The reason the Moon warmed up? Blame the astronauts

Scientists have finally figured out the reason behind a small but noticeable uptick in the temperature of the moon’s subsurface while it was under study by astronauts of the Apollo missions in the 1970s. The culprit? Blame those very same astronauts. The … Discuss …read more

Gerardus Mercator (1512)

Mercator was a Flemish geographer, mathematician, and cartographer who perfected the first map using the Mercator projection, the translation of the spherical earth to a two-dimensional flat plane. In it, parallels and meridians are rendered as straight lines spaced to produce an accurate ratio of latitude to longitude at any point. It permits mariners to […]

hackneyed

Definition: (adjective) Repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse. Synonyms: banal, old-hat, stock, threadbare, timeworn, trite, well-worn, tired, shopworn, commonplace. Usage: For God’s sake do not thrust upon me your hackneyed remarks, repeated to nausea, that “I was only a dreamer,” while they even then had an understanding of life. Discuss …read more

“What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?”

“What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?” R.E.M.’s song title refers to an incident in New York City in 1986, when two then-unknown assailants attacked journalist Dan Rather, while repeating “Kenneth, what is the frequency?” Read More about the incident here: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=What%27s+the+frequency%2C+Kenneth%3F   From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?” is a song by the American […]

shivaree

Definition: (noun) A noisy mock serenade for newlyweds. Synonyms: belling, callithump. Usage: The clamorous shivaree stood in stark contrast to the refined, reserved marital ceremony it followed. Discuss …read more

granger

Definition: (noun) A person who operates a farm. Synonyms: sodbuster, farmer, husbandman. Usage: Their lands had been bought long ago, and the grangers moved to the city to find work as manual laborers. Discuss …read more

Does It Pass the ‘Smell Test?’

smell test ‎(plural smell tests) (idiomatic) An informal method for determining whether something is authentic, credible, or ethical, by using one’s common sense or sense of propriety. An inspection of an object using the sense of smell, as for freshness of food. (physiology) An assessment of a subject’s ability to detect and distinguish odors. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/smell_test

annihilative

Definition: (adjective) Wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destruction. Synonyms: withering, devastating. Usage: The possession of annihilative power has not slowed down the drive toward even more fiendish modes of inflicting wholesale death. Discuss …read more

“This Is the Way We Roll”

“This Is the Way We Roll” This Is the Way We Roll is a single released byHammer from the album Too Legit to Quit.[1] The song was featured in the film, The Addams Family, and was performed by Hammer onSaturday Night Live. A music video was produced for the track as well. Variations of this phrase have become a recent Catch […]

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property is an umbrella term for the various legal entitlements associated with certain names, literary works, recorded media, and inventions. The holders of such entitlements may exercise various exclusive rights in relation to the use of their intellectual property. The concept is controversial because it implies that intellectual works—so-called products of the mind—are analogous […]

Mimesis

Mimesis is the imitation or representation of nature and human behavior in art. According to Plato, all artistic works are mere imitations of that which exists. Because the substantive reality perceived by man is only a reflection of a higher truth, art is thrice removed from the truth. Aristotle believed that this necessary distance between […]

shenanigan

Definition: (noun) Reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others. Synonyms: mischief, devilment, roguery, devilry, mischievousness, rascality. Usage: Mr. Jones had had enough of Billy’s shenanigans and sent him to the principal’s office in the hopes that she would be able to straighten the unruly student out. Discuss …read more

Bezoar – It’s a Medical Term

A bezoar is a mass found trapped in the gastrointestinal system, though it can occur in other locations. A pseudobezoar is an indigestible object introduced intentionally into the digestive system. There are several varieties of bezoar, some of which have inorganic constituents and others organic. The term has both a modern (medical, scientific) and a […]

Bishop Mule Days

This is a raucous salute in Bishop, California, to that workhorse of the ages, the mule. Mule Days was started in 1969 by mule-packers who wanted to have a good time and initiate their summer packing season. Now about 50,000 people show up in Bishop for the celebration. A highlight is the Saturday morning 250-unit […]

Age is Just a Number

Jeanne Louise Calment, who died at 122 years and 164 days of age, lived to be the oldest person on record. Though her parents and siblings also lived to an advanced age, she outlived them all. An active woman, Calment continued to ride a bicycle until she was 100 years old and lived independently until […]

“Danger, Will Robinson”

“Danger, Will Robinson!” is a catchphrase from the 1960s’ American television series Lost in Space spoken by voice actor Dick Tufeld. The Robot B9, acting as a surrogate guardian, says this to young Will Robinson when the boy is unaware of an impending threat. In everyday use, the phrase warns someone that they are about […]

Burning Man Festival

Burning Man is a counterculture festival held in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, conceived by Larry Harvey in 1986 to honor the Summer Solstice. It has since become a populist phenomenon, where participants set up a temporary “city,” creating their own community. People are expected to interact with one another, produce and display artwork, play music, […]

Space-Time

In physics, space-time is a four-dimensional continuum consisting of three dimensions in space and one dimension in time. This mathematical model, which is an integral part of Einstein’s relativity theory, combines space and time into a single continuum that allows physicists to more uniformly describe the workings of the universe. The merger of space and […]

E Pluribus Unum (Latin for “One from many”)

The motto E Pluribus Unum (Latin for “One from many”) was approved for use on the Great Seal of the United States in 1782, but was never adopted as the national motto through legislative action. The motto of the United States itself is In God We Trust, proclaimed by Congress and signed into law by […]

Visualize Whirled Peas

Humorous play on a bumper sticker slogan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whirled_Peas  

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