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  • ... a purple BLEE?

    October 22, 2017

  • In professional wrestling, a heel is a wrestler who is villainous or a "bad guy", who is booked (scripted) by the promotion to be in the position of being an antagonist. They are typically opposed by their polar opposites called faces (the heroic protagonist or "good guy" characters). In American wrestling, it was common for the faces to be American and the heels to be portrayed as foreign.

    In order to gain heat (with boos and jeers from the audience), heels are often portrayed as behaving in an immoral manner by breaking rules or otherwise taking advantage of their opponents outside the bounds of the standards of the match. Others do not (or rarely) break rules, but instead exhibit unlikeable, appalling and deliberately offensive and demoralizing personality traits such as arrogance, cowardice or contempt for the audience. Many heels do both, cheating as well as behaving nastily. No matter the type of heel, the most important job is that of the antagonist role, as heels exist to provide a foil to the face wrestlers. If a given heel is cheered over the face, a promoter may opt to turn that heel to face or the other way around or to make the wrestler do something even more despicable to encourage heel heat.

    August 31, 2017

  • "Armed with theoretical microscopes, quantum physicists keep on magnifying, gazing deeper and deeper into empty space until out of nothing, they suddenly see something. That something is a roiling collection of virtual particles, collectively called quantum foam.... According to quantum physicists, virtual particles exist briefly as fleeting fluctuations in the fabric of spacetime, like bubbles in beer foam." "Is Space Full of Quantum Foam?", LiveScience, 5 August 2017.

    August 7, 2017

  • In molecular biology, housekeeping genes are typically constitutive genes that are required for the maintenance of basic cellular function and are expressed in all cells of an organism under normal and pathophysiological conditions.

    August 3, 2017

  • "The scientific study of hereditary disease in Jewish populations was initially hindered by scientific racism, which is based on racial supremacism."

    August 3, 2017

  • "Soon criminologists started to take killer nurses seriously. In 1995, British forensic chemist Alexander Forrest reviewed about 40 examples of the type and suggested that one or two new cases might be seen each year in the United States. He proposed calling these murders “CASKs,” for carer-associated serial killings, and noted that “the numbers of patients involved are not trivial.” --"The Killer Nurse", Slate, 2017 July 24. source

    July 30, 2017

  • Another name for spaghetti squash. I found this word while looking at a recipe for spaghetti squash pizza crust.

    July 6, 2017

  • St Edmund's College Boat Club (SECBC) is the boat club for members of St Edmund's College, Cambridge, a constituent college of the University of Cambridge.

    SECBC uses the Cambridge '99 RC boathouse for training and storing its boats. The club has two boats, 'Lily' a men's eight and 'Dotty' a women's eight.

    June 19, 2017

  • I concur. Check out the hummingbird images!

    June 18, 2017

  • orange IS the new black, after all.

    June 18, 2017

  • Don't forget the free bookmark that comes with your Book Book book.

    June 12, 2017

  • Book Book is a rural community in the central east part of the Riverina. It is situated about 12 km (7 mi) north from Kyeamba and 15 km (9 mi) south from Ladysmith.

    Book Book exists now only through a set of old tennis courts and the telephone exchange that sits just off the Tumbarumba road.

    (Book Book is considered a New South Wales "ghost town")

    The Book Book Public School was discontinued on 27 October 1989.

    June 12, 2017

  • According to a common misconception, century eggs are or were once prepared by soaking eggs in horse urine. The myth may have arisen from the urine-like odor of ammonia and other amines produced by the chemical reaction used to make century eggs. However, this myth is unfounded as horse urine has a pH ranging from 7.5 to 7.9 and therefore would not work for this process.

    In Thai and Lao, the common word for century egg translates to "horse urine egg", due to the distinctive urine-like odor of the delicacy. --Wikipedia

    June 7, 2017

  • Coywolves are not ‘shy wolves’—they are coyote-wolf hybrids (with some dog mixed in) and now number in the millions.

    The hybrid, or Canis latrans var, is about 55 pounds heavier than pure coyotes, with longer legs, a larger jaw, smaller ears and a bushier tail. It is part eastern wolf, part wester wolf, western coyote and with some dog (large breeds like Doberman Pinschers and German Shepherds), reports The Economist. Coywolves today are on average a quarter wolf and a tenth dog.

    June 4, 2017

  • The player of a lute is called a lutenist, lutanist or lutist, and a maker of lutes (or any similar string instrument, or violin family instruments) is referred to as a luthier.

    May 25, 2017

  • n. A snail-shell or a horse-chestnut used in a boys' game, in which the object is to break the snail-shell or horse-chestnut by striking it, with another.

    Wow. So easy even boys are able to grasp the rules. Must be an easy game.

    May 22, 2017

  • Genuphobia (from Latin word genu meaning "knee") is the fear of one's own knees or someone else's knees or the act of kneeling.

    The phobia could be the result of a negative experience in a person’s life that was associated with knees. The discomfort at the sight of one's knees could be the result of the person’s parents or themselves wearing exclusively clothing that covered the knees growing up, therefore making the person unfamiliar with the sight of them. It could be the result of a traumatic injury that left a scar on the individual’s knee or on someone that they know.

    Some people fear kneeling because it is a form of submission. Symptoms include but are not limited to becoming sick to the stomach, excessive sweating, dry mouth, and anxiety when presented with a situation including knees or kneeling. Sufferers fear the uncomfortable feeling they experience at the sight of knees or they fear the recollection of the injury and the pain associated with it.

    May 13, 2017

  • Bilbies are never out of work. Being cute is a full-time job.

    May 12, 2017

  • Many of these words border on "annoying".

    May 8, 2017

  • I tried listing the name of the actual prize; however, I kept getting a 404 whenever it came time to add a comment.

    The Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year, originally known as the Diagram Group Prize for the Oddest Title at the Frankfurt Book Fair,1 commonly known as the Diagram Prize for short, is a humorous literary award that is given annually to a book with an unusual title.

    Past winners:

    --Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice

    --The Madam as Entrepreneur: Career Management in House Prostitution

    --The Joy of Chickens

    --Last Chance at Love – Terminal Romances

    --How to Shit in the Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art

    --The Joy of Sex: Pocket Edition

    --Developments in Dairy Cow Breeding: New Opportunities to Widen the Use of Straw

    --Living with Crazy Buttocks

    --The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories

    --Bombproof Your Horse

    --Too Naked For the Nazis

    May 6, 2017

  • The Darwin Awards are a tongue-in-cheek honor, originating in Usenet newsgroup discussions around 1985. They recognize individuals who have supposedly contributed to human evolution by selecting themselves out of the gene pool via death or sterilization by their own actions.

    The project became more formalized with the creation of a website in 1993 and followed up by a series of books starting in 2000, authored by Wendy Northcutt. The criterion for the awards states, "In the spirit of Charles Darwin, the Darwin Awards commemorate individuals who protect our gene pool by making the ultimate sacrifice of their own lives. Darwin Award winners eliminate themselves in an extraordinarily idiotic manner, thereby improving our species' chances of long-term survival."

    Accidental self-sterilization also qualifies; however, the site notes: "Of necessity, the award is usually bestowed posthumously." The candidate is disqualified, though, if "innocent bystanders", who might have contributed positively to the gene pool, are killed in the process.

