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Science News Archive - November 24, 2003

By CAIN BURDEAU NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Oysters get shucked and swallowed by the ton in the French Quarter's busy restaurants, and at day's end trash bags dumped on the narrow streets bulge with oyster shells.Robert Landry, a manager at Acme Oyster House, doesn't give it a second thought.

Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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