Articles by: Sal Conforto

Whose Birthday Is It? December 7, 2018

Whose Birthday Is It? December 7, 2018

Gerard Peter Kuiper (1905) The “father of modern planetary science,” Dutch-American astronomer Gerard Kuiper made many discoveries about the solar system, among them the presence of a methane atmosphere around Saturn’s satellite Titan and a carbon dioxide-rich one on Mars […]

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Quote of the Day: December 7, 2018

Quote of the Day: December 7, 2018

All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one Workman; and however we deceive ourselves, as dear unto God is the poor peasant as the mighty prince. Plato (427 BC-347 BC)  

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Word of the Day: December 7, 2018

Word of the Day: December 7, 2018

self-aggrandizement Definition: (noun) The act or practice of enhancing or exaggerating one’s own importance, power, or reputation. Synonyms: ego trip Usage: The speaker encouraged bursts of applause from the crowd, which many suspected was merely a form of self-aggrandizement.  

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Whose Birthday Is It? December 6, 2018

Whose Birthday Is It? December 6, 2018

Henry VI of England (1421) Henry VI became king of England when he was not yet nine months old. That same year, the English proclaimed the infant the successor to the French throne, but France did not recognize this. The […]

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Quote of the Day: December 6, 2018

Quote of the Day: December 6, 2018

One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him. Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)  

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Word of the Day: December 6, 2018

Word of the Day: December 6, 2018

wirework Definition: (noun) Mesh netting made of wires. Synonyms: grillwork Usage: His white mice live in a little pagoda of gaily-painted wirework, designed and made by himself. Discuss.  

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Whose Birthday Is It? December 5, 2018

Whose Birthday Is It? December 5, 2018

Christina Rossetti (1830) Christina Rossetti was one of England’s most important female poets of the Victorian era. It is little wonder that she became a poet, given her lineage. Her great-grandfather was a poet, her grandfather was a writer and […]

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Quote of the Day: December 5, 2018

Quote of the Day: December 5, 2018

A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing. Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)  

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Word of the Day: December 5, 2018

Word of the Day: December 5, 2018

ascendancy Definition: (noun) The state that exists when one person or group has power over another. Synonyms: dominance, control Usage: Thanks to widespread governmental corruption and instability, the extremists are gaining ascendancy in the region. Discuss.  

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Whose Birthday Is It? December 3, 2018

Whose Birthday Is It? December 3, 2018

Ellen Richards (1842) A Vassar graduate and the first woman admitted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology—”it being understood that her admission did not establish a precedent for the general admission of females”—chemist Ellen Richards was one of the US’s […]

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Quote of the Day: December 3, 2018

Quote of the Day: December 3, 2018

One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other. Jane Austen (1775-1817)  

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Word of the Day: December 3, 2018

Word of the Day: December 3, 2018

philology Definition: (noun) The humanistic study of language and literature. Synonyms: linguistics Usage: Another master had come, with a degree of doctor of philology from the University of Heidelberg…to teach French to the upper forms and German to anyone who […]

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Quote of the Day: November 30, 2018

Quote of the Day: November 30, 2018

Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper. Francis Bacon (1561-1626)  

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Word of the Day: November 30, 2018

Word of the Day: November 30, 2018

unreasoning Definition: (adjective) Not based on reason or evidence. Synonyms: blind Usage: After the funeral, when he saw her preparing to go away, he was seized with an unreasoning dread of being left alone on the farm; and before he […]

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Whose Birthday Is It? November 29, 2018

Whose Birthday Is It? November 29, 2018

Mildred Gillars, AKA Axis Sally (1900) Mildred Sisk was born in Portland, Maine, but went to Europe in the 1920s, changed her name, and by 1934 was an English-language radio broadcaster in Berlin. During World War II, she broadcast Nazi […]

by · November 29, 2018 · Bulletin Board