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Sci-Fi & Gaming News Archive - June 18, 2009

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Some video games can make children kinder and more likely to help — not hurt — other people.

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Most people know to unplug computers to prevent lightning damage but some are injured by lightning using hardwired video games, a US researcher says.

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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