Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

vitiate \VISH-ee-ayt\, transitive verb:
  1. To make faulty or imperfect; to render defective; to impair; as, "exaggeration vitiates a style of writing."
  2. To corrupt morally; to debase.
  3. To render ineffective; as, "fraud vitiates a contract."
Vitiate comes from Latin vitiare, from vitium, fault. It is related to vice (a moral failing or fault), which comes from vitium via French.
  • snow + apocalypse = snowpocalypse. When weathermen predict large amounts of snowfall in a short period of time.
Clint: Dude, I heard on the weather channel you had a snowpocalypse last night in your area 
Paul: Naw, just a couple inches, the weather man is an idiot.

  • Shrove Tuesday: aka Fat Tuesday. Mardi Gras, Mardi Gras season, and Carnival season, in English, refer to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after Epiphany and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foodsbefore the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday.

  • 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
    Frank Frazetta 1928
  • 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
    Tom Hiddleston 1981 (Loki) 
  • David Gallagher 1985