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2008-09-05 21:00:07

By Jacky Runice If, in your official capacity of family travel planner extraordinaire, you're eliciting yawns and sighs and glazed-over eyes at the question of "mountains or beach this year?" relax the pinched look of irritation and go at it from another angle - from the inside out. Choose an unusual place to lodge and see what you can discover all around it. Even though 21st-century kids aren't well versed in the Wild West, young varmints might get a kick out of a stay in the Pioneertown...

2006-07-12 13:40:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A 26,000-acre (10,520- hectare) wildfire burned out of control in the California desert on Wednesday, threatening thousands of homes after destroying structures in a town used for filming Hollywood westerns. Authorities in San Bernardino County, east of Los Angeles, have declared a state of emergency and asked Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for disaster relief as more than 2,000 firefighters worked to contain the blaze. The fire, which officials believe was started on...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • 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.'
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