    The Darwin Awards books state that an attempt is made to disallow known urban legends from the awards, but some older "winners" have been "grandfathered" to keep their awards. The Darwin Awards site does try to verify all submitted stories, but many similar sites, and the vast number of circulating "Darwin awards" emails, are largely fictional.

    May 6, 2017

  • The Pigasus Award is the name of an annual tongue-in-cheek award presented by noted skeptic James Randi. The award seeks to expose parapsychological, paranormal or psychic frauds that Randi has noted over the previous year. Randi usually makes his announcements of the awards from the previous year on April 1 (April Fools Day).

    May 6, 2017

  • The Stella Awards are awards that were given between 2002 and 2007 to people who filed "outrageous and frivolous lawsuits". The awards were named after Stella Liebeck who, in 1992, ordered a cup of McDonald's coffee at a drive thru, put it in between her knees while sitting in the passenger seat of her grandson's stationary car, and attempted to remove the lid in order to add cream and sugar. The coffee, 180 to 190 °F (82 to 88 °C), spilled from the cup, causing third-degree burns to her thighs and genitals; after McDonald's refused to pay for her skin grafts, and rejected several attempts at mediation and settlement, Liebeck sued. The awards were an offshoot of the weekly news column This is True written by Colorado writer Randy Cassingham, which featured "wacky-yet-true" news stories.5 The awards were documented on a website and in a 2005 book, both known as The True Stella Awards. There are also a number of false Stella Awards circulating on the Internet.

    In July 2012 Cassingham sent a mail to the True Stella Awards mailing list, announcing that after several abortive attempts to restart the list he came to the conclusion that he had said everything about the subject of frivolous lawsuits that he had intended to say, and so was shutting down the Stella Awards.

    May 6, 2017

  • The Golden Raspberry Awards often shortened to Razzies and Razzie Awards, is an award in recognition of the worst in film. Co-founded by UCLA film graduates and film-industry veterans, John J. B. Wilson and Mo Murphy, the annual Razzie Awards ceremony in Los Angeles precedes the corresponding Academy Awards ceremony by one day. The term raspberry in the name is used in its irreverent sense, as in "blowing a raspberry". The awards themselves are in the form of a "golf ball-sized raspberry" which sits atop a Super 8 mm film reel, the whole of which is spray-painted gold.

    May 6, 2017

  • Literary Review is well known for its annual Bad Sex in Fiction Award. Each year since 1993, Literary Review has presented the annual Bad Sex in Fiction Award to the author who produces the worst description of a sex scene in a novel. The award itself is in the form of a "semi-abstract trophy representing sex in the 1950s", which depicts a naked woman draped over an open book. The award was originally established by Rhoda Koenig, a literary critic, and Auberon Waugh, then the magazine's editor.

    The award is "to draw attention to the crude, tasteless, often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in the modern novel, and to discourage it".

    May 6, 2017

  • The Bent Spoon Award is an award given by Australian Skeptics, "presented to the perpetrator of the most preposterous piece of paranormal or pseudoscientific piffle". The award is named as allusion to the practice of spoon bending by supposed psychics.

    Australian Skeptics facetiously describes the trophy as a piece of gopher wood supposedly from the Noah’s Ark, upon which is affixed a spoon that was rumored to have been used at the Last Supper. The spoon was bent by energies unknown to science and was gold-plated through an Atlantean process.1 Although established in 1982 and first awarded in 1983, only one copy of the trophy exists, as "anyone wishing to acquire the trophy must remove it from our keeping by paranormal means" and no winner has yet overcome this obstacle.

    The winner should either be an Australian or have carried out their activities in Australia.

    The New Zealand Skeptics have a similar Bent Spoon Award.

    May 6, 2017

  • The Ig Nobel Prizes are parodies of the Nobel Prizes given out each autumn for 10 unusual or trivial achievements in scientific research. They have been awarded since 1991, with the stated aim to "honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think". The awards can be veiled criticism or satire but are also used to point out that even absurd-sounding avenues of research can yield useful knowledge.


    The name is a play on the words ignoble ("characterized by baseness, lowness, or meanness") and the Nobel Prize. The pronunciation used during the ceremony is /ˌɪɡnoʊˈbɛl/ ig-noh-bel, not like the word "ignoble".

    May 6, 2017

  • Banana messengers or fruit messengers were agents sent on US railroads to accompany shipments of bananas and other fruit. They were accorded special ticket rates, similar to those for railway employees and clergy, as late as the 1960s. The tickets were not honored on some premium trains. Reportedly, the reduced rate also applied to the return trip (sans bananas).

    The name was also used to refer to some cabooses. Described in IC 9650-9956, these were steel underframe drover's cabooses built between 1897 and 1913, and reclassified as banana messengers sometime between 1955 and 1963. The last five were scrapped or sold between 1963 and 1971.

    May 5, 2017

  • This is not the meaning I expected. I figured it had something to do with a gringo changing into something else, and the dégringoler was the one to facilitate that change.

    verb intransitive dégringoler /degʀɛ̃gɔle/

    =chuter faire une chute précipitée

    to tumble , to fall

    verb transitive―

    =dévaler descendre très rapidement

    to race down

    Le voleur dégringole les étages de l'immeuble pour échapper aux policiers.

    The thief is racing down the stairs in the building to escape from the police.

    May 5, 2017

  • courage or bravery occasioned by drunkenness; Dutch courage. — potvaliant , adj . See also potvalor, potvalency

    May 3, 2017

  • The social and political theories of Robert Owen, an early 19th-century British reformer whose emphasis upon cooperative education and living led to the founding of communal experiments, including the ill-fated community of New Harmony, Indiana, purchased from the Rappites. — Owenite , n.

    May 3, 2017

  • What about chained bears?

    May 3, 2017

  • The collecting of Camembert cheese labels. Collecting cheese labels, in general, is laclabphily.

    May 3, 2017

  • To specifically collect Camembert cheese labels is tyrosemiophily.

    May 3, 2017

  • The collecting of stamps other than postage stamps (green stamps, revenue/tax stamps).

    May 3, 2017

  • The collecting of cigar bands. Also known as cigrinophily.

    May 3, 2017

  • The collecting of money boxes, as those found in churches.

    May 3, 2017

  • Mollusque has addictive lists. Such a learned fellow, and with a nice sense of humor to boot. I still miss all the camaraderie from the days when Wordnik was Wordie. (I wasn't known as vendingmachine around here during the Wordie days.)

    May 3, 2017

  • "No need to dwell on the legendary beauty of the cornerpieces, the acme of art, wherein one can distinctly discern each of the four evangelists in turn presenting to each of the four masters his evangelical symbol, a bog oak sceptre, a North American puma (a far nobler king of beasts than the British article, be it said in passing), a Kerry calf and a golden eagle from Carrantuohill. The scenes depicted on the emunctory field, showing our ancient duns and raths and cromlechs and grianauns and seats of learning and maledictive stones, are as wonderfully beautiful and the pigments as delicate as when the Sligo illuminators gave free rein to their artistic fantasy long ago in the time of the Barmecides. Glendalough, the lovely lakes of Killarney, the ruins of Clonmacnois, Cong Abbey, Glen Inagh and the Twelve Pins, Ireland's Eye, the Green Hills of Tallaght, Croagh Patrick, the brewery of Messrs Arthur Guinness, Son and Company (Limited), Lough Neagh's banks, the vale of Ovoca, Isolde's tower, the Mapas obelisk, Sir Patrick Dun's hospital, Cape Clear, the glen of Aherlow, Lynch's castle, the Scotch house, Rathdown Union Workhouse at Loughlinstown, Tullamore jail, Castleconnel rapids, Kilballymacshonakill, the cross at Monasterboice, Jury's Hotel, S. Patrick's Purgatory, the Salmon Leap, Maynooth college refectory, Curley's hole, the three birthplaces of the first duke of Wellington, the rock of Cashel, the bog of Allen, the Henry Street Warehouse, Fingal's Cave—all these moving scenes are still there for us today rendered more beautiful still by the waters of sorrow which have passed over them and by the rich incrustations of time." --Ulysses, James Joyce

    May 3, 2017

  • Thanks for running with this, ru. Finding out about the classification system was about all I could muster. This list idea would have languished without you.

