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The Middle English definition of the word "nice" (c. 1250-1300) was "foolish or stupid." It came from the Old French word "nice," which meant "careless, clumsy; weak; poor, needy; simple, stupid, silly, foolish." The Latin origin is nescius: "ignorant, unaware, not knowing." By 1769, the word had come to mean "agreeable, delightful."

The strongest recorded earthquake happened in Chile in 1960. The magnitude 9.5 tremor killed more than 5,000 people.

Whistling at and cat-calling women usually has the opposite effect.

A study in the Journal of Environmental Psychology showed that pedestrians using GPS to explore a city took longer to get places and made more errors than those using paper maps.

Stephen Stills made an unsuccessful bid to become one of the Mon­kees. He was turned down, not due to any lack of ability, but because of a conflict with his existing music publishing contract. So instead, he recommended his friend, multi-instrumentalist Peter Tork.

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the good eye

letters at 3am

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  • That Word 'Oligarchy'

    Oligarchy is upon us, claw and beak, and has been for some time

    Thu., July 10, 2014

  • Oligarchy Blues

    Without fair elections and a viable legislative process at federal and state levels, the republic no longer exists

    Thu., June 26, 2014

the common law

the luv doc

  • Getting Good Gigs

    Have a band. Play music. Enjoy it. Nerd the fuck out.

    Tue., Aug. 5, 2014

  • Girl Farts

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    Wed., July 30, 2014

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after a fashion

  • June 28, 2013

    Your Style Avatar would look great sporting these parasols
  • June 21, 2013

    Stephen's got a brand new bag, and it has some local landmarks on it
  • June 14, 2013

    Is this a turn of the page or an entire new chapter?