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  • Word For The Day - DIABOLIC

    05/04/2018 6:37:14 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    www.collinsdictionary.com ^ | 05/04/2018 | Red Badger
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". diabolic (daɪəbɒlɪk ) 1. adjective Diabolic is used to describe things that people think are caused by or belong to the Devil. [formal] ...the diabolic forces which lurk in all violence. 2. adjective If you describe something as diabolic, you are emphasizing that it is very bad, extreme, or unpleasant. [mainly US, emphasis] Pitt's smile returned, and it was hideously diabolic.
  • Dedicating this Ogden Nash poem to today's Leftists

    05/01/2018 10:42:04 PM PDT · by CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC · 17 replies
    Memory ^ | My Grandparent's Era | Ogden Nasm
    'Love' is a word that is frequently heard, 'Hate' is a word that is not. Love, I am told, is more precious that gold. Love, I have read, is hot. But 'hate' is the verb that to me is superb, And love but a drug on the mart. Any kiddie in school can love like a fool, But hating, my boy, is an art! --- Ogden Nash
  • The history of the bolt

    04/28/2018 8:43:57 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 82 replies
    Bolted - A FORUM ABOUT OPTIMIZING BOLT SECURING ^ | 20 December 2017 | Allanah Eames
    Bolts are one of the most common elements used in construction and machine design. They hold everything together from screws in electric toothbrushes and door hinges to massive bolts that secure concrete pillars in buildings. Yet, have you ever stopped to wonder where they actually came from? While the history of threads can be traced back to 400 BC, the most significant developments in the modern day bolt and screw processes were made during the last 150 years. Experts differ as to the origins of the humble nut and bolt. In his article Nuts and Bolts, Frederick E. Graves...
  • Not much of a poem for Holocaust Day

    04/13/2018 5:45:48 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/4/18 | Esther Cameron
    On Holocaust Remembrance Day it was announced that the proceeds of the diary of Anne Frank will be donated to an American-based organization that sends Arab youths to spit on Israeli soldiers and curse their mothers and films them if they display a twinge of resentment. Yes, it's true. Read Edwin Black's Financing the Flames. That book was loaned to me yesterday by a neighbor down the street in Maale Adumim (across the Green Line, technically a settlement, it was founded on a rainy night in '75 by a few families who faced eviction, though now it has grown big...
  • Amy's Place ... Poetry and Potpourri ... April. May and June. 2018

    03/31/2018 9:56:39 PM PDT · by JustAmy · 634 replies
    April 1, 2018 | Meg33, The Mayor, Trisham, JustAmy
    Welcome To.... 'Amy's Place' welcomes all poets and those who enjoy poetry.'Amy's Place' is more than just about poetry.Come in, relax, and share with fellow FReepersyour thoughts about any of the things on the *Menu*. Enjoy! :) Never Forget! Bad Penny Amy's personal guardian ~ the ever charming, lovable, huggable, LouieWolf Many thanks for stopping by. : )
  • Maynard Dixon: Thoughts About Art and Modernism

    03/31/2018 9:40:11 AM PDT · by Utah Binger · 12 replies
    Painter and Poet of the Far West During the three generations since the California Argonauts who struck it rich had become its most lavish patrons of the fine arts, San Francisco is reputed to have foster-mothered more than twelve hundred artists, most of the first generation being of European birth and training. Her first gilded nabobs, with callouses still on their palms, went in for social climbing and gaudy culture. They crowned Nob Hill with gimcrack palaces and, having been told that art galleries were the thing, blew themselves without stint on marble statuary and very large paintings-- panoramic and...
  • Gone extinct: Animatronic T-Rex bursts into flames

    03/23/2018 12:29:10 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 16 replies
    Youtube ^ | Mar 22, 2018 | Youtube
    <p>CANON CITY, CO (AP) The co-owner of a dinosaur-themed park in southern Colorado thinks an electrical malfunction caused a life-size animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex to burst into flames.</p> <p>Zach Reynolds says the T-Rex at the Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience smoldered for about 10 minutes before it caught fire Thursday morning. Visitors watched as the inferno spread through the dinosaur, which appeared at times to be breathing flames.</p>
  • Won't Get Fooled Again

