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WORD of the Day



the ringing or sounding of bells

About the word:

This word’s Latin source,tintinnabulum, means “bell” and evokes the sound of one.

The word was popularized in the mid 1800s by Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Bells”: “Keeping time, time, time, / In a sort of Runic rhyme, / To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells / from the bells, bells, bells, bells, / Bells, bells, bells….”


Bozo Criminal of the Day

It Would Have Been So Much Simpler To Have Sexted Him

Bozo criminal for today comes from Marion County, Florida, where cops pulled over a 35-year-old woman for speeding. Or at least they attempted to pull her over. When she saw the police, she sped up and attempted to flee before running a stop sign and crashing into a tree. She wasn’t injured in the accident and when the officer noticed she was topless, it was then that she offered up the Bozo Excuse of the Week. She said she had removed her top and was en route to surprise her boyfriend. She couldn’t explain why she had to remove her top before she got to his house. She’s been charged with fleeing and eluding law enforcement.


 South Koreans face heat wave by dining on dog meat

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Some South Koreans are easing the “Dog Days of Summer” by embracing a tradition of eating dog meat to help survive a heat wave gripping the country.

Animal rights activists, meanwhile, packed themselves into wire cages to protest the eating of dogs.

Tuesday is the day South Koreans traditionally eat dog meat and other foods that they believe will help ease the heat by increasing their stamina.

The Yonhap news agency says Seoul is currently undergoing the longest period of time with temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius (95 Fahrenheit) since 1994.

Dog meat restaurants in Seoul say they served more customers than usual on Tuesday.

August 3, 2012

Costa Rican minister fired over racy online video

Karina Bolanos speaks to the media after a meeting at the presidential house in San Jose in this 2011 file photo. (REUTERS)

SAN JOSE – Costa Rica said on Tuesday it had dismissed a junior-level minister after she appeared in a video posted online wearing only her underwear and delivering flirtatious messages.

Deputy Minister for Youth Karina Bolanos lost her job after a video showed her lying in bed, pointing at her breasts and inviting a man she refers to as “little one” to join her.

Bolanos told cable TV network CNN en Espanol the video was made years ago and was put onto the Internet by a computer engineer who stole it and was trying to extort her. Uploaded onto YouTube over the weekend, the clip quickly went viral.

Costa Rica’s Ministry of Culture and Youth said in a statement on Tuesday the video and related legal issues made her position untenable.

The incident is an embarrassment to President Laura Chinchilla, whose Cabinet has suffered a string of resignations since she took power two years ago.

Local media said she declined to comment on the Bolanos scandal on Tuesday.

“I will not address the issue. Any more questions?”, newspaper La Nacion reported her saying after a public event


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