Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Abraxas
 
Definition: (n)
 
1) gem engraved with mystical word and bearing human-animal figure
 
2) a word of unknown significance found on charms, especially amulets, of the late Greco-Roman world and linked with both Gnostic beliefs and magical practices by the early church fathers.

Fun Fact of the Day

Fun Fact of the Day: Our retinas contain two types of light sensitive cells, rods and cones. The rods are used to detect light intensity and brightness while the cones are responsible for color vision. We have three types of cones capable of recognizing red, green and blue. These are the primary colors, and combining any two will give us the secondary colors of green, cyan and magenta. All these hues in different combinations and intensities give us the many colors that we know and see every day.

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Rückkehrunruhe
 
Definition: (n)
 
1) the feeling of returning home after an immersive trip only to find it fading rapidly from your awareness—to the extent you have to keep reminding yourself that it happened at all, even though it felt so vivid just days ago

Quote of the Day

The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
 
John W. Gardner

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Kenopsia
 
Definition: (n)
 
1) the eerie, forlorn atmosphere of a place that’s usually bustling with people but is now abandoned and quiet—a school hallway in the evening, an unlit office on a weekend, vacant fairgrounds