    May 2, 2017

  • Abetti is a lunar crater that has been completely submerged by mare lavas. It forms a 'ghost crater' in the surface, showing only a curved rise where the rim is located.

    May 1, 2017

  • Mexican wrestling is characterized by colorful masks, rapid sequences of holds and maneuvers, as well as "high-flying" maneuvers, some of which have been adopted in the United States. The wearing of masks has developed special significance, and matches are sometimes contested in which the loser must permanently remove his mask, which is a wager with a high degree of weight attached.

    May 1, 2017

  • ..for Virginia-based vineyard consultant Lucie Morton, a world-renowned ampelographer, it’s still crucial to know how to distinguish vines the old-fashioned way: by sight and touch. It took Morton years to learn ampelography, a skill that few viticulturists in today’s high-tech world still work to master. “It’s like speaking a new language: practice makes perfect,” she says. “Ampelography is really hard, and it takes a trained eye. I would compare it to what a sommelier goes through in identifying wines blind. It takes interest, practice, focus. You build on your knowledge, just like you do with wine tasting, layering your experiences.”

    April 30, 2017

  • Copyright law itself creates strong incentives for copyfraud. The Copyright Act provides for no civil penalty for falsely claiming ownership of public domain materials. There is also no remedy under the Act for individuals who wrongly refrain from legal copying or who make payment for permission to copy something they are in fact entitled to use for free. While falsely claiming copyright is technically a criminal offense under the Act, prosecutions are extremely rare. These circumstances have produced fraud on an untold scale, with millions of works in the public domain deemed copyrighted, and countless dollars paid out every year in licensing fees to make copies that could be made for free. 

    April 30, 2017

  • The term "copyfraud" was coined by Jason Mazzone, a Professor of Law at the University of Illinois. Because copyfraud carries little or no oversight by authorities and few legal consequences, it exists on a massive scale, with millions of works in the public domain falsely labeled as copyrighted. Payments are therefore unnecessarily made by businesses and individuals for licensing fees. Mazzone states that copyfraud stifles valid reproduction of free material, discourages innovation and undermines free speech rights. Other legal scholars have suggested public and private remedies, and a few cases have been brought involving copyfraud.

    April 30, 2017

  • cryptic sexual dimorphism

    April 30, 2017

  • Most ducks shed their body feathers twice each year. Nearly all drakes lose their bright plumage after mating, and for a few weeks resemble females. This hen-like appearance is called the eclipse plumage. The return to breeding coloration varies in species and individuals of each species.

    April 30, 2017

  • A quantitative study, published by folklorist Sara Graça da Silva and anthropologist Jamshid J. Tehrani in 2016, tried to evaluate the time of emergence for the "Tales of Magic" (ATU 300–ATU 749), based on a phylogenetic model] They found four of them to belong to the Proto-Indo-European (PIE) stratum of magic tales, namely:

    ATU 328 The Boy Steals Ogre's Treasure,

    ATU 330 The Smith and the Devil (= KHM 81a),

    ATU 402 The Animal Bride (= KHM 63 and 106), and

    ATU 554 The Grateful Animals (= The White Snake, KHM 17, and The Queen Bee, KHM 62).

    April 30, 2017

  • The Aarne–Thompson classification systems are indices used to classify folktales: the Aarne–Thompson Motif-Index (catalogued by alphabetical letters followed by numerals), the Aarne–Thompson Tale Type Index (cataloged by AT or AaTh numbers), and the Aarne–Thompson–Uther classification system (developed in 2004 and cataloged by ATU numbers). The indices are used in folkloristics to organize, classify, and analyze folklore narratives and are essential tools for folklorists because, as Alan Dundes explained in 1997 about the first two indices, "the identification of folk narratives through motif and/or tale type numbers has become an international sine qua non among bona fide folklorists"

    April 30, 2017

  • Not a single word but I never use:

    "... at the end of the day ..."

    April 22, 2017

  •  What hidden treasures are waiting to be found in a beard? Food crumbs?

    April 21, 2017

  • To obtain food, lodging, etc, from others by taking advantage of their generosity; to impose in order to obtain hospitality; sponge.

    April 17, 2017

  • Spring has sprong. Or is it sprung? Both sound unspringlike.

    April 17, 2017

  • A stone border at the top of a well.

    April 17, 2017

  • "The forewings are ochreous-white, strongly suffused with deep gray. The inner angle, veins, a longitudinal dash in the cell and a series of spots around the termen are all blackish fuscous. The hindwings are pale smoky gray."

    April 17, 2017

  • "The forewings are ochreous-white, strongly suffused with deep gray. The inner angle, veins, a longitudinal dash in the cell and a series of spots around the termen are all blackish fuscous. The hindwings are pale smoky gray."

    April 17, 2017

  • "The forewings are ochreous-white, strongly suffused with deep gray. The inner angle, veins, a longitudinal dash in the cell and a series of spots around the termen are all blackish fuscous. The hindwings are pale smoky gray."

    April 17, 2017

  • a suppository or an enema

    April 16, 2017

  • Wapasha (II) (b.1768–1855) was the name of a Mdewakanton Dakota chief. He sided with the United States in the War of 1812 and the Black Hawk War.

    April 16, 2017

  • SPAM

    April 15, 2017

  • The only idiot here is the one making statements such as yours.

    April 15, 2017

  • To provide sterile needles for drug users?

    April 14, 2017

  • I create open lists because others invariably enrich those lists. Kindly add graupel, ru.

    April 14, 2017

  • @kalayzich. This is an open list. I welcome your additions. What's anal retentive about your suggestions? Thank you.

    April 14, 2017

  • .50 Marble, moth ball

    .75 Penny

    .88 Nickel

    1.00 Quarter

    1.25 Half dollar

    1.50 Walnut, ping pong

    1.75 Golf ball

    2.00 Hen egg

    2.50 Tennis ball

    2.75 Baseball

    3.00 Tea cup

    4.00 Softball

    4.50 Grapefruit

    I'm not sure what hail larger than a grapefruit is called. Maybe hail that size has never been reported.

    April 14, 2017

  • SSPE. A slow virus infection of the brain caused by a defective form of the measles virus that occurs many years after meales.

    April 8, 2017

  • A free-living burrowing marine worm that lives in tidal mudflats.

    April 8, 2017

  • A disease of muscle caused by a parasitic roundworm and transmitted by eating undercooked pork or bear meat.

