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2007-09-24 21:37:16

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Maybe it was the private room with soft moss for nesting, or the duck penthouse about 8 inches off the ground to simulate the raised ridges upon which Steller's eiders like to breed in arctic Alaska, or the older guy who had done some living on the wild side. Whatever it was, this girl got busy. She laid a whopping 23 eggs in two clutches, proving that Steller's eiders can successfully be bred in captivity. "She laid quite a few more eggs than expected," said Tuula...


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out-herod
  • 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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