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2011-04-14 14:50:00

According to an Australian study, every year a new song spreads among the male humpback whales. The research published on Thursday in Current Biology said the males are the only humpbacks who sing, mostly likely in hopes of finding a mate. Researchers said that the song of the season has originated off the coast of eastern Australia for the past decade. "Our findings reveal cultural change on a vast scale," Ellen Garland, a graduate student at The University of Queensland, said in a press...


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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