    April 8, 2017

  • ARDS. A disorder of the lung tissue caused by infection, shock, burns, or other insults in which the capillaries become leaky and the air spaces fill with fluid. With ARDS, the lung tissue loses its watertight seal and becomes soggy; it can't absorb gases, even with 100 percent oxygen on a ventilator. Once a patient develops ARDS, it's usually the point of no return.

    April 8, 2017

  • An invasive infection by a larval tapeworm, often of the eye, contracted by applying a poultice made of raw frog flesh.

    April 8, 2017

  • Only dogs? What about other animals... bilbies?

    April 2, 2017

  • Can't make up stuff like this.

    bilby magic.

    March 31, 2017

  • See also carillonist.

    March 28, 2017

  • I love unusual and niche-y topic lists such as this. Jauks darbs, ruz!

    March 22, 2017

  • a place where criminals and heretics are burned.

    March 22, 2017

  • place where pay is distributed to soldiers

    March 22, 2017

  • the place where alms are deposited.

    March 22, 2017

  • the place for washing gold ore.

    March 22, 2017

  • A place where aircraft are repaired.

    March 22, 2017

  • That's how I purr. When I'm really purring along, I'll release two urinal cakes for the price of one. Tasty!

    March 22, 2017

  • People who make crossword puzzles are called constructors. All crossword puzzles used to be laid out by hand. Today many crossword puzzle constructors use computer software to assist in the puzzle layout. Crossword puzzles that end up in large newspapers or in syndication are controlled by an editor. Constructors submit their puzzles to a crossword editor and the editor decides which puzzles are selected (and for what day since crosswords raise in difficulty through the week).

    March 20, 2017

  • While you're waiting for ruzuzu, may I share a doughnut hole with you?

    March 17, 2017

  • mutualism vs commensalism vs parasitism

    March 9, 2017

  • a plant of the genus Gaillardia.

    March 8, 2017

  • A parasite is no doubt altering bilby's dopaminergic neurotransmissions resulting in neuropsychiatric symptoms, including a change in predator vigilance. it's also entirely possible that parasites have affected bilby's sexual arousal pathways when he's exposed to muesli bars soaked in dingo urine.

    March 7, 2017

  • See mutualism. I'm not sure how an ant benefits from parasitic manipulation in the case of ant brain control (caused by a fungus).

    March 6, 2017

  • Big surprise that zombie ants originated from a comment by bilby. I'm guessing there is a specific parasite out there that is manipulating bilby's brain into performing erratic behaviors so he'll get the attention of a bilby-eating predator (the next intended host).

    March 6, 2017

  • Wildlife tourism—which accounts for 20 to 40 percent of all tourism worldwide—is controversial, and can be harmful to animals. After being accused of promoting such attractions, TripAdvisor halted sales to them in 2016.

    Many tourists can’t tell if the places they visit hurt wildlife, according to a 2015 ranking of wildlife attractions around the world. Every year, two to four million tourists pay for experiences that aren’t good for animal welfare or conservation.

    According to that ranking, dolphin tourism and shark cage diving, both popular in the Bahamas, have negative impacts on wildlife.

    But Bethune hopes that, if the proper changes are made, pig-swimming tourism will continue to thrive.

    March 6, 2017

  • Hairworms have a perpetual challenge: They infect landlubbing insects like crickets, but the parasites must make their way to an aquatic habitat in order to reproduce.

    Researchers at France's Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique figured out how they accomplish this feat. Hairworms produce mind-controlling chemicals that cause their cricket host to move toward light. Because water bodies reflect moonlight, this often sends crickets toward lakes and streams.

    The crickets jump in and drown, and the hairworms emerge, ready to find their next victim.

    March 6, 2017

  • The fluke Euhaplorchis californiensis begins its life in an ocean-dwelling horn snail, where it produces larvae that then seek their next host, a killifish.

    Once it finds a fish, the parasite latches on to its gills and makes its way to the brain. But this isn't its final stop.

    The fluke needs to get inside the gut of a water bird in order to reproduce. So inside the killifish's brain, the fluke releases chemicals that cause the fish to shimmy, jerk, and jump.

    Jenny Shaw, then at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and colleagues found that the parasite decreases serotonin and increases dopamine levels in the fish's brain. The switch in this brain chemistry stimulates the fish to swim and behave more aggressively.

    These moves attract the attention of birds, which may eat the fish—and the flukes. The flukes mate, and their eggs are released back into the water in the bird's droppings to be eaten by horn snails and start the cycle anew.

    March 6, 2017

  • As an adult, the lancet liver fluke—a type of flatworm—resides in the livers of grazing mammals such as cows.

    Its eggs are excreted in the host's feces, which are then eaten by snails. After the eggs hatch inside the snail, the snail creates protective cysts around the parasites and coughs them up in balls of mucus.

    These fluke-laden slime balls are then consumed by ants. When the flukes wiggle their way into an ant's brain, they cause the insect to climb to the tip of a blade of grass and sit motionless, where it's most likely to be eaten by a grazing mammal. That way, the liver fluke can complete its life cycle.

    March 6, 2017

  • Females of the Costa Rican wasp Hymenoepimecis argyraphaga lay their eggs on the abdomens of unlucky orb spiders called Plesiometa argyra.

    When the female jewel wasp is ready to procreate, she finds a cockroach to serve as a living nursery for her young.

    First, she injects a toxin into the roach that paralyzes its front legs. Then the wasp strikes again in the roach's head. Frederic Libersat of Ben-Gurion University in Israel and colleagues discovered that the venom targets a specific area of the brain responsible for initiating movement.

    Stripped of its ability to move of its own free will, the cockroach can be grabbed by the antenna and guided to a burrow, where the wasp will lay her egg on the victim and entomb them together. (Read more about how zombie roaches lose free will because of wasp venom.)

    The wasp larva slowly consumes the cockroach for several days before pupating in its abdomen, emerging as an adult about a month later.

    March 6, 2017

  • Females of the Costa Rican wasp Hymenoepimecis argyraphaga lay their eggs on the abdomens of unlucky orb spiders called Plesiometa argyra.

    After living off its host for a few weeks, the wasp larva injects a chemical into the spider that makes it build a strange, new kind of web, unlike anything it's built before.

    But this new web isn't for the spider: It's meant to support the cocoon that the wasp larva will build after finally killing and eating the spider.

    March 6, 2017

  • Normally a rat or mouse will keep to the shadows, thus avoiding cats. But when they are infected by toxoplasma the parasite completely changes their behavior. An infected mouse is attracted to the smell of cat urine and will move out into the open, displaying reckless behavior. The reason, of course, is the parasite wants the mouse to be eaten by a cat, so it can then infect its new host.

    Humans also get infected by toxoplasma, though it is only really serious when a woman is pregnant as toxoplasma can damage the unborn child. But new research suggests that toxoplasma may influence us in more subtle ways.

    We know, for example, that people who have antibodies to toxoplasma are more than twice as likely to be involved in a traffic accident. It could be that the parasite is making us, like rodents, behave in a more reckless fashion. Research also suggests it may slow down reaction times, with the intention of making us more vulnerable to large predators. Either way it is a chilling thought that parasites may be influencing how we behave in ways we do not yet begin to understand.

    -How Parasites Manipulate Us, BBC News, 19 Feb 2014

    March 6, 2017

  • @bilby. You won me over when you mentioned the dwarf poinsettia leaves.

