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GUTs, Toes, and a View from the Cosmos

When theoretical cosmologists speak of GUTs and TOEs, they’re not talking about anatomy. GUT is an acronym for Grand Unified Theory and TOE stands for Theory of Everything. These are just two fun facts in the fascinating book The End of...

Apartment Complex Names

Why do subdivisions and office complexes have names invoking landscapes and animals that don’t exist there? A Fort Wayne, Indiana, listener got to wondering about this after passing the “Bay View Apartments” in her hometown: there’s not...

wireline

wireline  adj.— «It will let your computer take advantage of information and services on different kinds of networks, in different brands of computers, on both wireline and wireless media, all over the world.» —“General Magic Inc...

waterbug

waterbug  n.— «When a player (usually a guard) possesses extreme quickness, he is sometimes referred to as a “waterbug.”» —“A microscopic view into the playoffs” by Matt Stroup NBCSports.com Apr. 27, 2007...

self-licking ice cream cone

self-licking ice cream cone  n.— «This is the “self-licking ice cream cone” approach to analyzing results of experiments or exercises: decide what result you want to achieve and then build an event to meet success. This approach, however...

kangroo duck

kangroo duck  n.— «Some rescue scenarios would have benefited from tethered or “kangaroo duck” operations, in which a motorized, inflatable raft is quickly deployed with rescue swimmers.» —“Military Spin: A Military View...