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2011-08-16 06:51:40

Researchers from the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources have discovered fresh remains of a freshwater mussel species thought to be extinct in Texas, according to a research associate with the institute. Dr. Charles Randklev said his research team found a single individual of false spike "Quadrula mitchelli" with tissue still in the shell "” which indicates that the individual was recently alive "” in the San Saba River in Central Texas. Mussel thought to be...


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  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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