The precise terminology of modern science

Jocelyn Limpert jocelyn.limpert at GMAIL.COM
Sun Feb 17 02:16:29 UTC 2013

Actually the phrase was "BIGGER than
a breadbox" and it was coined by Steve Allen when he served as a panelist
on "What's My Line?" in the 1950's.

On Sat, Feb 16, 2013 at 3:42 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:

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>  From an illustration titled "Fireball" attached to the NYTimes
> article on the Chelyabinsk meteor:
> "An _asteroid_ is a rock large than a boulder orbiting in the inner
> solar system, usually between Mars and Jupiter."
> In the good old days, it used to be "larger than a breadbox."
> Joel
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