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2008-12-01 16:46:02

Florida scientists have warned that exotic roaches purchased on the Internet to feed pet lizards could lead to the non-native species infesting U.S. homes. University of Florida entomologists said insects including the Madagascar hissing roach, a 3-inch-long horned roach that hisses like a snake, could gain a foothold in Florida homes if specimens purchased via the Internet as pet food escape and mate, The St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reported Monday. It's not that they're any harder to kill...


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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