Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Rosetta Stone

From my email:
The Rosetta Stone is part of an Ancient Egyptian granite stele with engraved text that provided the key to modern understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphs. The inscription records a decree that was issued at Memphis in 196 BCE on behalf of King Ptolemy V. The decree appears in three texts: the upper one is in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, the middle one in Egyptian demotic script, and the lower text in ancient Greek. Originally displayed within a temple, the stele was probably moved during the early Christian or medieval period, and eventually used as building material in the construction of a fort at the town of Rashid (Rosetta) in the Nile delta. It was rediscovered there in 1799 by a soldier of the French expedition to Egypt. As the first known bilingual text, the Rosetta Stone aroused wide public interest with its potential to decipher the hitherto untranslated ancient Egyptian languages. Lithographic copies and plaster casts began circulating amongst European museums and scholars. Meanwhile, British troops defeated the French in Egypt in 1801, and the original stone came into British possession under the Capitulation of Alexandria. Transported to London, it has been on public display at the British Museum since 1802. It is the most-visited object in the British Museum.
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Sunday, September 25, 2016

frabjous \FRAB-juhs\, adjective:
  • Wonderful, elegant, superb, or delicious.
Frabjous is one of many words coined by Lewis Caroll in Through the Looking-Glass.
pabst blue ribbon
  • The best beer that comes in a 30 rack.
Person 1:Dude, here's ten bucks get some beer.
Person 2: What kind? 
Person 1: Busch Light. 
Person 2: Fuck that, I'm buying PBR?

  • Pacific Ocean: was first seen by Europeans when Vasco Núñez de Balboa and his Spanish crew crossed the Isthmus of Panama (1513)
  • polygamy: Mormon practice was renounced by Wilford Woodruff, the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1890)
  • Little Rock Nine: in a step for racial integration, black students entered a segregated Arkansas high school, protected by federal troops and over the protests of the state's governor (1957)
  • Sandra Day O'Connor: became the first woman to be sworn into the US Supreme Court (1981)
  • William Faulkner 1897
  • Red Smith 1905
  • Johnny Sain 1917
  • Phil Rizzuto 1918
  • Aldo Ray (daRe) 1926
  • Barbara Walters 1931
  • Glenn Gould 1932
  • Ian Tyson (Ian and Sylvia) 1933
  • Erik Darling (The Tarriers, Rooftop Singers) 1933
  • Juliet Prowse 1936
  • Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes 1936
  • Joe Russel (The Persuasions) 1939
  • Oscar Bonavena 1942
  • Robert Walden 1943
  • Gary Alexander (The Association) 1943
  • Michael Douglas 1944
  • Onnie McIntyre (Average White Band) 1945
  • Chery Tiegs 1947
  • Mimi Kennedy 1949
  • Anson Williams 1949
  • Mark Hamill 1951
  • Colin Friels 1952
  • Christopher Reeve 1952
  • John Locke (Spirit) 1953
  • Steve Severin (Siouxsie & The Banshees) 1955
  • Michael Madsen 1958
  • Heather Locklear 1961
  • Aida Turturro 1962
  • Scottie Pippen 1965
  • Will Smith (Fresh Prince) 1968
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones 1969
  • Bridgette Wilson 1973
  • Chris Owen 1980
  • Diana Ortiz 1985

Saturday, September 24, 2016

1984 Rajneeshee bioterror attack

From my email:
The 1984 Rajneeshee bioterror attack was the food poisoning of more than 750 individuals in The Dalles, Oregon, United States through the deliberate contamination of salad bars at ten local restaurants with salmonella. A leading group of followers of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (now known as Osho) had hoped to incapacitate the voting population of the city so that their own candidates would win the 1984 Wasco County elections. The incident was the first bioterrorism attack in the United States, and the single largest bioterrorist attack in United States history. The attack is one of only two confirmed terrorist uses of biological weapons to harm humans. Having previously gained political control of Antelope, Oregon, Rajneesh's followers based in nearby Rajneeshpuram sought election to two of the three seats on the Wasco County Circuit Court which were up for election in November 1984. Fearing they would not gain enough votes, Rajneeshpuram officials decided to incapacitate voters in The Dalles, the largest population center in Wasco County.
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Saturday, September 24, 2016

diaphanous \dy-AF-uh-nuhs\, adjective:
1. Of such fine texture as to allow light to pass through; translucent or transparent.
2. Vague; insubstantial.
Diaphanous ultimately derives from Greek diaphanes, "showing through," from diaphainein, "to show through, to be transparent," from dia-, "through" + phainein, "to show, to appear." It is related to phantom, something apparently sensed but having no physical reality.
  • VB - A rather horrid beer favoured by the proletariat and Northern Territorians. Still remarkably better than the weak swill that Americans call beer. Also known as green death and Vaginal Backwash
Break out the Beer Bong, here comes Macca with a carton of VB.

confident turtle
  • When one sticks their neck out so far as to avoid double chins and exude the confidence of a turtle that comes out of its shell.
She used the confident turtle to replace duck face in photos.


