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2011-04-02 06:40:00

An international team of scientists published new research this week on the origins of flies and, and despite popular belief, the common ancestry house flies have with mosquitoes. Researchers, publishing a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, said the mosquito branched off the same evolutionary tree as the house fly about 220 million years ago, while the house fly branched off about 170 million years later. While only a few species of flies are commonly...

2005-12-22 08:25:15

By James Regan SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australians would be smart to keep their mouths shut and clothes on this holiday season. Christmas comes at the height of summer Down Under and summer brings flies -- billions of them. The silent bush flies travel in swarms this time of year, from the stark outback to beachside towns, seeking refuge from the sizzling sun in places warm and moist: that often means people's mouths, noses, ears and...er, get the picture? "Australia has about 20,000...

2005-12-22 00:25:42

By James Regan SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australians would be smart to keep their mouths shut and clothes on this holiday season. Christmas comes at the height of summer Down Under and summer brings flies -- billions of them. The silent bush flies travel in swarms this time of year, from the stark outback to beachside towns, seeking refuge from the sizzling sun in places warm and moist: that often means people's mouths, noses, ears and...er, get the picture? "Australia has about 20,000...


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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