automaton \aw-TOM-uh-ton, -tn\, noun:
- a mechanical figure or contrivance constructed to act as if by its own motive power; robot.
- a person or animal that acts in a monotonous, routine manner, without active intelligence.
- something capable of acting automatically or without an external motive force.
Automaton comes from the Greek autos + matos, literally meaning "self thinking." It entered English in the 1600s.
- The feeling you get when you haven't had access to the internet (i.e. facebook and twitter) for a long time, like several minutes.
(A family is on vacation)
Mom: Johnny, come to dinner!
Johnny: Fucking not hungry!
Mom (to dad): What the hell is wrong with him?
Dad: He's got postmodem depression; he can't update his facebook status.
Mom: But we have only been here for 15 minutes.
- Solstice (summer in the Northern Hemisphere; winter in the Southern)
- US Constitution: went into effect as New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify it (1788)
- polio: the World Health Organization declared Europe free of the disease (2002)
- SpaceShipOne: the first privately funded and developed spacecraft was launched over the Mojave Desert and piloted into space by Michael Melvill (2004)
- Pluto: newly discovered moons were named Nix and Hydra (2006)
- Martha Washington 1731
- Henry Ossawa Tanner 1859
- Al Hirshfield 1903
- Jean-Paul Sartre 1905
- Jane Russell 1921
- Judy Holliday 1922
- Maureen Stapleton 1925
- Carl Stokes 1927
- O.C. Smith 1932
- Bernie Kopell 1933
- Francoise Sagan 1935
- Ron Ely 1938
- Monte Markham 1938
- Joe Flaherty 1940
- Mariette Hartley 1940
- Brian Sternberg 1943
- Ray Davies (Kinks) 1944
- Chris Britton ( The Troggs) 1945
- Brenda Holloway 1946
- Joey Molland 1947
- Michael Gross 1947
- Robert Pastorelli 1954
- Leigh McCloskey 1955
- Berke Brethed 1957
- Mark Brzezicki (Big Country) 1957
- Doug Savant 1964
- Porter Howell 1964
- Sammi Davis-Voss 1964
- Michael Dolan 1965
- Allison Moorer 1972
- Juliette Lewis 1973
- Justin Cary (Sixpence None the Richer) 1975
- Mike Einziger (Incubus) 1976
- Prince William (England) 1982