Spanish researchers has analyzed for the first time remains of cosmetics in the graves of prehispanic civilizations on the American continent.

Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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