Latest Jonathan Foster Stories

2006-10-24 06:00:26

By Monica Hatcher, The Miami Herald Oct. 24--They splash around Farmer Joe's pigsty for a time, before they're steamed, split, bathed in vinegar, salt and red dye #40, then shipped to Wal-Marts across the state to take their place among other savory snack foods. They're SW Red Smith's famous Pickled Pigs Feet, brought to you by the Foster brothers of Davie. At first blush, one might assume the popularity of pickled pigs feet -- a sour, bony, gelatinous food -- has waned in recent...

2005-11-03 11:30:00

Cambridge, MA -- Hubble's iconic images include many shots of cosmic clouds of gas and dust called nebulae. For example, the famous "Pillars of Creation" mark the birthplace of new stars within the Eagle Nebula. Yet despite their beauty, visible-light images show only the nebulae surfaces. Baby stars may hide beneath, invisible even to Hubble's powerful gaze. Harvard astronomers have pioneered a new way to peer below the surface using near-infrared light that is invisible to the human eye....

Word of the Day
  • 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.'