"Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power." P. J. O'ROURKE
Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language (1987) defines paradox as ‘1. A statement that seems contradictory, etc. but may be true in fact. 2. A statement that is self-contradictory and, hence, false’.
In the 1920s, Cincinnati, Ohio began to build a subway system. When the Great Depression hit, they abandoned the project.
It has never been completed or filled in, so there are still 3.5 km of abandoned subway tunnels below Ohio.
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Our apologies for the previous tweet claiming some of Churchill's speeches were read out by an actor.
It appears the evidence is murky at best and all Elves responsible will be made to read Winnie the Pooh stories backwards for the rest of the week.
The word ambisinistrous is the opposite of ambidextrous; it means ‘no good with either hand’.
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Indulging in something instantly gratifying at the same time as doing something valuable that provides delayed rewards — e.g. listening to an audiobook of a thriller whilst working out at the gym — is called ‘temptation bundling’.
A ‘libfix’ is a part of a word that’s ‘liberated’ and used to create new words. Libfixes include the ‘gate’ from Watergate (making eg plebgate and partygate); the ‘athon’ in marathon (eg walkathon and telethon); and the ‘licious’ in delicious (eg bootylicious, babelicious).