tortuous \TOR-choo-us\, adjective:
- Marked by repeated turns and bends; as, "a tortuous road up the mountain."
- Not straightforward; devious; as, "his tortuous reasoning."
- Highly involved or intricate; as, "tortuous legal procedures."
Tortuous is from Latin tortuosus, from tortus, "a twisting," from the past participle of torquere, "to twist."
- When you're at a party and all you really want is to get some guacamole dip and chips, but one of your fellow party-goers is drunkingly blocking your path to the guac.
Sarah had gotten her drink and was ready to get some snacks, but unfortunately she was guac-blocked by Cody, who had moved between her and the food.
- The abduction of a human by an extraterrestrial. A close encounter of the third kind is the sighting of an extraterrestrial.
- Meiji Restoration: re-established the authority of Japan's emperor and led to the fall of the shoguns (1868)
- the Curse of the Bambino: Red Sox losing streak began with the team's sale of Babe Ruth to the Yankees; it lasted till 2004 (1920)
- March of Dimes: fundraising organization was founded by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to raise funds for the battle against poliomyelitis; it later expanded its aim to the prevention of premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality (1938)
- Alaska: the territory once known as Seward's Folly became the 49th and largest US state (1959)
- Marcus Tullius Cicero 106 B.C.
- Lucretia Mott 1793
- Clement Attlee 1883
- Anna Pavlova 1885
- Joseph Rauh 1911
- Maxene Andrews (The Andrews Sisters) 1916
- John Russell 1921
- Bill Travers 1922
- Hank Stram 1924
- George Martin 1926
- Joan Walsh Anglund 1926
- Robert Loggia 1930
- Dabney Coleman 1932
- Coo Coo (Clifton) Marlin 1932
- Bobby Hull (NHL) 1939
- Van Dyke Parks 1943
- Victoria Principal 1944
- Stephen Stills (Buffalo Springfield) 1945
- Betty Rollin 1946
- John Paul Jones (Baldwin) 1946
- Melody Anderson 1955
- Mel Gibson 1956
- Shannon Sturges 1968
- James Carter 1969
- Michael Schumacher 1969
- Jason Marsden 1975