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Nephelococcygia

November 18, 2009 by USA Post 

interFor those types out there who got excited the first time they heard stamp collecting had a name (”philately”), you’ll be delighted to know that nephelococcygia is the technical term for cloud gazing.

The word nephelococcygia originates from Aristophanes’ play The Birds.  It is the Greek for “Cloud Cuckoo Land,” the utopian city in the clouds that the main character persuades all the birds in the world to build.

Cloud gazing, or sky gazing, can be a fun way to pass the afternoon hours.  More than fun, though, I’ve found it to be incredibly relaxing.  It’s getting a bit cold out to do it lately, but it’s a favorite spring/summer tradition.

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