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California Great White Sharks May Get Endangered Species Status
2013-02-07 14:59:48

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On Wednesday, California's Fish and Game Commission recommended that the endangered status be given to great white sharks in the waters under their jurisdiction. Based on a recent population survey that found fewer than 340 adult sharks inhabiting the two principal feeding areas off the central California coast and the Baja Peninsula in Mexico, the five-member commission voted unanimously to designate the great white as a candidate for...

2008-09-16 06:00:19

By Martyn McLaughlin ONE day, writer Peter Benchley came across a newspaper story about a Long Island fisherman who caught a 4,500lb great white shark. "I thought to myself, 'What would happen if one of those came around and wouldn't go away?'" Benchley later recalled. It was a scenario that launched one of the most successful debut novels in history, and laid the foundations for one of cinema's iconic creations. By the time Benchley realised his 1964 idea, and published his...

2006-02-12 20:39:48

By Chris Michaud NEW YORK (Reuters) - Peter Benchley, author of the bestseller "Jaws" that was the basis for the blockbuster movie that terrified beachgoers and kept many out of the water for years, died at his home at age 65, his family said on Sunday. Benchley, well-known for other water-based suspense fiction including "The Deep" and "The Island," which also spawned films, died of complications from pulmonary fibrosis, his son-in-law Chris Turner told Reuters. Benchley was...

2006-02-12 20:35:00

By Chris Michaud NEW YORK -- Peter Benchley, author of the bestseller "Jaws" that was the basis for the blockbuster movie that terrified beachgoers and kept many out of the water for years, died at his home at age 65, his family said on Sunday. Benchley, well-known for other water-based suspense fiction including "The Deep" and "The Island," which also spawned films, died of complications from pulmonary fibrosis, his son-in-law Chris Turner told Reuters. Benchley was diagnosed with the...

2006-02-12 19:55:00

By Chris Michaud NEW YORK (Reuters) - Peter Benchley, the author of the bestseller "Jaws" which was made into a blockbuster movie that kept beachgoers out of the water for years, died at his home at age 65, his family said on Sunday. Benchley, well-known for other water-based suspense fiction including "The Deep" and "The Island," both of which also spawned films, died of complications from pulmonary fibrosis, his son-in-law Chris Turner told Reuters. Benchley was diagnosed with the condition...


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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