    03/23/2018 11:42:07 AM PDT · by NorthMountain · 45 replies
    Lyric Find ^ | ??? | The Who
    Won't Get Fooled Again The Who We'll be fighting in the streets With our children at our feet And the morals that they worship will be gone And the men who spurred us on Sit in judgment of all wrong They decide and the shotgun sings the song I'll tip my hat to the new constitution Take a bow for the new revolution Smile and grin at the change all around Pick up my guitar and play Just like yesterday Then I'll get on my knees and pray We don't get fooled again The change, it had to come We...
  • Word Of The Day: magniloquent

    03/16/2018 6:14:38 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    www.dictionary.com ^ | 03-17-2018 | Red Badger
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". ________________________________________________________________________________ MAGNILOQUENT: mag·nil·o·quent maɡˈniləkwənt/ adjective adjective: magniloquent using high-flown or bombastic language. Origin mid 17th century: from Latin magniloquus (from magnus ‘great’ + -loquus ‘-speaking’) + -ent. ________________________________________________________________________________ Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. Amuse me or enlighten me for extra credit.
  • Word Of The Day: RACONTEUR

    03/02/2018 6:38:16 AM PST · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    www.dictionary.com ^ | 03/02/2018 | Red Badger
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". _____________________________________________________________________________________________ rac·on·teur ˌräˌkänˈtər/ noun noun: raconteur; plural noun: raconteurs a person who tells anecdotes in a skillful and amusing way. synonyms: storyteller, teller of tales, spinner of yarns, narrator Origin early 19th century: French, from raconter ‘relate, recount.’ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. Amuse me or enlighten me for extra...
  • Plagiarism Software Unveils a New Source for 11 of Shakespeares Plays

    02/18/2018 12:09:16 PM PST · by onedoug · 64 replies
    New York Times ^ | Feb 7 2108 | MICHAEL BLANDING
    For years scholars have debated what inspired William Shakespeares writings. Now, with the help of software typically used by professors to nab cheating students, two writers have discovered an unpublished manuscript they believe the Bard of Avon consulted to write King Lear, Macbeth, Richard III, Henry V and seven other plays. The news has caused Shakespeareans to sit up and take notice.
  • GOLF

    02/03/2018 1:08:28 PM PST · by CLASSYREEE · 72 replies
    JUST A THOUGHT. PEOPLE WHO PLAY A GAME ARE MORE ETHICAL THAN GAMES PEOPLE PLAY. FOR INSTANCE, A GOLFER MAY TAP A PUTT AND MOVE THE BALL AN INCH. NO ONE NOTICED, NOT AN OFFICAL, NOT A FAN, NOT A FELLOW PLAYER. YET THE PLAYER STANDS UP AND ANNOUNCES THAT HE MADE A STROKE. IT IS MORE IMPORTANT TO PLAY BY THE RULES THEN WORRY ABOUT WHO WILL WIN. THE PLAYER HAS ALREADY WON BECAUSE HE WAS HONEST. THE ANSWER IS NOT TO HAVE MORE JUDGES OR MORE CAMERAS ON THE BALL. THE ANSWER IS TO HAVE MORE PLAYERS WITH...
  • Moody Blues singer Ray Thomas dies at his home aged 76 after a battle with prostate cancer

    01/07/2018 9:15:11 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 99 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Jan 07, 2018 | Charlie Bayliss
    Moody Blues singer Ray Thomas has passed away after a battle with prostate cancer. The English rock hero, 76, died at his home in Surrey on Thursday, January 4. His record label have since released a statement confirming his death. In a statement, they said: 'It is with profound sorrow and sadness that Cherry Red Records and Esoteric Recordings regret to announce that Ray Thomas, founder member, flautist and vocalist of the Moody Blues, passed away suddenly at his home in Surrey on Thursday.
  • Man creates snow plow from lawnmower and cardboard box