    February 21, 2017

  • When performance of polishing of body is underway, is scent of lemon Pledge® used without flaw? I require utmost effective polish service with expediency and professional manner.

    February 13, 2017

  • A symbiont living on the outside of a host's body.

    "Exobiont growth on these setae might impair odor detection and the ability of the lobsters to evaluate many aspects of their environment. Each annulus of the olfactory organ contains an asymmetric seta that extends nearly perpendicular across the rows of aesthetasc setae."

    --Lobster olfactory genomics, Integr Comp Biol (2006) 46 (6): 940-947.

    "Exobiont growth on these setae might impair odor detection and the ability of the lobsters to evaluate many aspects of their environment. Each annulus of the olfactory organ contains an asymmetric seta that extends nearly perpendicular across the rows of aesthetasc setae."

    --Lobster olfactory genomics, Integr Comp Biol (2006) 46 (6): 940-947.

    February 6, 2017

  • According to twitter, there's the term exokernel as well.

    "I will definitely be watching unikernel and exokernel approaches closely in the next years, especially for security."

    January 31, 2017

  • An anti-debate appeal based on genetic fallacy, which attempts to detract from the validity of a statement by attacking the tone rather than the message.

    In Bailey Poland's book, Harassment, Abuse, and Violence Online, she suggests that tone policing is frequently aimed at women and derails or silences opponents lower on the "privilege ladder".

    In changing their tactics to criticizing how the women spoke instead of what the women said, the men created an environment in which the outcome of a dispute was not decided on the merits of an argument but on whether the men chose to engage with the arguments in good faith.

    — Bailey Poland, Harassment, Abuse, and Violence Online, page 46

    While anyone can engage in tone policing, it is frequently aimed at women as a way to prevent a woman from making a point in the discussion.

    — Bailey Poland, Harassment, Abuse, and Violence Online, page 47

    January 31, 2017

  • Beatified individuals or blesseds according to the Catholic Church.

    January 19, 2017

  • EVERY year the German Language Society selects a word of the year and an "unword", usually something somebody said but should not have done.

    January 10, 2017

  • Nice example:

    "The real reality, the flickering of seen and unseen actualities, the moment under the moment, can't be put into words; the most that a writer can do--and this is only rarely achieved--is to write in such a way that the reader finds himself in a place where the unwordable happens off the page."

    January 10, 2017

  • A happy number is a number defined by the following process: Starting with any positive integer, replace the number by the sum of the squares of its digits, and repeat the process until the number either equals 1 (where it will stay), or it loops endlessly in a cycle which does not include 1. Those numbers for which this process ends in 1 are happy numbers, while those that do not end in 1 are unhappy numbers (or sad numbers).

    January 4, 2017

  • 672-sided polygon. For a tutorial about naming polygons see NAMING POLYGONS.

    December 31, 2016

  • Retroactive continuity, or retcon for short, is a literary device in which new information is added to already established facts in the continuity of a fictional work.

    December 30, 2016

  • A floating timeline (also known as a sliding timescale) is a device used in fiction, particularly in comics and animation, to explain why characters age little or not at all over a period of time — despite real-world markers like notable events, people and technology appearing in the works and correlating with the real world. A floating timeline is a subtle form of retroactive continuity. This is seen most clearly in the case of comic book characters who debuted as teens in the 1940s or the 1960s but who are still relatively young in current comics. Events from the characters' pasts are alluded to, but they are changed from having taken place years ago to having taken place more recently. -Wikipedia

    December 30, 2016

  • Why would anyone be anti-Australian? That sounds like a very un-Australian thing to be.

    December 10, 2016

  • See bevies. Ghastly!

    December 10, 2016

  • Gasp.  I hate truncated, cutesy words like this. From Twitter:  Join us for some seasonal bites, bevies and banter. (It doesn't sound so bad in this context, more quaint).
    See bevy.

    December 10, 2016

  • An outside lavatory / Afrikaans: literally, little house)

    December 10, 2016

  • See also Dumpster Fire.

    December 9, 2016

  • pink puffer jacket

    December 8, 2016

  • Apparently, buttman has no churchly duties or super-duper superpowers.

    December 8, 2016

  • sweet tooth fairy? pink puffer jacket

    December 7, 2016

  • A person where emphysema is the primary underlying pathology.

    December 7, 2016

  • A person with chronic bronchitis who demonstrates evidence of cyanosis and pedal edema.

    December 7, 2016

  • A ripe corpse.

    December 7, 2016

  • "Aloha is a tiny impact crater on the Moon, that lies to the northwest of the Montes Agricola ridge, on the Oceanus Procellarum. It is located near the faint terminus of a ray that crosses the mare from the southeast, originating at the crater Glushko."

    December 7, 2016

  • Ha. Another fine example of the grab bag surprise known as RANDOM WORD.

    December 3, 2016

  • What are the odds?! I can't believe this showed up on RANDOM WORD.

    November 17, 2016

  • How is this word pronounced?

    November 15, 2016

  • "...the wingspan is 10–12 millimetres (0.39–0.47 in). The adults have a bronzy or greenish metallic sheen with no markings. They fly during the day as well as after dark. They are on wing in June and July in western Europe and from May to August in North America."

    November 11, 2016

  • "God-Building was an idea proposed by some prominent Marxists of the Bolshevik faction of the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party which proved to be very controversial. It was inspired by Ludwig Feuerbach's 'religion of humanity' and had some precedent in the French Revolution with the 'cult of reason'. The idea consisted of the notion that in place of the abolition of religion, there should be a meta-religious context in which religions were viewed primarily in terms of the psychological and social effect of ritual, myth, and symbolism, and which attempted to harness this force for pro-communist aims, both by creating new ritual and symbolism, as well as re-interpreting existing ritual and symbolism in a socialist context. In contrast to the atheism of Lenin, the God Builders took an official position of agnosticism." --Wikipedia

    November 11, 2016

  • Fly-on-the-wall is a style of documentary-making used in film and television production. The name derived from the idea that events are seen candidly, as a fly on a wall might see them. In the purest form of fly-on-the-wall documentary-making, the camera crew works as unobtrusively as possible; however, it is also common for participants to be interviewed, often by an off-camera voice.

    November 5, 2016

  • Breeches, a form of pants, came in a wide variety of styles. The most common form of breech was called the trunk hose. Trunk hose were attached to the bottom of the doublet, a padded overshirt, with points, or small ties, and bagged outward before fastening on the upper leg. They looked almost like a puffy short skirt. Trunk hose were often worn with canions, a loose-fitting hose for the upper leg. An exaggerated form of trunk hose was known as pumpkin breeches. Made with contrasting vertical panels of fabric, these breeches ballooned outward, making it look as if the wearer had a large pumpkin about his waist. Venetians were a form of breeches that reached to the knee; they were padded at the waist and upper thighand grew slimmer as they reached the knee. Pluderhose were baggy all the way from the waist to the knee, and the baggy fabric hung down to hide the fastening at the knee. The longest breeches, known as slops, reached all the way to the calf.

