Groucho Marx

“Please forgive me for not writing sooner. I’ve been so busy not writing to other people that I couldn’t get around to not writing you in time.”

Too Young To Rock

How old was Brenda Lee when she recorded “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”?

You Can Bet On It

666 is sometimes referred to as the “Number of the Beast,” which arose from the cryptic reference in the Book of Revelation (13:17–18) (the Textus Receptus manuscripts of the New Testament) that this number is “man’s number” or “the number of a man.”  Today, the number is often used and widely recognized as a symbol for the devil (the Antichrist).  That said, in China, the number is often considered lucky.

For those betting folks in the audience, 666 is the sum of all the numbers (0 through 36) on a roulette wheel and for you linguists reading this, the fear of 666 or the digits 6-6-6 is known as hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia.

Woodrow Wilson

“If you want to make enemies, try to change something.”

Tincture of Dry Ice?

Carbon dioxide (dry ice) sublimes directly from a solid into a gas, as does crystalline Iodine.  In fact, if the temperature never rises above the freezing point, water in the form of ice, will also sublime and eventually an ice cube, left alone in a freezer will ‘disappear’.  The opposite of sublimation is ‘deposition’ which refers to the transformation of a gas directly into a solid without becoming a liquid.  It’s pretty rare in nature, but when ice crystals form on your window, even when it isn’t raining or snowing, that’s deposition (or when a lawyer takes your testimony – that’s truly cold!!).

Louis D. Brandeis

“Fear of serious injury alone cannot justify oppression of free speech and assembly.  Men feared witches and burnt women.  It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.”

Transformative . . It’s Elementary

What is the term for the transformation of a solid, directly into a gaseous state?

Bonus, name one or more substances (elements or compounds) that does this naturally.

Double Wedding Trivia

In 1991, in real life, Wayne Allwine, the voice of Mickey Mouse, married Russi Taylor, the voice of Minnie Mouse.

Poet’s Corner

On May 31, 1819, one of the greatest American poets, Walt Whitman, was born. A native New Yorker, Whitman grew up in Brooklyn and became the editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle External. Over time he started experimenting with poetry without a regular rhythm or rhyme – now referred to as ‘free verse.’ His famous poem Leaves of Grass was first published anonymously in 1855, but he kept revising and enlarging the poem – the final, ninth edition was published in 1892, the year Walt Whitman died.
P.S. Walt Whitman shares a birth date (but not the same year) with Clint Eastwood.