Saturday, February 09, 2013

Saturday, February 9, 2013

pseudepigraphy \soo-duh-PIG-ruh-fee\, noun:
  • The false ascription of a piece of writing to an author.
Pseudopigraphy was first used in the 1830s, but a related word pseudepigrapha dates back to the 1600s. In Greek, the word epigraph meant "title, ascription to an author." With the prefix pseud, it literally means "false ascription to an author."
iPhone Blindness
  • An acute condition which renders the sufferer incapable of remembering why he or she unlocked their iPhone, even when this was done as little as one or two seconds previously. It arises due to the multitude of gleaming white numbers in little red circles presented to the sufferer once the phone is unlocked, indicating suddenly riveting unread emails, thrilling Facebook and Twitter messages, essential weather forecast for tomorrow, exciting app updates, tantalising missed Skype calls, potentially life-changing calendar invites and many, many more, which inevitably cause the sufferer to forget immediately what they were actually supposed to be doing, e.g. making a simple phone call.
She: Why didn't you pay the credit card bill?
He: I was going to but when I looked at my phone, I saw five new emails, which I had to read, and a missed Skype call, which I had to return and then I forgot what I was supposed to do. Sorry, I think I've got iPhone Blindness.
On which continent is the European Space Agency’s launch site located?
  • South America, on the northeast coast of French Guiana.
  • John Quincy Adams: the House of Representatives chose America's sixth POTUS, when no candidate received a majority of electoral votes (1825)
  • National Weather Service: then known as the United States Weather Bureau, was founded under the US Army Signal Corps; it used to alert fruit growers to the approach of stormy weather by telegraph (1870)
  • Volley Ball was invented by W.G. Morgan (1895)
  • Davis Cup: international tennis competition was played for the first time; its donor, Dwight F. Davis, won (1900)
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame: the first embedded star was awarded, honoring Joanne Woodward (1960)
  • The Beatles: the Fab Four appeared for the first time on The Ed Sullivan Show (1964)
  • Satchel Paige: became the first Negro League player elected into Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame (1971)
  • William Henry Harrison (U.S.) 1773
  • George Ade 1866
  • Amy Lowell 1874
  • Ronald Colman 1891
  • Brian Donlevy 1899
  • Carmen Miranda 1909
  • Bill Veeck 1914
  • Ernest Tubb 1914
  • Gypsy Rose Lee 1914
  • Kathryn Grayson 1922
  • Brendan Behan 1923
  • Roger Mudd 1928
  • Robert Morris 1931
  • Jo Ann Prentice 1933
  • Janet Suzman 1939
  • Barry Mann 1942
  • Carole King 1942
  • Joe Pesci 1943
  • Barbara Lewis 1943
  • Alice Walker 1944
  • Mia Farrow 1945
  • Joe Ely 1947
  • Major Harris 1947
  • Judith Light 1949
  • Dennis "DT" Thomas (Kool & the Gang) 1951
  • Charles Shaughnessy 1955
  • Holly Johnson (Frankie Goes to Hollywood) 1960
  • Travis Tritt 1963
  • Julie Warner 1965
  • Dannie Leigh 1970
  • David Gallagher 1985