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Word Art by Steve Garfield, Creative Commons license

Word Art by Steve Garfield, Creative Commons license

Which words entered the English language around the same time you entered the world? Use the  OED birthday word generator to find out! Click the relevant decade at the top of the box and then look to the left to click on your birth year.

Without giving away my birth year (a blogger has to have a few secrets, after all), a few of the words that were born around the same time as me include people-watch and rockumentary.

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Sunday Smiles: Mad Libs

Mad_Libs

Who says Mad Libs are just for kids?  Not me — I love them!  If it’s been forever since you’ve done one, here’s your chance.  Fill in the blanks and click this link to see how it plays out.

  • Synonym for new:
  • Sciencey verb:
  • Noun few people have heard of:
  • Something you didn’t invent:
  • Property (as in Characteristic):
  • Number:
  • Number:
  • Units:
  • Name:
  • Buzzword:
  • Supreme Sociological Concern:
  • Buzzword:
  • Buzzword:
  • Buzzword:

Fun, right?  Right?  We have several books in our collection — check them out today!

 

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Tolkien

Image courtesy of Galaxy fm flickr page.

July 29 of this year marked the 60th anniversary of publication The Fellowship of the Ring.  To mark the occasion, The Guardian posted this quiz to test our knowledge of the man behind Middle Earth.  It’s a tough quiz!  I answered 8 out 10 correctly — how did you do?

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One of my favorite things about this time of year is the arrival of the Perseids.   A couple of years ago, this meteor shower was accompanied by an alignment of Venus and Jupiter.  This year, a super moon will provide the backdrop.  Because the earth and moon will be at their closest, the moon will be 30% brighter than normal.  This may make the meteors a little harder to spot, but I will still be looking!  After all, if I don’t catch a few falling stars, I’ll still get to see a super moon.  Who’s with me?

No telescope is needed; just find a nice, safe spot away from the city lights, spray on some bug repellent, break out that blanket or lawn chair, kick back and enjoy!  While the shower’s peak is supposed to occur just before dawn on the 11th, 12th and 13th, I might try looking as the night falls, when the moon is still low in the sky.  Look to the constellation Perseus, which is just to the left of the Pleiades, the Seven Sisters constellation, in the northeastern portion of the sky.

Not sure you want to stay up until the wee hours of the morning?  Check out this time-lapse video of the Perseids filmed in Joshua Tree National Park in 2010.

 

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grammatically speaking

Okay, you know that I love throwing Which Character Are You quizzes your way — it’s possible that I spend a tad too much time trying to figure myself out.   Nah, it’s just fun!  But let’s change things up a bit this week and test our grammar know-how  — I dare you to take this Grammatically Speaking quiz.  And remember — punctuation saves lives!

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I’m not sure what the countless quizzes making the rounds on Facebook really say about us, but here’s another one.  Answer 20 questions and the quiz will guess whether you’re male or female and what age range you fall under.  From what I’ve seen so far, the results are all over the place.

The quiz did correctly guess that I’m female.  It placed me in my mid-thirties and I won’t complain about that 😉 .  However, it also guessed that I had short blonde hair.  Fail.

Guess Who I Am

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