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Flying Dutchman’s Story Crashes And Burns
2012-03-22 09:23:29

Peter Suciu for RedOrbit.com Move over Balloon Boy, there is a new hoaxster who has taken flight. This week the media — including this reporter — was duped into believing that Jarno Smeets had achieved flight with his wings made from para-sails and power-assisted by a mobile phone and Nintendo Wii controller. However Smeets´ story seems to be full of more holes than a downed balloon. Late yesterday Wired Magazine reported that it could not confirm Smeets´...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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