  • Black Friday: Wall Street panicked as speculators tried to corner the gold market, causing a collapse (1869)
  • USS Enterprise: first nuclear aircraft carrier was launched, in Newport News, Virginia (1960)
  • 60 Minutes: investigative TV news-magazine debuted on CBS (1968)
  • John Marshall 1755
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald 1896
  • Don Porter 1912
  • Larry Gates 1915
  • Jim McKay 1921
  • Sheila MacRae 1924
  • Anthony Newley 1931
  • Jim Henson 1936
  • Barbara Allbut (The Angels) 1940
  • Linda McCartney 1941 - Musician (Wings), wife of Paul McCartney (Beatles)
  • Phyllis "Jiggs" Allbut (The Angels) 1942
  • Gerry Marsden (Gerry and the Pacemakers) 1942
  • "Mean" Joe Green (NFL) 1946
  • Phil Hartman 1948
  • Gordon Clapp 1948
  • Kevin Sorbo 1958
  • Nia Vardalos 1962
  • Cedric Dent (Take 6) 1962
  • Rafael Palmeiro 1964
  • Lisa Matthews (born Lisa Reich) 1969 (PB Playmate Apr 1990)
  • Marty Mitchell (Ricochet) 1969
  • Megan Ward 1969
  • Marty Cintron (No Mercy) 1971
  • Kyle Sullivan 1988

Friday, September 23, 2016

Rock out for Lucia's berfday

Lucia Cifarelli - Senior Cabin Attendant Pictures, Images and Photos

Professional Killer
 Conquer your world
Study you quietly
Count the ways
I'll do anything you say
There will be no holding back
Legions of me

So cruel
Longing eternally
Bitter sweet possibilities
A tiger on the attack
Ready to bleed

Tragically yours
Obey and submit to me
I will find you
Wherever you hide
Got a thrill for the hunt
A skilled criminal mind

So calm
Tracking your every move
Unrelenting my conscious clear
Beyond a shadow of doubt
A force to be feared

Wretched and pure
Tricky and dangerous
Do not question
Or challenge your fate
A promise written in blood
Take life for pay

Yours is not to ask why
Yours is to do and die
Professional killer

WTF Friday: Beauty

You're beautiful.
Your big, fat, ugly face... beautiful.
~Marcus Motion

Friday, September 23, 2016

agog \uh-GOG\, adjective:
  • Full of excitement or interest; in eager desire; eager, keen.
Agog derives from Middle French en gogues, "in mirth; lively."
airport vultures
  • Passengers waiting to board a plane who stalk around near and clog up the boarding gate before a flight, regardless of where their seat is or when boarding actually is.
The flight attendant became so irritated with the airport vultures that the flight was abruptly cancelled.

  • "I have not yet begun to fight": defiant statement was reportedly proclaimed by American commander John Paul Jones, just before winning a naval battle with the British (1779)
  • Lewis and Clark: explorers arrived back in St. Louis after a three-year journey through the US Pacific Northwest (1806)
  • Neptune: the eighth planet from the sun was discovered (1846)
  • Checkers speech: as a vice-presidential candidate, Richard M. Nixon denied having received improper contributions, except perhaps for his daughter's dog, Checkers (1952)
  • Caesar Augustus 63 B.C.
  • William McGuffy 1800
  • Victoria Chaflin Woodhull 1838
  • Walter Lippmann 1889
  • Walter Pidgeon 1897
  • Louis Nevelson 1900
  • Mickey Rooney (Joe Yule, Jr.) 1920
  • Gail Russell 1924
  • John Coltrane 1926
  • Ray Charles 1930
  • Colin Blakely 1930
  • Pay (Chiyoko) Suzuki 1931
  • Les McCann 1935
  • Romy Schneider 1938
  • Ben E. King (The Drifters) 1938
  • Roy Buchanan 1939
  • T3h Bax0jayz Father 1939
  • Julio Iglesias 1943
  • Steve Boone (The Lovin' Spoonful) 1943
  • Paul Petersen 1945
  • Ronald Bushy (Iron Butterfly) 1945
  • Don Grolnick 1947
  • Mary Kay Place 1947
  • Neal Smith (Alice Cooper, Bouchard, Dunaway & Smith (BSD))
  • Bruce Springsteen 1949 
  • Lita Ford 1959
  • Jason Alexander 1959
  • Elizabeth Pena 1961
  • Don Herron (BR5-49) 1962
  • Ani DiFranco 1970
  • Lucia Cifarelli 1971 (KMFDM)
  • Sarah Bettens (K's Choice) 1972
  • Mike Felumiee (Smoking Popes) 1974

