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2012-01-27 08:00:00

Leading Online Eyewear Retailer Introduces New Line of Vuarnet Sunglasses Austin, TX (PRWEB) January 27, 2012 Online eyewear retailer FramesDirect.com will be the exclusive U.S. seller of a new line of sport and fashion sunglasses by the iconic sunglass brand Vuarnet. Roger Pouilloux and Joseph Hatchiguian launched what would become Vuarnet in the 1960s. The Vuarnet brand quickly gained popularity when its proprietary lens and distinctive frame design was worn by members of the French...

2012-01-03 13:06:50

In 1766, Frenchwoman Jeanne Baret disguised herself as a man to work as assistant to renowned botanist Philibert Commerson on the first French circumnavigation of the globe. The expedition consisted of two ships under the command of Louis Antoine de Bougainville and was expected to take three years. A royal ordinance forbade women from being on French naval vessels; prejudice and custom prevented their participation in science. Nevertheless, Baret maintained her disguise all the time she was...


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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