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2008-06-30 09:02:24

If you're celebrating a birthday this month, you're more likely to be nearsighted than those born in the winter. But if your birth date falls in February, March or April, the news is more distressing: Winter and early spring babies have a greater risk of developing schizophrenia than summer-born ones. Strange coincidences? Esoteric astrological claims? Neither. As unlikely as it sounds, a growing body of scientific research shows the month you were born can predispose you to certain...


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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