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“If the English language made any sense, a catastrophe would be an apostrophe with fur.” —Doug Larson

Quotation MarksPreprandial [pree-PRAN-dee-uhl]
1815-25; <pre- + prandial

before a meal, especially before dinner; anteprandial

Pogonotrophy [po-guh-NAW-truh-fee]
From Greek pogon (beard) + -trophy (nourishment, growth)

the cultivation of beards, beard-growing

Aglet [AG-lit]
1400-50; <late Middle English <Middle French aiguillette, equivalent to aiguille needle (see aiguille) + -ette -et

a metal tag or sheath at the end of a lace used for tying, as of a shoelace

Floccinaucinihilipilification [flok-suh-naw-suh-nahy-hil-uh-pil-uh-fi-KEY-shuhn]
1735-45; <Latin floccī + naucī + nihilī + pilī all meaning “of little or no value, trifling” + -fication

(Rare) the estimation of something as valueless

Lethologica [lee-tho-LO-gi-ca]
1973; <Letho- from the Ancient Greek, Lethes, a river of Hades that effaced memories, and logica from the Greek word for word, logikos.

describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want

Inaniloquent [in-a-NIL-o-quent]
before 1914 <L. inanis empty + loqui to speak

given to talking inanely; loquacious; garrulous

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Written on June 2nd, 2011 , Did You Know?, Just for Fun
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I Don’t Want Anything to Do with Cats

Quotation MarksYou just never quite know what to expect from the ever enigmatic cat, so prepare yourself for anything. I don’t know the contents of this “patty,” of which they speak, but hopefully it’s not cats; maybe it’s, gulp, mice? Seriously, though, the voice-over is actually amusing, which can be quite exiguous, I find. I encourage you to check it out yourself, especially if you are an animal or a cat lover; I promise you it is worth it. :-)

—AdL

Written on May 25th, 2011 , Did You Know?, Just for Fun
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Did You Know: The Geek Stock Exchange was Downed by Rodents?”

Quotation MarksYep…I kid you not. On December 9, 1987, and again on August 1, 1994, squirrels (most likely eastern gray squirrels) brought the home of “Geek Stocks” (the NASDAQ Stock Exchange) to it’s technological knees. The first act of sabotage, in 1987, a squirrel carrying a piece of aluminum, shorted out the transformer, crashing the exchange for 82 minutes. The second attack (a conspiracy?) occurred  in 1997, when a squirrel (comrade?) severed an electrical power line near the NASDAQ data center, terrorizing and demoralizing traders (“I’ve got to buy! I’ve got to buy!”) for 34 minutes. Unfortunately, the NASDAQ fail-safe back-up system failed…(blink)…(blink)…and all trading came to a halt.

John Hickey, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of the NASDAQ Stock Market, when asked about the squirrel treachery sighed, “This is a legend I’ll live with forever—this d–n squirrel. We do a million things right day in and day out, but everyone always remembers the one time things went wrong.” (One time?)

But the real question is: rabid rodent or econo-terrorist?

—AdL

And THIS was too good to pass up; I laughed for hours! (I shall practice (not even close to expert yet) self-discipline, and refrain from editorializing or sermonizing.)

Written on March 19th, 2011 , Did You Know?, Just for Fun
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Did You Know: Cockroaches Can Live Without a Head?

Quotation MarksGood ol’ cockroaches, those most endearing of insects (sarcasm definitely intended), can actually survive decapitation for up to three weeks. The guillotining does not kill them, but eventually they starve to death for the simple reason that they cannot feed themselves without a mouth. Even more Ew, the severed heads, too, can survive, although lacking both ambulation and sensory input, are thus of little use or activity. Credulous? Learn more from this excellent article, Fact or Fiction: A Cockroach Can Live Without Its Head, by Scientific America. Entomologist Christopher Tipping has experimented extensively with surgically modified cockroaches, and has proven that even with no  brain, cockroaches can still “…stand, react to touch and move.” Read the rest of this entry »

Written on February 18th, 2011 , Did You Know?, Just for Fun
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Quotation MarksDid you know that the zip in zip code, which is a postal code used in the United States to facilitate the delivery of mail, is actually an acronym that stands for: Zone Improvement Plan? Neither did I. To learn more, check out this article at About.

—AdL

Written on December 19th, 2010 , Did You Know?, Just for Fun

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