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Definition: (noun) A power tool used for sanding wood; a loop of sandpaper is moved at high speed by an electric motor.
Usage:After tearing up the old carpeting, they used a sander to smooth the splintered hardwood floor. Discuss.

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Rock, Paper, Scissors

Rock, Paper, Scissors (RPS) is a hand game, often played by children, that is used as a selection method similar to drawing straws. Though seemingly random, an experienced and attentive player can sometimes recognize the behavior patterns of other players and use this knowledge to his advantage. The game involves 3 hand gestures, each representing rock, paper, or scissors. Each gesture beats one of the other two. In 2006, US Federal Judge Gregory Presnell used RPS to settle a court dispute; how? More... Discuss

This Day in History


Supernova 1604 First Observed (1604)

A supernova is a rare celestial phenomenon involving the explosion of a star, resulting in an extremely bright, short-lived object that emits vast amounts of energy. The last supernova to be observed in the Milky Way was seen in 1604 by Johannes Kepler and was used by Galileo, at his trial, as evidence against the presupposition that the universe never changes. Visible to the naked eye, it was brighter at its peak than any other star in the night sky. How far from Earth was this supernova? More... Discuss

Today's Birthday


Guillermo del Toro (1964)

Del Toro is an Academy Award-nominated Mexican filmmaker whose films often explore the darker elements of fantasy and reflect his fascination with "insects, clockwork, monsters, dark places, and unborn things." His most acclaimed films to date, Pan's Labyrinth and The Devil's Backbone, both feature children living under authoritarian rule while facing frightening supernatural entities and have been compared with what film, considered to be the finest Spanish film of the 1970s? More... Discuss

Quotation of the Day

Plagiarists are always suspicious of being stolen from.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) Discuss


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n. The process of making a substance temporarily or permanently magnetic, as by insertion in a magnetic field
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Today's Holiday


Leif Erikson Day

Some historians believe that the viking explorer Leif Ericson landed in North America 488 years before Columbus sailed into the New World. Members of the Leif Erikson Association chose October 9 to commemorate this event because the first Norwegian emigrants landed in America on October 9, 1825. In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed this as Leif Erikson Day. States with large Norwegian-American populations often hold observances on this day, as do members of the Sons of Norway, the Leif Erikson Society, and other Norwegian-American organizations. More... Discuss