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2009-02-04 15:12:02

A German man won New York's annual Empire State Building Run-Up for the fourth consecutive year by beating more than 300 competitors to the top of 1,576 stairs. Thomas Dold won his fourth top prize in the men's field during Tuesday's race from the lobby of the Manhattan skyscraper to its 86th floor observation deck by completing the feat in a personal best time of 10 minutes, 7 seconds, WPIX-TV, New York, reported Wednesday. Australian Suzy Walsham overcame an initial stumble on the ground...

Word of the Day
  • 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.'