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Pierre Gassendi (1592)

As a priest and a professor, Gassendi lectured on theology in his native southeastern France. However, as a philosopher, scientist, and astronomer, he was compelled to try to reconcile his scientific beliefs with the teachings of the church. Dissatisfied with the teachings of Aristotle, he came to espouse empiricism and atomism, the belief that tiny,…

greensward

Definition: (noun) Surface layer of ground containing a mat of grass and grass roots.

Synonyms: sod, turf.

Usage: There were lovely patches of greensward all about, with stately trees bearing rich and luscious fruits.

Herman Melville

There, then, he sat, the sign and symbol of a man without faith, hopelessly holding up hope in the midst of despair.

Tanzania Independence Day

Tanzania Independence Day is a celebration of independence from the British in 1961 of Tanganyika, which merged with Zanzibar in 1964 to become Tanzania. The day is a national holiday celebrated with parades, youth leagues marching before the president at the stadium in Dar es Salaam, school games, cultural dances, and aerobatics by the air…

Bezoar – It’s a Medical Term

A bezoar is a mass found trapped in the gastrointestinal system, though it can occur in other locations. A pseudobezoar is an indigestible object introduced intentionally into the digestive system. There are several varieties of bezoar, some of which have inorganic constituents and others organic. The term has both a modern (medical, scientific) and a …

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Bouncing Betty

The German S-mine, nicknamed the “bouncing betty” by US troops during World War II, is the best-known example of a bounding mine. These land mines are designed to attack unshielded infantry by launching into the air, exploding at waist-height…

Kilroy Was Here

“Kilroy was here” is an American popular culture expression that is believed to have originated during World War II, when a US shipyard worker began scrawling the phrase on ships he had inspected. US servicemen then…

World Development Information Day

In 1972, the United Nations established World Development Information Day on October 24. The purpose of this observance is to raise awareness about world economic development and the programs devised by the U.N. to promote development. The date was chosen to coincide with United Nations Day and the adoption of the International Development Strategy for…

The man on the Clapham omnibus – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The man on the Clapham omnibus is a hypothetical reasonable person, used by the courts in English law where it is necessary to decide whether a party has acted as a reasonable person would – for example, in a civil action for negligence. The man on the Clapham omnibus is a reasonably educated and intelligent […]

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Sonder

n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of … Read More: The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows […]

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“No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

“No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

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“Well, isn’t that SPE-CIAL?!”

“Well, isn’t that SPE-CIAL?!” Who: The Church Lady What: TV – Saturday Night Live When: 1986 More Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Church_Lady

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“You can’t spoil a baby”

“You can’t spoil a baby” http://www.whattoexpect.com/baby-behavior/spoil-a-newborn.aspx  

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“The Internet is Serious Business”

The Internet is Serious Business Who: mr_brett Where: General Mayhem forum When: 2003 More Info: http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/the-internet-is-serious-business  

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I didn’t get a “harrumph” out of that guy!

I didn’t get a “harrumph” out of that guy! – The Honorable William J. Lepetomane (Mel Brooks) in Blazing Saddles (1974) http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0152998/quotes The Governor expected everyone to show agreement with him by giving him a ‘harrumph’. One politician neglected to do so until urged on by Hedley Lamarr.      

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“Good night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are.”

“Good night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are.” – Jimmy Durante Jimmy Durante closed his shows and appearances with this Catch Phrase and finally revealed it was a tribute to his first wife.   Quote from Wikipedia: At a National Press Club meeting in 1966 (broadcast on NBC‘s Monitor program), Durante finally revealed that it was indeed a tribute to his […]

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Lech Walesa on being lazy

“I’m lazy. But it’s the lazy people who invented the wheel and the bicycle because they didn’t like walking or carrying things.” – Lech Walesa  

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