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2006-09-11 12:30:00

This summer, a science team set out on a two-week expedition of Earth's own little version of Jupiter's moon Europa -- the Borup Fiord Pass at Ellesmere Island, a place hidden high above the rest of the world in the Canadian High Arctic. The team, headed by Canadian geologists Drs. Stephen Grasby and Benoit Beauchamp, included Dahmnait Gleeson, a grad student who works under JPL scientist and Europa specialist Dr. Bob Pappalardo. Ellesmere Island's sulfur-rich springs leave large, telltale...


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callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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