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2008-10-04 18:00:11

By KATE HODAL Anyone who's ever tried to compost and ended up with nothing but soggy lettuce and banana skins, or a Bokashi bin that smells like Freddy Krueger's underwear, knows that being green isn't always easy. But with a bit of knowhow, you can avoid some of these pitfalls and reap the benefits you thought were out of your reach. Because home composting, whether it's a wormery, a Bokashi bin, or saving fruit and veg scraps to put onto your compost bin, doesn't just give you nice,...

2006-07-27 15:35:08

By Andrew Stern CHICAGO (Reuters) - Both sides in lawsuits alleging that telephone companies unlawfully cooperated in a secret U.S. government spying program argued on Thursday that a federal court panel should give the cases to a single judge. U.S. Deputy Assistant Attorney General Carl Nichols urged the panel to transfer the roughly two-dozen cases filed around the United States to the federal court in Washington, D.C., while a plaintiff's attorney asked to have a San Francisco...


Word of the Day
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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