I haven't said anything about the tsunami in the Indian Ocean basin because I don't really have anything to add. It's simply horrible. Let's try to help these folks. Let's try to get an early-warning system in place, like the one in the Pacific, to minimize deaths the next time.
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== rankei (also pronounced: tamagogata) == (noun) oval, egg-shaped
|Unclear origin; may have been originally a pictograph of frog or fish eggs. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Angular back-to-back fish eggs.'|