“Tapping into your intuition is a critical part of writing, or indeed of thinking. Finding just the right word for a given thought is rarely a matter of rational choice: rather it seems almost to suggest itself, its own peculiar welter of connotations and associations emerging as a match to those surrounding the thought to be expressed. Often you cannot ... say why it is the right word. It just is.”
– From “Losing longhand breaks link to the past” at nationalpost.comWhy is the surface of Mars bathed in a lethal dose of radiation every time the sun rises?“Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.” – James Thurber“Do we not deserve democracy, aren't we worth anything? It's the first time I've seen that the army shoots at us with weapons they bought with the taxes I paid.” – Alaa el-Saim, a retired army engineer in Egypt, on the shooting by troops at pro-Morsi protesters.Because the planet lacks an ozone layer.accrete (uh-KREET), v. – to grow together; adhere (usually followed by to); to add, as by growth, as in: “It is not possible to sit through a council meeting without accreting bad feelings.” A back formation of the noun accretion, from the Latin accrescere, “to grow.”On this date in 1568, the dean of St. Paul's Cathedral perfected a way to bottle beer; good man! In 1898, Guglielmo Marconi patented the radio; say thank you, Mr. Limbaugh. In 1969, Russia launched an unmanned rocket to the moon; ha, ha, ha, beat you there!I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Then it dawned on me.Dogs have three eyelids. The third lid, called a nictitating membrane or “haw,” keeps the eye lubricated and protected.