Monday, March 29, 2010

Monday, March 29, 2010

neophyte \NEE-uh-fyt\, noun:

1. A new convert or proselyte.
2. A novice; a beginner in anything.
Neophyte comes from Late Latin neophytus, from Greek neophutos, "newly planted," from neo-, "new" + phutos, "planted," from phuein, "to grow, to bring forth."
college morning
  • (noun) 1. Afternoon.

College Student A: "I don't have the money right now, can I pay you back tomorrow?"
College Student B: "Sure, just come by tomorrow morning."

College Student A: "Okay!"
College Student A: "Hey, I have your money!"
College Student B: (waking up) "Goddamn it, I meant COLLEGE MORNING."
How many years were there between the admission of the first and fiftieth states into the United States?
  • Almost 172. Delaware achieved statehood on December 7, 1787; Hawaii, on August 21, 1959.
  • Niagara Falls: ceased falling due to an ice jam upstream (1848)
  • Royal Albert Hall: was opened by Queen Victoria, dedicated to her husband and consort, Prince Albert (1871)
  • Ethel and Julius Rosenberg: US Communist couple were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage about the atomic bomb on behalf of the Soviet Union (1951)
  • Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: the Ringling Brothers joined P.T. Barnum and James A. Bailey to form "The Greatest Show on Earth" (1919)
  • Vietnam War: the last US soldiers left South Vietnam (1973)
  • Ireland: became the first country to ban smoking in all public places (2004)
Berfdays, yo!
  • John Tyler (1790-1862): US president who had 15 children, more than any other president; former British PMs Edward Stanley (1799-1869) and John Major (67) were also born on this date
  • Sam Walton (1918-1992): entrepreneur who became one of the world's richest men
  • Vangelis (67): composer, often of electronic music, Chariots of Fire; singer Pearl Bailey (1918-1990) shared this birth date
  • Eric Idle (67): humor writer and actor; author Judith Guest (74) shares this birth date
  • Elle Macpherson (46): Sports Illustrated model and sometimes actor; other actors born on this date include Christopher Lambert (53), Marina Sirtis (51), Amy Sedaris (49) and Lucy Lawless (42) and Hideaki Takizawa (28)
  • Jennifer Capriati (34): Olympic gold medalist in tennis; athletes Walt Frazier (65) and Earl Campbell (55) were also born on this date