“Black Friday”

Overview

Black Friday is an annual shopping event observed in the United States on the Friday after Thanksgiving, during which most major retailers open early and offer a variety of promotional sales and discounts, to mark the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Since 2005, it has remained the busiest shopping day of the entire year.

Background

The earliest known use of the term “Black Friday” in the context of the holiday shopping season can be found in a December 1961 newsletter describing the heavy traffic jam in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Molecular Machines

A molecular machine is a minute mechanism consisting of molecular components that perform mechanical-like movements in response to specific stimuli. Chemists have synthesized a number of simple molecular machines, including molecular propellers and molecular motors, the latter of which are powered by light or reactions with other molecules and are capable of unidirectional rotation.

Far more complex biological versions of these artificial nanomachines are found in living cells. What do they do?

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Bonden Festival

At the Bonden (or Bonten) Festival at Yokote in the Akita Prefecture of Japan, each district of the city has a team of young men to carry its bonden in a race to the Asahiokayama-jinja shrine.

The bonden is a ten-foot bamboo pole, draped with heavy cloth and topped by a platform holding a figure of the Animal of the Year. Those carrying the bonden gradually increase their pace until they are running, often pushing members of competing teams to the ground to be the first to the top. The team that arrives first wins the privilege

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Birthday of Richard Allen

The son of two slaves, Richard Allen (1760-1831) was born in Philadelphia on this day. By the time he was 26 years old, he had saved enough money to buy his way out of slavery, and soon after that he established America’s first African-American church.

Allen’s work among African Americans expanded at such a rapid rate that in 1816 he had to expand the organization of his church nationwide. Members of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church commemorate the birth of their founder and first bishop on this day.

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“Sheeple”

I really hesitated to include this word in this directory. ‘Sheeple’ is one of two words I really hate… The other is ‘consumer’.

 

Sheeple (a portmanteau of “sheep” and “people”) is a derogatory term that highlights the herd behavior of people easily controlled by a governing power which likens them to sheep, a herd animal that is easily led about.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheeple

 

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Sheeple

 

 

 

 

petrous

Definition: (adjective) Of, relating to, or resembling rock, especially in hardness; stony.
Synonyms: stonelike.

Usage: The veterinarian removed several rounded, petrous objects from the animal’s wound.

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Pometty

From the Oxford Living Dictionaries website.

Terminating in a knob or knobs, as the arms of a cross.

Used in Heraldry. Might also refer to the use of an apple, the pommel of a saddle, a finial, or an ornamental fitting.

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