Saturday, April 29, 2017
osmose \oz-MOHS\, verb:
1. To gradually or unconsciously assimilate some principle or object.2. To undergo osmosis.
Osmose comes from the biological term osmosis, "the tendency of a fluid, usually water, to pass through a semipermeable membrane into a solution where the solvent concentration is higher, thus equalizing the concentrations of materials on either side of the membrane." Osmosis derives from endosmose, with endo- being French for "inward" and osmos meaning "push, thrust" in Greek.
- A term meaning you're leaving. Similar to "outta here."
I don't like those people you invited over so I'm ghost.
- Joan of Arc: led her army into Orléans in victory over the English (1429)
- Dachau: concentration camp was liberated by US soldiers (1945)
- Naomi Uemura: became the first person to reach the North Pole alone; he traveled by sled dog (1978)
- Los Angeles race riots: began after the acquittal of police officers accused of beating Rodney King (1992)
- space walk: astronaut Jerry Linenger and cosmonaut Vasily Tsibliyev stepped out together on first joint US-Russian walk in space (1997)
- Rent: Rock musical opened on Broadway; the Manhattan-set retelling of La bohème went on to win several Tonys, a Pulitzer and many other awards (1996)
- Alexander II (Alexander the Liberator) 1745 - Czar of the Russian Empire from 1855 to 1881
- William Randolph Hearst 1863 - American newspaper magnate, newspaper publisher,
- Sir Thomas Beecham 1879 - British conductor
- Duke Ellington (Edward Kennedy) 1899 - Composer, pianist, big band leader
- Hirohito (Emperor Showa) 1901 - 124th Japanese emperor, emperor from 1926 to 1989
- Tom Ewell 1909 - Actor ("The Girl Can't Help It," "The Tom Ewell Show," "Baretta")
- Richard Carlson 1912 - Actor, director, screenwriter
- Donald Mills 1915 - Musician (The Mills Brothers)
- Celeste Holm 1919 - Actress
- Danny Davis 1925 - Musician (The Nashville Brass)
- Carl Gardner 1928 - Musician (The Coasters)
- Lonnie Donegan 1931 - Musician
- Rod McKuen 1933 - Poet
- Keith Baxter 1933 - Actor
- Otis Rush 1934 - Musician
- Luis Aparicio 1934 - Baseball player
- Lane Smith 1936 - Actor ("Red Dawn," "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman")
- April Stevens 1936 - Singer
- Zubin Mehta 1936 - Conductor
- Duane Allen 1943 - Singer (The Oak Ridge Boys)
- Richard Kline 1944 - Actor ("Three's Company")
- Tammi Terrell 1945 - Singer
- Tommy James 1947 - Musician (The Shondells)
- Francis Rossi 1949 - Musician (Status Quo)
- Dale Earnhardt 1951 - Father of race car driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.
- Kate Mulgrew 1955 - Actress ("Star Trek: Voyager")
- Jerry Seinfeld 1955 - Comedian, actor ("Seinfeld")
- Daniel Day-Lewis 1957 - Actor
- Eve Plumb 1958 - Actress ("The Brady Bunch")
- Mark Kendall 1958 - Musician (Great White)
- Stephanie Bentley 1963 - Country musician
- Carnie Wilson 1968 - Singer (Wilson Phillips)
- Michael Timmins 1969 - Musician (Cowboy Junkies)
- Master P (Percy Miller) 1970 - Rapper
- Uma Thurman 1970 - Actress ("Pulp Fiction")
- Andre Agassi 1970 - Tennis player
- James Bonamy 1972 - Country Musician
- Mike Hogan 1973 - Musician (Cranberries)
- Tommie Harris 1983 - Football player
- Zane Carney 1985 - Actor
Friday, April 28, 2017
polymorphous \pol-ee-MAWR-fuhs\, adjective:
- Having, assuming, or passing through many or various forms, stages, or the like.
Polymorphous combines the Greek roots Poly-, "many," and -morphous, "shape."
- Similar to cold shoulder, except a cold finger is done by ignoring someone's text or facebook message--usually when said person's comment is pointless or uncalled for.
FB status: "Man, I just got called into work for another 16 hour weekend shift."
Tool: "Lol, I never work weekends lol"
*cold finger/friend removal is appropriate here
- Orgasmic, amazing, awesome.
- Really, really hot.
'Yeah. It was Fapulous!"
- mutiny on the Bounty: mutineers led by Fletcher Christian took over the HMS Bounty and set Capt. William Bligh and other sailors adrift (1789)
- Benito Mussolini: Italy's Fascist dictator was executed (1945)
- Kon-Tiki: Thor Heyerdahl and 5 others set sail from Peru across the Pacific on a raft to prove that pre-Columbian South Americans could have settled Polynesia (1947)
- Muhammad Ali: refused induction into the US army; his heavyweight title was stripped and he was later convicted of draft dodging (1967)
- food pyramid: suggested eating plan was adopted by the US Department of Agriculture (1992); it has since been modified
- Aldrich Ames: CIA officer pleaded guilty to spying for the Soviet Union (1994)
- James Monroe 1758 - 5th U.S. President, nickname: The Last Cocked Hat
- Charles Stuart 1795
- Mifflin Gibbs 1828
- Louise Homer 1871 - Opera singer
- Sidney Toler 1874 - Actor ("Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum", "The Jade Mask")
- Lionel Barrymore 1878 - Actor ("Captains Courageous", "It’s a Wonderful Life")
- Red (Charles Frederick) Lucas 1902 - Baseball player, "The Nashvilled Narcissus"
- Odette Hallowes 1912
- Robert Anderson 1917 - Playwright ("Tea and Sympathy", "The Nun’s Story")
- Rowland Evans 1921
- (Nelle) Harper Lee 1926 - Author ("To Kill A Mockingbird")
- Blossom Dearie 1926 - Musician (Blue Stars)
- Carolyn Jones 1933
- Jackie (John George) Brandt 1934 - Baseball player
- Saddam Hussein 1937 - Iraqi leader
- Madge Sinclair 1938 - Actress ("Trapper John M.D.", "Coming to America")
- Ann-Margret (Olsson) 1941 - Singer, actress ("Viva Las Vegas", "Grumpy Old Men")
- John Walters 1945 - Musician (Dr. Hook)
- Marcia Strassman 1948 - Actress ("Welcome Back Kotter", "Another Stakeout"), singer
- Pablo (Arnoldo) Torrealba 1948 - Baseball player
- Bruno Kirby 1949 - Actor ("The Basketball Diaries", "When Harry Met Sally")