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2008-08-06 03:00:41

By Andy Mead, The Lexington Herald-Leader, Ky. Aug. 6--PLEASANT HILL -- When people gather here to talk about mining, it's usually coal mining. This week, the discussion is out of this world. The 18 people attending the "Asteroid Mining 'X' Seminar" at Shaker Village are discussing extracting natural resources from the thousands of little planet-ettes found in our solar system. No kidding. Getting to an asteroid, mining it, and getting back, would be the (relatively) easy part, the...


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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