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2009-09-08 06:20:00

British archaeologists announced on Monday that they think they have deciphered the mystery of the red hats on the huge stone statues on Easter Island. The researchers feel that the answer to the mystery is connected to their find of a road on the island in the Pacific. The hats were constructed in a quarry concealed in the crater of an old volcano, and then transported on tree logs to the statues, wrote the team from the University of Manchester and University College London. The...


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out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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