    November 3, 2016

  • Breeches, a form of pants, came in a wide variety of styles. The most common form of breech was called the trunk hose. Trunk hose were attached to the bottom of the doublet, a padded overshirt, with points, or small ties, and bagged outward before fastening on the upper leg. They looked almost like a puffy short skirt. Trunk hose were often worn with canions, a loose-fitting hose for the upper leg. An exaggerated form of trunk hose was known as pumpkin breeches. Made with contrasting vertical panels of fabric, these breeches ballooned outward, making it look as if the wearer had a large pumpkin about his waist. Venetians were a form of breeches that reached to the knee; they were padded at the waist and upper thigh and grew slimmer as they reached the knee. Pluderhose/pluderhose were baggy all the way from the waist to the knee, and the baggy fabric hung down to hide the fastening at the knee. The longest breeches, known as slops, reached all the way to the calf.

    November 3, 2016

  • "Aren't the dermal piercings with crystal studs brilliant? Wwhite ink tattoos often look like the body-art method of branding or scarring but this is much more delicate and super feminine!"

    October 19, 2016

  • "“This pigment is of major importance, since it represents the bright red color desired by purchasers,” reads “Lawrie’s Meat Science,” one of the tentpole books for students and professionals in the meat industry. Some producers have even gone so far as to treat their meat with carbon dioxide gas in order to lock in this red color far past its normal lifespan."

    That blood in your meat Isn't what you think it is

    October 12, 2016

  • Mental health in general matters. A lot of people are ignorant about mental hygiene.

    October 9, 2016

  • n. An area of the coast in southern France, popular with holiday-makers.
    I've never heard of a holiday-maker. I believe I'd say holiday-goers.

    October 9, 2016

  • "The data scientist role was thrust into the limelight early this year when it was named 2016's "hottest job," and there's been considerable interest in the position ever since. Just recently, the White House singled data scientists out with a special appeal for help."

    October 9, 2016

  • An all-male panel of lawmakers in Utah refused to end the state’s sales tax on tampons, voting 8 to 3 against the Hygiene Tax Act.

    The committee (again, all men) shot down the proposal because it wanted to keep the tax system predictable and believed that allowing for subjective variations on the tax code would only cause problems, according to reports.

    Specifically, state representative Ken Ivory—one of the eight “no” votes—worried that exempting tampons would open the door for all kinds of crazy requests for exemptions, according to CBS News.

    October 9, 2016

  • "It s expensive to be a woman. Several studies have shown that choosing the shampoo bottle marketed to women (with its pastel colors and floral motif) will cost you more than reaching for the gray bottle of "men's" shampoo, even when both items are essentially the same product. It’s referred to as the “pink tax,” and Boxed, a bulk shipping retailer, just announced a discount to combat it, Entrepreneur magazine reports. If the women’s product you’re buying costs more than the men’s equivalent, Boxed will cut the price on the ladies’ version.


    Examples of “pink tax” products in 2014, finding that body washes, razors, shampoos, deodorants, and perfumes all charge different prices for the same products depending on whether they’re marketed to men or women. And in some states, tampons and other feminine hygiene products are legally considered “luxury” items subject to sales tax. (five states have actively made decisions not to tax tampons: MarylandMassachusettsPennsylvaniaMinnesota and New Jersey. The rest either don’t have a sales tax or don’t consider tampons a “necessity.”)

    October 9, 2016

  • @Prolagus.

    “Sardinians are a group that people have considered distinct from other Europeans, and in this regard it would be interesting if they were more widely distributed in the past.”

    Iceman's DNA reveals health risks and relations.

    October 2, 2016

  • A remembrance of someone (particularly a historical figure or a celebrity) who died long ago. The remembrance often appears as an article in a publication and includes details about their life and death.

    October 2, 2016

  • The Swainson's crow (Euploea swainson) is a species of nymphalid butterfly in the Danainae subfamily. It is found in Indonesia and the Philippines.

    September 23, 2016

  • Carter's Little Liver Pills (Carter's Little Pills after 1959) were formulated as a patent medicine by Samuel J. Carter of Erie, Pennsylvania, in 1868.

    September 23, 2016

  • Christi's big-eared bat (Plecotus christii) is a species of vesper bat in the family Vespertilionidae. It is endemic to Egypt.

    September 23, 2016

  • Pirlot's big-eared bat (Micronycteris homezi) is a species of bat endemic to Venezuela.

    September 23, 2016

  • Robert's snow vole (Chionomys roberti) is a species of rodent in the family Cricetidae. It is found in Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Russian Federation, and Turkey.

    September 23, 2016

  • Jackson's fat mouse (Steatomys jacksoni) is a species of rodent in the family Nesomyidae. It is found in Ghana and Nigeria.

    September 23, 2016

  • Krebs's fat mouse (Steatomys krebsii) is a species of rodent in the family Nesomyidae. It is found in Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia.

    September 23, 2016

  • Bookbinder's soup is a type of soup pioneered in the United States in 1893 when Samuel Bookbinder created Old Original Bookbinder's restaurant in Philadelphia.

    September 23, 2016

  • erin- Caradja's plague and Caragea's plague add as Caradja and Caragea. Apparently, the 's messes up the works.

    September 23, 2016

  • Caragea's plague or Caradja's plague (Romanian: Ciuma lui Caragea) was a bubonic plague epidemic that occurred in Wallachia, mainly in Bucharest, in the years 1813 and 1814. It coincided with the rule of the Phanariote Prince John Caradja.

    September 23, 2016

  • Caragea's plague or Caradja's plague (Romanian: Ciuma lui Caragea) was a bubonic plague epidemic that occurred in Wallachia, mainly in Bucharest, in the years 1813 and 1814. It coincided with the rule of the Phanariote Prince John Caradja.

    September 23, 2016

  • Poinsot's spirals

    September 23, 2016

  • Curschmann's spirals refers to a microscopic finding in the sputum of asthmatics which are spiral shaped mucus plugs from subepithelial mucous gland ducts or bronchioles. These may occur in several different lung diseases.

    September 23, 2016

  • Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (1939) is a collection of whimsical poems by T. S. Eliot about feline psychology and sociology, published by Faber and Faber. It is the basis for the musical Cats.

    September 23, 2016

  • Père David's rock squirrel (Sciurotamias davidianus), also known as the Chinese rock squirrel, is a species of rodent in the family Sciuridae. It is endemic to China, where it is found widely in rocky habitats in the eastern and central parts of the country.

    September 23, 2016

  • Döbereiner's lamp, also called a "tinderbox" ("Feuerzeug"), is a lighter invented in 1823 by the German chemist Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner.

    September 23, 2016

  • Great list, alexz. I love how you think.

    September 23, 2016

  • "The Austrian team doctor collided with another skier and was knocked under a snow-grooming machine, which crushed him instantly."

    September 23, 2016

  • James Oberg explained many UFO sightings on the Internet. Most of them belong to one of three groups:

    super-high plumes – rocket or missile plumes, especially lit by Sun on a dark sky;

    space dandruff – ice flakes, fragments of insulation, etc. flying alongside a space vehicle, especially seen on backward-facing camera;

    twilight shadowing – objects that move from shadow into sunlight in space appear as if coming from behind the clouds or from beyond the edge of the Earth.

    September 23, 2016

  • James Oberg explained many UFO sightings on the Internet. Most of them belong to one of three groups:
    super-high plumes – rocket or missile plumes, especially lit by Sun on a dark sky;
    space dandruff – ice flakes, fragments of insulation, etc. flying alongside a space vehicle, especially seen on backward-facing camera;
    twilight shadowing – objects that move from shadow into sunlight in space appear as if coming from behind the clouds or from beyond the edge of the Earth.

