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gapers' block

Traffic congestion due to drivers' attention being simultaneously diverted to something, such as a collision or animals on or near the road. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. They were able to move the wreckage well off the road to allow cars to pass, but there remained a gaper's block on the highway for the better part of the morning.
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This study was aimed to determine the age and the growth parameters of the nakedband gaper Champsodon nudivittis (Ogilby, 1895).
On 10 November 2010, two individuals of the Indo-Pacific gaper Champsodon vorax were collected from the coastal waters of Beirut (33[degrees] 55' N; 35[degrees] 32' E).
The company said that during the preceding exclusive option period with Patobios, it had optimised the assay technology, enabling its use for high-throughput identification of compounds for drug development against orphan Gapers.
CNC isn't even the only example in Chicago, home to several such sites including Gapers Block, Beachwood Reporter and Chicago Current, the for-profit Web and print newspaper that Geoff Dougherty started as a successor to his non-profit Chi-Town Daily News.
They're called "gapers," and there's even a way to label your own group's gaper with a printed certificate.
To the extent that the reader is led to identify with the investigator, or sidekick, and not the crowd, the gesture may also reassure the reader that she, too, occupies this superior position and not that of the vulgar gapers. In general, "objectless" or "idle" curiosity is presented as vulgar in two senses, from both of which the reader--whose position clearly mirrors the gaper's in certain respects--must be rescued.
As midnight struck, the flower people, so many Cinderellas, drifted away like pollen, wandering into the night, pausing only to toss petals to guffawing gapers.
"Among these older "gapers", about 75 per cent of travellers are female, very often in response to a major event like bereavement or divorce.
It's a tossup, kind of, between gapers and butter clams.
Liz Hurley The lovely Miss H looks divine, until someone tells her a joke - `Did you hear the one about Liz giving up wearing gusset gapers and carrying her very long son around as if he were an accessory?' And suddenly her lips resemble Rik Waller sitting on a lilo.
Gapers like me who attend, artfully disguised as journalists, have plenty to see and hear.
I saw my mother's laughing face as she darted between jeering gapers and, behind her, the beer-suffused features of her angry pursuer.
Fiction writers watch other humans sort of the way gapers slow down for car wrecks: they covet a vision of themselves as witnesses.
The slide collection consisted of 781 oysters, 59 of which were gapers. Examination of the slides, performed decades later, revealed an epizootic of Haplosporidium nelsoni.