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A list that begins with a commonly known (but incomplete) acronym (LGBTTQQIAP+) and continues in alphabetical order afterward.
- •LesbianA female homosexual.
- •GayA term that primarily refers to a homosexual person (especially to gay males).
- •BisexualA romantic attraction to both males and females or to people of any sex or gender identity (the latter aspect sometimes termed pansexuality).
- •"May the force be with you" - Jan Dodonna (A New Hope)
- •"D'oh" - Homer Simpson (The Simpsons)
- •"I'll be back" - Terminator (The Terminator)
- 1.The Pigeon - 350 BCArchytas Tarentum invents a mechanical bird propelled by steam.
- 2.Water Clocks - 200 BCCtesibus of Alexandria invented the first clocks that moved using the force of water falling at a constant rate. It was a huge advancement from using hourglasses.
- 3.Leonardo's Robot - 1495Leonardo DaVinci develops a mechanized armored knight that moves like a human.
Some people make horrible decisions, others are bad presidents, a few are bloodthirsty, many are extremists, and the below folks are a roll call for the worst perpetrators of our time.
- 1.Mao Zedong (49-79 million deaths)A Chinese revolutionary, political theorist, and communist leader who led the People's Republic of China. His social programs the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution were two of the most ill fated and poorly named government initiatives in history. His policies and political purges from 1949 to 1976 caused the deaths of 49-78 million people.
- 2.Jozef Stalin (23 million deaths)The first Secretary of the Communist Party from 1922-1954. After Lenin's death in 1924 he became the leader of the Soviet Union. Stalin didn't take long in launching a new economic program that stunted food production so badly it cased massive famine across the nation. In Ukraine this dark period is know as Holodomor. In the 1930s he launched the Great Purge (aka the Great Terror). It was a campaign to kill all who opposed him.
- 3.Adolf Hitler (17 million deaths)The leader of the Nazi Party, and absolute dictator of Germany from 1934 to 1945, he gained support by promoting German nationalism and anti-semitic values. The man was power hungry, hated Jews, and wanted hegemony of Europe. His Nazi forces in World War II were responsible for the murder of as many as 17 million civilians, an estimated 6 million of whom were Jews, and 1.5 million Romanis.
It's easy to accept all the games we played were normal, the songs we sang were catchy, and we were taught history accurately...
- •Ring Around the RosieThis seemingly innocuous song is about the Black Death, and could have its roots back in the mid-fourteenth century. The symptoms of the plague were circular swellings — the ring. "Pocket full of posies" is the equivalent of modern day Febreze. And the final act "ashes to ashes" is in reference to mass cremation of bodies.
- •HangmanThe stakes for not guessing a word is hanging someone else.
- •Rabbit's FeetKill a rabbit, amputate its foot, keep it on your body, and you'll have good luck.
This year has had some real highs and lows. One day I feel great and the next day I get kidney punched. Here are a few things smart people said that helped me stay balanced, all in a specific order — like a mixtape for life.
- •Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway. - Earl Nightingale
- •You don't have to control your thoughts; you just have to stop letting them control you. - Dan Millman
- •Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened. - Dr. Seuss
Here's to the unhappiest misfits to grace the pages of comics and cartoons.
- 1.Eeyore - Winnie the PoohThe original debbie downer. His catchphrase is the disheartening, "Thanks for noticin' me."
- 2.Meg - Family GuyIt seems like the entire population of Quahog despises her for no reason other than simply existing.
- 3.Fiver - Watership DownThis poor little guy has the unique ability to see the coming death of his friends. You'd be messed up too.
- 1.The Internet - Tim Berners-Lee (1990)It's the reason we're all here.
- 2.Computer - John Atanasoff & Clifford Berry (1942)For at least 10 hours a day, every day. I'm really not sure what I would do without this.
- 3.Ballpoint Pen - Ladislo Biro (1938)
The life of the data roaming vagabond is one most of us engage in at some point during the week. You're in a park, coffee shop, whatever. The shiny little device in your hand is trying to find out how to get on the internet, and there's dozens of amazingly named routers. Here are a few I've come upon that made me chuckle.
- •This DiGiorno's pizza is as good as delivery
- •That's too much bacon
- •Hey, nice Crocs