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UK Man Builds Homemade Ticker-Tape Machine That Prints Tweets
2013-08-23 11:27:01

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A UK man has developed a modern-day version of the 19th century ticker-tape machine that prints out tweets instead of stock price information. The new machine, named "Twittertape," was developed by 32-year-old web developer, Adam Vaughan, from Cumbria in the UK. The device was built from scratch using second-hand parts from clocks. "I have a keen interest in history and have always been fascinated by ticker-tape machines as a design...


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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