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We Cook Off Our Potatoes (minicast)

If a restaurant menu states, “We cook off our potatoes,” what in the heck does that mean? A truck driver who encountered such an announcement at a roadside cafe is still puzzling over what it means to “cook off” a tuber. He...

skeet-shooting

skeet-shooting  n.— «A special technique, known as “skeet-shooting,” was developed by controllers to cancel out the high speed of the moon relative to Cassini and also help obtain ultra-sharp views as the spacecraft sped past...

EFP

EFP  n.— «What Paton said he saw were “explosively formed penetrators,” or EFPs as they have become known. These roadside bombs are designed to shoot out molten metal that can penetrate the armor on tanks.» —“Bill takes...

monkid

monkid  n.—Gloss: a monkey that is dressed and cared for as if it were a child. «Ms. Delaney’s primates come from laboratories, roadside zoos and misguided owners. Naturally feisty and easily bored in captivity, monkeys are far from being...

command wire

command wire  n.— «Specialist Sandoval, 22, from First Battalion, 501st Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, based at Fort Richardson, Alaska, was convicted of planting a coil of copper wire on the body of the man he killed near Iskandariya...

ghost bike

ghost bike  n.— «They appeared late Monday around Allegheny County, 14 bicycles painted a ghostly white and chained to poles with a cryptic sign: “Cyclist Struck Here.” The roadside memorials are the work of Ghost Bike...