    01/06/2018 7:34:28 AM PST · by Rebelbase · 34 replies
    CBSNC ^ | 1/5/18 | CNN Newsource
    CHAMBERSBURG, Pennsylvania (CNN) A Pennsylvania man had a creative solution to help clear his snow-covered driveway. Jonathan Schill attached a giant cardboard box from a flat-screen TV to his riding lawnmower to create a make-shift snow plow. His fiance, Kaitlynn Toporzycki, captured the snow plow on video from outside their home in Chambersburg last week. She admitted it actually worked. Snowplowing with lawnmower and 50 TV box! Gets the job done! she wrote as the caption to the video. Video Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDqzQwKwvxo
  • Amy's Place ... Poetry and Potpourri ... January, February and March, 2018

    01/01/2018 8:24:26 PM PST · by JustAmy · 669 replies
    Meg33, The Mayor, Trisham, JustAmy
    Welcome To.... 'Amy's Place' welcomes all poets and those who enjoy poetry.'Amy's Place' is more than just about poetry.Come in, relax, and share with fellow FReepersyour thoughts about any of the things on the *Menu*. Enjoy! :) Never Forget! Bad Penny Amy's personal guardian ~ the ever charming, lovable, huggable, LouieWolf Many thanks for stopping by. : )
  • A Recap of the News of 1813, here and abroad, in Poetry

    12/30/2017 11:11:50 AM PST · by mairdie · 1 replies
    1814 Northern Whig ^ | 1 January 1814 | Henry Livingston
    Another year of war, and descriptions of the naval battles in the War of 1812. And a reuse of some of the 1812 New Years verse, as well as the appearance of the unusual, and now famous, Matter-Clatter rhyme from the Christmas poem. There's also an awakened narrator, but this time to work, not to be part of a nightmare. Pray may I ask what was the matter When you all rais'd such noisy clatter,
  • A Recap of the News of 1812, here and abroad, in Poetry

    12/29/2017 11:51:26 AM PST · by mairdie · 8 replies
    1813 Northern Whig | 1 January 1813 | Henry Livingston
    A recap of the news of the year which included The War of 1812. This is a far less cheerful recap of a bloody time. We will next take a view of BELLONA'S car, And Madison's new-fangled paper-shot war: -- Next turn your eyes to Queenston heights, And see how brave VAN RENSSELAER fights! Not in the modern mode, by writing, But plain old-fashion'd true blue fighting.
  • A Recap of the News of 1812, here and abroad, in Poetry

    12/28/2017 12:34:17 PM PST · by mairdie · 3 replies
    1812 Northern Whig Carrier Address | 1 January 1812 | Henry Livingston
    A Carrier Address found in the last year and identified as Henry Livingston's by statistical tests carried out with Emeritus Professor Mac Jackson. Identification was carried out by creating a set of unknown poems, which took the place of the body of Moore's poetry for comparison, and a set of known author poems used as a control, and subjected to the same statistical analysis tests, including small words, phonemes, rhymes and noun phrases. The 1812 Carrier Address is significant because it reuses the Christmas poem's night visitor, but here it's a nightmare sprite awakening the narrator. The Henry Livingston website...
  • What Did You Get For Christmas?

    12/27/2017 6:23:40 PM PST · by blueunicorn6 · 176 replies
    Santa | 12/27/2017 | blueunicorn6
    What did you get for Christmas this year? The wife started out poorly by giving me socks. But, she redeemed herself with the next present which was brass knuckles. Well, not actually brass knuckles, but I can use it like that. Some kind of multi tool thing. Looks like an old protractor to me. Supposed to be able to cut diamonds and tune violins or something. I bought her a coffee cup with a photo of me on it. I think that makes an even dozen of em for her. The boy? We got him some of those Pikkachu slippers....
  • A Recap of the News of 1810, here and abroad, in Poetry

    12/27/2017 10:17:37 AM PST · by mairdie · 8 replies
    Henry Livingston Website ^ | 1 January 1811 | Henry Livingston
    News boys would traditionally exchange a poetic summary of the year's news for a tip on New Year's. It was commonly a separately printed sheet, though it would occasionally appear within the newspaper, itself. Henry Livingston wrote these for local New York newspapers between 1787 and 1823. As always, his name is never attached to his work. In these cases, he always used the name of the newsboy.