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Travelling Gnome Studying Earth's Varying Gravity
2012-03-25 05:39:18

A globetrotting garden gnome isn't merely wandering from place to place on a sightseeing tour -- it is actually part of a precision scale manufacturer's attempt to illustrate the changes in gravity that can occur depending on which part of the Earth a person (or lawn ornament) calls home. According to LiveScience reporter Stephanie Pappas, the project is a collaboration between Kern & Sohn and schools and research centers throughout the globe in order to show how the gnome's weight...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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