    September 23, 2016

  • James Oberg explained many UFO sightings on the Internet. Most of them belong to one of three groups:
    super-high plumes – rocket or missile plumes, especially lit by Sun on a dark sky;
    space dandruff – ice flakes, fragments of insulation, etc. flying alongside a space vehicle, especially seen on backward-facing camera;
    twilight shadowing – objects that move from shadow into sunlight in space appear as if coming from behind the clouds or from beyond the edge of the Earth.

    September 23, 2016

  • How many dashes equals a 50-yard dash? (Look at me, asking a Canadian)

    September 21, 2016

  • From Twitter: "you have a southern jaw". What is a southern jaw?

    September 19, 2016

  • orthognathic surgery = jaw surgery (a procedure performed by an oral surgeon.)

    September 19, 2016

  • "Every Aussie I've met, along with many commenters on different Gawker sites have humblebragged about how perfect Australia is compared to the US. "I can't believe X happens in America; Australia has/does Y." Is it not possible to comment on an issue on an American site without also mentioning your own country's superiority?"

    --FACTually (http://factually.gizmodo.com)

    September 19, 2016

  • Neo-Nazis, anti-Semites and white nationalists have begun using three sets of parentheses encasing a Jewish surname — for instance, (((Fleishman))) — to identify and target Jews for harassment on blogs and major social media sites like Twitter. As one white supremacist tweeted, "It's closed captioning for the Jew-blind."


    The origins of the symbol ((())) can be traced to a hardcore, right-wing podcast called The Daily Shoah in 2014. It's known as an "echo" in the anti-Semitic corners of the alt-right — a new, young, amorphous conservative movement that comprises trolls fluent in internet culture, free speech activists warring against political correctness and earnest white nationalists. Some use the symbol to mock Jews; others seek to expose supposed Jewish collusion in controlling media or politics. All use it to put a target on their heads.

    To the public, the symbol is not easily searchable on most sites and social networks; search engines strip punctuation from results. This means that trolls committed to uncovering, labeling and harassing Jewish users can do so in relative obscurity: No one can search those threats to find who's sending them.

    The symbol comes from right-wing blog the Right Stuff, whose podcast The Daily Shoah featured a segment called "Merchant Minute" that gave Jewish names a cartoonish "echo" sound effect when uttered. The "parenthesis meme," as Right Stuff editors call it, is a visual pun.
    --tech.mic

    September 18, 2016

  • Hm! Fakeymcfakeystarbugs.

    September 16, 2016

  • I opened the list. Thanks kalayzich and alexz.

    September 16, 2016

  • Thank you, wordnik!

    Inspired by: thank every word

    September 12, 2016

  • washroom (Can) vs bathroom/restroom (Amer)

    September 12, 2016

  • "While primary effects of invasive animals are bioturbation, bioerosion, and bioconstruction. For example, invasion of Chinese mitten crab Eriocheir sinensis have resulted in higher bioturbation and bioerosion rates."

    September 11, 2016

  • Weaving a torus with villarceau circles.

    September 11, 2016

  • The base of the penis

    September 11, 2016

  • "A chain used to secure something, especially a part of the dress and personal equipment, as, in the middle ages, the hilt of the sword to the breastplate or other part of the body-armor, or at the present day a watch, brooch, or bracelet."

    September 11, 2016

  • eggplant, hm.

    September 11, 2016

  • Icy cold and administrative flavored

    September 11, 2016

  • Tubular nugget sounds tasty.

    September 10, 2016

  • from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

    One who treats of the origin of the universe.

    One who understand not the meaning of above the sentence. How does one treat the universe? Antibiotics? Antidepressants?

    Gad Bateway again...OK now.

    September 10, 2016

  • Are you sure this isn't a merkin made from corn silk? Or a mercenary with a callus?

    What is a merman + a unicorn? (So much for gender neutrality!)

    September 8, 2016

  • "Moreover, people often use cards for awhile and then switch or they lose their cards and they need to be physically replaced. According to Federal Reserve data that I summarize in this article, in 2009 16.5% of credit card users discarded their cards and 29% of prepaid card users did so. Customer churn is especially high for prepaid card users, who often use their cards for only a short period or for a specified purpose. Churn is lowest for debit cards, because they are linked to bank accounts."

    --http://volokh.com/2014/01/21/economics-credit-card-security/

    September 5, 2016

  • Check out the visuals: the pregnant woman smoking is upsetting.

    September 4, 2016

  • How many other awful words have been created with -tastic?

    September 4, 2016

  • A "milagro" (miracle; a tiny replica of an arm or eye or animal, which can then be taken to the church and left with a donation). Sometimes made with "aged" bottle caps.

    September 3, 2016

  • Nichos are made from mixed media and traditionally combine elements from Roman Catholicism, mestizo spirituality, and popular culture.

    Nichos are made of objects that can be easily purchased or scavenged in the home or community. The media are characteristically humble for a religious object, especially compared to the typically ornate icons of the Catholic Church. The shadow box itself is easily converted from a cigar box or other mass-produced wooden container, but can also be constructed from any lightweight wood, recycled tin, or glass. The colorful designs on the box and borders are created not only with paint, but also with sequins, glitter, chain, thread or rope, paper mache, and any small bric-a-brac. Other ornaments within nichos include milagro charms, beads, stones, nails, and other manufactured and found objects.

    See examples of nicho art here.

    September 3, 2016

  • A bathtub Madonna (also known as a lawn shrine, Mary on the half shell[, [bathtub Mary, bathtub Virgin, and bathtub shrine) is a artificial grotto typically framing a Roman Catholic religious figure.

    September 3, 2016

  • plural for lararium.

    September 3, 2016

  • adj. Having an aspect of great depth, drawing the eye to look downwards.

    September 2, 2016

  • On Twitter:

    My safeword is honorificabilitudinitatibus which is very hard to say through a barbed wire ballgag.

    September 2, 2016

  • Who knew?

    September 2, 2016

  • "The story of forensic neuropathologist Bennet I. Omalu brings dramatic focus to one doctor's breakthrough discovery of a progressive neurologic disorder found in victims of brain trauma.

    Dr. Omalu called the disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), first discovered through an autopsy he performed on Mike Webster, the NFL's legendary Pittsburgh Steeler's player who died at age 50. Dr. Omalu went on to report and publish findings to identify CTE in eight more NFL players whose patterns of death were similar. Dr. Omalu's findings revolutionized neuroscience[, [sports medicine, the study of brain trauma, and the entire sports industry, even after being ridiculed by many of his professional peers, the NFL, and the industry."

    --Spotlight Event, 2015 College of American Pathologists Foundation Awards.

    September 2, 2016

  • Stanton Friedman considers the general attitude of mainstream academics as arrogant and dismissive or bound to a rigid worldview that disallows any evidence contrary to previously held notions. Denzler states that the fear of ridicule and a loss of status has prevented scientists of pursuing a public interest in UFOs. J. Allen Hynek's also commented, "Ridicule is not part of the scientific method and people should not be taught that it is." Hynek said of the frequent dismissal of UFO reports by astronomers that the critics knew little about the sightings, and should thus not be taken seriously. Peter A. Sturrock suggests that a lack of funding is a major factor in the institutional lack of interest in UFOs.--Wikipedia

    September 2, 2016

  • @madmouth. It's my fault for baiting ru. One of the entries below really is PERSON WHOSE OX IS GORED, which sounded just offbeat enough to trip ruzuzu's stream of consciousness.

