The civility which money will purchase, is rarely extended to those who have none.
A gentleman wandered around the campus of a college looking
for the library. He approached a student and asked, "Excuse
me, young man. Would you be good enough to tell me where the
library is at?"
The student, in a very arrogant and belittling tone,
replied, "I'm sorry, sir, but at this school, we are taught
never to end a sentence with a preposition!"
The gentleman smiled, and in a very apologetic tone, he
replied, "I beg your pardon. Please allow me to rephrase my
question. Would you be good enough to tell me where the
library is at, dummy?"
1. Pastoral; rustic.
2. Of or relating to a herdsman or a shepherd.
1. A pastoral poem.
2. A farmer; shepherd.
From Greek boukolos (herdsman), from bous (ox). Earliest documented use: 1609. Other words derived from the same animal are bovine, boustrophedon, and hecatomb.
"War Horse tells the story of Joey, a horse raised in the bucolic English countryside who is torn away from his home and sent to France to the battlefields of World War
Word of the Day
Definition: (noun) A woman's very brief bathing suit.
Usage: Kristen changed into her two-piece and drove with her friends down to the beach.
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Woman in the Moon
One of the first serious science fiction movies, Fritz Lang's Woman in the Moon was made with advice from some of Germany's leading rocketry experts. The silent film blends science and melodrama, resulting in a tragic love triangle on a lunar expedition. Created 40 years before the lunar landing, it showed humans breathing unaided on the surface of the moon but was nevertheless remarkably prescient. The film introduced a notable process that is still used in rocketry today. What is it? More... Discuss
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North Korea Agrees to Halt Nuclear Activities
North Korea has agreed to suspend all nuclear activities and stop testing nuclear weapons and long-range missiles in exchange for 240,000 metric tons of US food aid. In addition, North Korea will allow nuclear inspectors from the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency to visit its main nuclear complex. The concessions are an encouraging sign that nuclear tensions in the region could be eased under the leadership of Kim Jong Un and are an important first step along the path to resuming disarmament negotiations. More... Discuss
This Day in History
Yellowstone National Park Established (1872)
Before Ferdinand Hayden's extensive geological exploration of the Yellowstone area in 1871, many doubted the stories of prior European explorers describing a remarkable landscape dotted with geysers and boiling springs. Paintings and photographs from Hayden's expedition helped convince Congress to make Yellowstone the US's first national park, and it now draws millions of visitors each year. Why do park officials refrain from extinguishing wildfires that pose no immediate threat to human life? More... Discuss
Alton Glenn Miller (1904)
Miller was an American jazz trombonist and bandleader. A freelance musician in New York City in the 1930s, he formed his own big band in 1938. It soon became one of swing's most popular groups, known for hits such as "In the Mood" and "Moonlight Serenade." During World War II, he joined the military and became leader of the US Air Force band. In 1944, while flying from England to Paris, his plane disappeared under mysterious circumstances, and Miller was never found. What might have