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The researchers say that the spongers belong almost exclusively to a single maternal lineage, although sponging doesn't follow any of the patterns that would be expected if it were genetically based.
The Duke of Edinburgh categorically did not call Mr Cowell a sponger.
The study also showed that sponger dolphins generally tended to be loners, as they would spend over 80 per cent of the time on their own or with one calf.
lThere is a double for Jim Old at Newton Abbot as Joint Venture (Bob Champion) makes all against Brigand Prince in the two-mile-five chase, and Sponger (Clive Candy) sees off Mac's Birthday in the novice chase.
On the royal baby Another sponger for your everincreasing taxes to pay for and, when they split, another single parent who won't have to live in the reality of being a lone parent.
SPONGER Eddie Windass is the latest character to be axed on Coronation Street.
The sponger has been calling up the Voice of an Angel late at night - begging her to meet him to kiss and make-up.
Soon there was widespread sniping that he was also a marital sponger with his Sainsbury's supermarket heiress wife Camilla bank-rolling his career and lifestyle.
Cowell also rated his chances of being knighted as slim after it was reported Prince Philip called him a sponger over opera-singingwinner Paul Potts.
Cowell told chat show host Leno: "She ignored me and her husband called me a sponger.
A source close to the couple said: "A row has been brewing for ages because Chris believes Amadu may be a sponger.