    September 2, 2016

  • A curriculum-free philosophy of homeschooling is sometimes called unschooling, a term coined in 1977 by American educator and author John Holt in his magazine, "Growing Without Schooling". The term emphasizes the more spontaneous, less structured learning environment where a child's interests drive their pursuit of knowledge. In some cases, a liberal arts education is provided using the trivium and quadrivium as the main models.--Wikipedia

    August 31, 2016

  • @ruzuzu. Knowing you, I would have guessed person whose ox is gored.

    August 30, 2016

  • Earlier today it was bad gateway this and bad gateway that. Unable to leave a comment. No visuals. I was starting to have wordnik withdrawal.

    August 30, 2016

  • Latinx is the gender-neutral alternative to Latino, Latina and even Latin@. Used by scholars, activists and an increasing number of journalists, Latinx is quickly gaining popularity among the general public. It’s part of a “linguistic revolution“ that aims to move beyond gender binaries and is inclusive of the intersecting identities of Latin American descendants. In addition to men and women from all racial backgrounds, Latinx also makes room for people who are trans, queer, agender, non-binary, gender non-conforming or gender fluid.

    “In Spanish, the masculinized version of words is considered gender neutral. But that obviously doesn’t work for some of us because I don’t think it’s appropriate to assign masculinity as gender neutral when it isn’t,” explains queer, non-binary femme writer Jack Qu’emi Gutiérrez in an interview with PRI. “The ‘x,’ in a lot of ways, is a way of rejecting the gendering of words to begin with, especially since Spanish is such a gendered language.”

    Latinx is also, as pointed out by writer Gabe Gonzalez, a way to reclaim identity, a form of rebellion against “the language and legacy of European traditions that were imposed on the Americas.”

    --Why People Are Using The Term Latinx.

    August 28, 2016

  • "Once within the walls of the Ghetto they were alone, and could go about the little streets in perfect security; they were free from the contamination as well as safe from the depredations of Christians, and within their own precincts they were not forced to wear the hated orange-coloured cap or net which Paul the Fourth imposed upon the Jewish men and women. To a great extent, too, such isolation was already in the traditions of the race. A hundred years earlier Venice had created its Ghetto; so had Prague, and other European cities were not long in following. Morally speaking their confinement may have been a humiliation; in sober fact it was an immense advantage; moreover, a special law of 'emphyteusis' made the leases of their homes inalienable, so long as they paid rent, and forbade the raising of the rent under any circumstances, while leaving the tenant absolute freedom to alter and improve his house as he would, together with the right to sublet it, or to sell the lease itself to any other Hebrew; and these leases became very valuable"--Francis Marion Crawford, Ave Roma Immortalis, Vol. 2, Studies from the Chronicles of Rome, 1899.

    August 26, 2016

  • "A saltern is a word with a number of differing (but interrelated) meanings. In English archaeology, a saltern is an area used for salt making, especially in the East Anglian fenlands."

    August 25, 2016

  • Modern psychology has a serious God problem. America is a deeply spiritual country. More than half of Americans say religion is “very important” to them, and more than 90 percent profess a belief in a higher power. Yet psychology, as a scientific endeavor, has done almost nothing to understand how spiritual beliefs shape psychological problems, or affect treatment. When a person with deep religious convictions comes in for professional help, they will find, more often than not, a therapist who is not fully prepared to help.--Gareth Cook, Modern Psychology's God Problem.

    Relations between psychology and religion have a troubled history. Putting psychology on a scientific footing meant, in part, rejecting the notion that mental illness is a spiritual phenomenon, that madness implied possession by demons or foul spirits. Freud famously diagnosed religion as a psychological problem. To believe, in his view, was to be neurotic.

    August 24, 2016

  • A problem addressed by means of intuition, such as a recipe (for coconut cake) in which the ingredients and amounts used are unclear.

    "HARVARD PROFESSOR Roland Fryer has made a discovery with the potential to transform public education. To understand it, though, it helps to first hear a story about the conundrum of the coconut cake.

    Fryer’s grandmother makes an astounding coconut cake, a magical confection of sweetness and air he’s loved since he was a kid growing up in Florida. Fryer wanted to learn to make the cake himself, but every time he pressed for a recipe, she gave him directions like “use a good amount of sugar, a little flour but not too much, and just a bit of baking powder.”--Gareth Cook, Education's Coconut Cake Problem

    August 24, 2016

  • Trademark /New Zealand: a type of sandal with a strip of material between the big toe and the other toes and over the foot.

    August 24, 2016

  • The use of a laparoscopic power morcellator during a hysterectomy is discouraged because it increases the risk of spreading cancerous tissue within the abdomen and pelvis.

    During a hysterectomy with morcellation the surgeon slices the uterine tissue into small pieces and extracts them with a laparoscope through an incision in the abdomen. In women with undetected uterine cancer, the morcellator cuts through cancerous tissue and potentially distributes it outside the uterus.

    August 24, 2016

  • A vaginal pessary can take a number of different forms, including doughnut-shaped devices; horn-shaped varieties, known as gellhorns; and tube-like insertions with bulbous ends that work as inflatable devices.

    August 24, 2016

  • The search for habitable, alien worlds needs to make room for a second "Goldilocks," according to a Yale University researcher.

    For decades, it has been thought that the key factor in determining whether a planet can support life was its distance from its sun. In our solar system, for instance, Venus is too close to the sun and Mars is too far, but Earth is just right. That distance is what scientists refer to as the "habitable zone," or the "Goldilocks zone."--Science Daily, August 19, 2016

    August 24, 2016

  • Dorothy Parker dispensed caustic humor in prose and verse as well as over drinks. Her observations and remarks were very much of their time, but they still induce winces in an era when cutting snark has become practically de rigueur. Over the years many couplets and witticisms have been attributed to Parker, some apocryphally."

    August 22, 2016

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  • So sorry -- had to delete last comment as it was breaking the community page after I deleted the spammy comment. :-(

    March 19, 2015

  • Consider your scopes affected. De nada. As long as I was at it I effected 'em too!

    March 19, 2015

  • Nice detective work on 'on fleek'.

    March 7, 2015

  • Hey, hey! Checking in. Good to see 'zu get what's coming to her! :) I only occasionally visit these days. I'll try to bring it more into my crosscheck. Toodles for now.

    February 23, 2015

  • *press*

    Ooh! Another delicious food pellet!

    You're the bestest vending machine ever, vendingmachine!

    February 22, 2015

  • LDC - Liberal Democrat Conservative

    A blend of all 3 major political parties in Canada.

    February 21, 2015

  • LDC - longform digital crepuscule

    February 21, 2015

  • Ooh! A delicious food pellet! And two cents!!!

    February 12, 2015

  • I wonder what would happen if I were to press the "Save" button below this comment box.

    February 12, 2015

  • Ooh! Look! Delicious food pellets. Looks like you're my new bff, vendingmachine.

    February 11, 2015

  • I'm sure ruzuzu will be along any minute looking for food pellets.

    February 11, 2015

  • Do you have anything for two cents?

    February 11, 2015

  • You know, you're still my favourite vending machine.

    February 11, 2015

  • What's in the vending machine? The usual bile, or can we now get canned vitriol for a dollar?

    February 10, 2015