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2008-01-26 00:00:00

During an upcoming episode of Britain's "ËœExtraordinary Animals" program, viewers will be able to see an ape defeat 2004 World Memory Championship winner Ben Pridmore. Ayumu, a seven-year-old male chimp raised in captivity in Japan, did three times as well as Mr. Pridmore at a computer game which involved remembering the position of numbers on a screen. It's a significant accomplishment, considering Mr. Pridmore, a 30-year-old accountant, is capable of memorizing the order of a...


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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