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2009-01-08 07:15:00

The ocean is deep, dark, and murky but with the help of mirrors a fish in the Pacific gets along just fine. Scientists from Tuebingen University, Germany, discovered a rare, living brownsnout spookfish, Dolichopteryx longipes, last year off the coast of Tonga. They found that it was the first vertebrate ever found to use mirrors, rather than lenses, to focus light in its eyes.Professor Julian Partridge from the University of Bristol, said, "In nearly 500 million years of vertebrate...


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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