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Definition: (verb) To talk idly and at length; chatter.
Synonyms:blabber, palaver, piffle, prattle
Usage:I know the age better than you do, though you will prate about it so tediously. Discuss.

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The Mysterious Boulders of Moeraki

The unusually large, spherical Moeraki Boulders that dot a stretch of Koekohe Beach in New Zealand have been the subject of attention since prehistoric times. They range in size from .5 to 2.2 m (1.5 to 6.7 ft) in diameter and are composed of mud, fine-silt, and clay, and are cemented by calcite. Centuries of coastal erosion have exhumed these septarian concretions from the mudstone enclosing them. How many millions of years did it take for the larger Moeraki Boulders to form? More... Discuss

This Day in History


Louis B. Mayer Opens His First Movie Theater (1907)

Born in Russia, Mayer immigrated to Canada and then the US with his family and began working in his father's scrap-iron business at 14. At 23, he bought a small nickelodeon in Massachusetts, and by the time he reached his mid-30s, he owned New England's largest movie theater chain. In 1925, he merged his film production company with others to form Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which, under his leadership, became Hollywood's most prestigious studio. Mayer aspired to have "more stars than" what? More... Discuss

Today's Birthday


Friedrich Engels (1820)

With Karl Marx, Engels was one of the founders of modern Communism. After forming a partnership to promote the socialist movement, the two organized revolutionary movements and collaborated on several works, most notably the Communist Manifesto. Though Marx's personality has overshadowed that of Engels, Engels served as the foremost authority on Marx and Marxism after Marx's death in 1883. Despite his criticism of capitalism, Engels supported Marx's publications by doing what? More... Discuss

Quotation of the Day

I made up my mind long ago that life was too short to do anything for myself that I could pay others to do for me.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) Discuss


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Today's Holiday


Chitlin' Strut

The Chitlin' Strut is a feast of chitlins, or chitterlings (hog intestines), held in the small town of Salley, South Carolina. The affair features a "hawg-calling" contest, country music, arts and crafts, a parade, lots of chitlins (about 8,000 pounds are devoured each year), and chicken for those not enamored of chitlins. Chitlins are prepared by cleaning them well, boiling them until they are tender, and then, after coating them in egg and crumbs, frying them in deep fat until they're crackling crisp. More... Discuss