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Science News Archive - April 16, 2006

By Sammy Fretwell, The State, Columbia, S.C. Apr. 16--Swarming flies disrupted a funeral service Minnie Owens attended one day at her community church near Westminster. She thinks the nasty bugs came from a mega-chicken farm that opened down the road several years ago.

The Danube threatened to spill over soaked anti-flood defenses in Serbia's capital and wash through towns across southeastern Europe on Sunday after heavy rains helped push it to its highest levels in a century.

By Virginia De Leon, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Apr. 16--In the silence of the sanctuary, four nuns fall to their knees in prayer. "Dear Jesus, help us to spread your fragrance everywhere we go," they beseech before a simple altar.

Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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