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Turtle Thursday: Bog Turtle

From my email:
The bog turtle is a semiaquatic turtle that is endemic to the eastern United States. It was discovered in Pennsylvania in the 18th century and first scientifically described in 1801. It is the smallest North American turtle, measuring about 10 centimeters (4 in) long when fully grown. Although the bog turtle is similar in appearance to the painted or spotted turtles, its closest relative is the somewhat larger wood turtle. The bog turtle can be found from Vermont in the north, south to Georgia and west to Ohio. Diurnal and secretive, it spends most of its time buried in mud and, during the winter months, in hibernation. The bog turtle is omnivorous, feeding mainly on small invertebrates. Adult bog turtles weigh 110 grams (3.9 oz) on average. Their skins and shells are typically dark brown, with a distinctive orange spot on each side of the neck. Considered threatened at the federal level, the bog turtle is protected under the United States' Endangered Species Act. Invasive plants and urban development have eradicated much of the bog turtle's habitat, substantially reducing its numbers. Demand for the bog turtle is high in the black market pet trade, partly because of its small size and unique characteristics. Various private projects have been undertaken in an attempt to reverse the decline in the turtle's population. The turtle has a low reproduction rate; females lay an average of three eggs per clutch and lay one clutch per year. The young tend to grow rapidly, reaching sexual maturity between the ages of 4 and 10 years old. Bog turtles live for an average of 20 to 30 years in the wild. Since 1973, the Bronx Zoo has successfully bred bog turtles in captivity.
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Brobdingnagian \brob-ding-NAG-ee-uhn\, adjective:
  • Of extraordinary size; gigantic; enormous.
Brobdingnagian is from Brobdingnag, a country of giants in Swift's Gulliver's Travels. 
Cerebral Bulimia

  • Binging and purging of the brain.
Last week I had total Cerebral Bulimia prepping for that US Government final.
  • Autumnal Equinox
  • Nathan Hale: the American Revolutionary War hero was hung by the British as a spy, saying "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country" (1776)
  • Shaka: Zulu kingdom founder was assassinated by his half-brothers (1828)
  • long-count fight: Gene Tunney successfully defended his heavyweight boxing title against Jack Dempsey (1927)
  • Fiddler on the Roof: musical set in the shtetl opened on Broadway; it ran for 3,242 shows (1964)
  • Iran-Iraq War: eight-year Persian Gulf conflict began (1980)
  • Michael Faraday 1791
  • Paul Muni 1895
  • Allan 'Rocky' Lane 1901
  • John Houseman 1902
  • Martha Scott 1914
  • Tommy Lasorda 1927
  • Eugene Roche 1928
  • Joni James (Joan Carmello Babbo) 1930
  • Harriet King 1935
  • Ray Norton 1937
  • Paul LeMat 1945
  • King Sunny Ade 1946
  • Mark Phillips 1948
  • Harold Carmichael 1949
  • David Coverdale (Deep Purple, Whitesnake) 1951
  • Shari Belafonte-Harper 1954
  • Debby Boone 1956
  • June Forester (The Forester Sisters) 1956
  • Johnette Napolitano (Concrete Blond) 1957
  • Lynn Herring 1958
  • Joan Jett 1960
  • Rob Stone 1962
  • Scott Baio 1961
  • Bonnie Hunt 1964
  • Big Rube (Society of Soul) 1971
  • Laura Vandervoort 1984

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Hasselhoff Wednesday: Swimming

Have a wet Wednesday Pictures, Images and Photos
Hasselhoff > You

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

  • One who has a meek, timid, unassertive nature.
WORD HISTORY An indication of the effect on the English language of popular culture is the adoption of names from the comic strips as English words. Casper Milquetoast, created by Harold Webster in 1924, was a timid and retiring man named for a timid food....
bingo tease
  • a person who claims to have bingo but does not
Person A: "BINGO!"
Person B: (looks at bingo card) I did not call O 69
All other players: "SHES SUCH A BINGO TEASE!"

  • French National Convention: voted to abolish the monarchy (1792)
  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus: editorial in the New York Sun addressed an eight-year-old's doubts (1897)
  • The Hobbit: J.R.R. Tolkien's classic Middle-earth novel was published (1937)
  • independence: Malta (1964) and Belize (1981) become independent of the United Kingdom and the People's Republic of China was proclaimed (1949)
  • NFL Monday Night Football: debuted on ABC, with color commentators Howard Cosell and Don Meredith (1970)
  • H.G. Wells 1866
  • Chuck Jones 1912
  • Rand Brooks 1918
  • Larry Hagman 1931
  • Leonard Cohen 1934
  • Henry Gibson 1935
  • James Woolsey 1941
  • Dickey Lee (Patches) 1941
  • Sam McDowell 1942
  • Fannie Flagg 1944
  • Richard Childress 1945
  • Stephen King 1947
  • Reggie Rucker 1947
  • Don Felder (The Eagles) 1947
  • Marsha Norman 1948
  • Bill Murray 1950
  • Kenny Starr 1953
  • Arie Luyendyk 1953
  • Philthy Animal (Motorhead) 1954
  • Mark Levin 1957
  • Ethan Coen 1958
  • Mark Reed Levin 1958
  • Dave Coulier 1959
  • David James Elliot 1960
  • Nancy Travis 1961
  • Catherine Oxenberg 1961
  • Rob Morrow 1962
  • Faith Hill 1967
  • Tyler Stewart (Barenaked Ladies) 1967
  • Ricki Lake 1968
  • Trugoy the Dove (De La Soul) 1968
  • Alfonso Ribeiro 1971
  • Liam Gallagher (Oasis) 1972
  • Joseph Mazzello 1983
  • Maggie Grace 1983 - Actress ("Lost")