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Oddities News Archive - October 26, 2012

Paranormal Credibility Influenced By Media Messages

The paranormal is a popular and enduring theme in the media. One researcher was intrigued by the omnipresence of paranormal entertainment and wondered what makes viewers believe or not believe what they see on the screen.

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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