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2005-06-16 11:45:00

By installing a seat-lifting device and hand-operated driving controls, undergraduate engineers at Johns Hopkins have transformed a tractor to allow people with disabilities to help maintain the grounds of a southern Maryland state park. The project resulted from a request from Donnie Hammett, ranger and manager of the 596-acre Greenwell State Park in St. Mary s County. In keeping with the wishes of the Greenwell family, which donated part of the property, the park has a special emphasis on...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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