nol' ij, n.
(1) familiarity, understanding, or information
gained by study or experience; (2) the body of truths or
facts accumulated in the course of time
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was trained in medicine but had interests ranging
from optics to sanitation. The Thesaurus
for which he is best known today began as a way
for him to always have an "inventory"
of words to enhance his writings with.
was trained as a classical pianist but gained
fame for his unique blend of superb piano playing
and comedy. His trademarks included repeatedly
being "distracted" while trying to play
a serious piece, making comments to and about the
audience, and playing sheet music
"backwards, sideways, etc."
Crab (Ocypode quadrata)
is so named because its straw to
grayish-white color allows it to practically
disappear into the sand, an effect made even more
possible by its ability to slightly change its
color as needed, as well as by its nocturnal
Frederick Halsey, Jr.
was dubbed "Bull" during the early
stages of World War II, when his naval task force
got close enough to Japan to launch air raids on
the mainland. As Commander of the South Pacific
Theater, he led naval operations at Guadalcanal
and decimated the Japanese Navy at Leyte Gulf.
is the only Major League baseball player to date
to be named Most Valuable Player in both the
National and American Leagues. He is also the
only player ever to hit a fair ball completely
out of Baltimore's Memorial Stadium, and was the
first black manager of a Major League team.
co-created two of the longest-running programs in
broadcast history, "People Are Funny"
and "House Party." It was on the latter
that he debuted a segment called "Kids Say
the Darndest Things," which became one of
the most popular "interview formats" in
radio and television history.
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