Wednesday, November 26, 2014
This is entry #3 of the C.A.N. World Factbook, the only reliable source for international information that's also chocked full of terrible jokes. Today, we are looking at the most humble, unassuming country on Earth: Canada. So how about we knock them down a notch or two? From its rich history, to its wide landscape, to its funny pronunciation of words, I have a lot of material to work with. And I don't even mention Justin Bieber! You're welcome.
C.A.N. World Factbook: Canada
Sunday, November 16, 2014
The word of the day is defenestrate:
What does this have to do with history, you ask? Well, would you believe me if I told you that a major war actually started in Europe because some guys got defenestrated? It's true, I swear it! In 1618, the growing conflict between Catholics and Protestants in Bohemia (present-day Czech Republic) actually led to a situation where local noblemen threw their king's representatives out of a third-story window (fig.1). This allowed the bubbling religious pot to boil over, and Europe would be at war for the next thirty years during the Thirty Years War. The Defenestration of Prague is great not only because it's an awesome historical event, but it gives us the opportunity to learn some vocabulary as well! Please don't throw me out of a window for that!
de·fen·es·trate (dē-ˌfe-nə-ˈstrāt), verb
definition: to throw a person or thing out of a window
Origin: de- + Latin fenestra (window)
Used in a sentence: I couldn't help but defenestrate my little sister after she put lipstick on my G.I. Joes!
|Fig.1: "This is the last time we book the conference |
room on the top floor!"
Saturday, November 8, 2014
|Fig.1: "Turn around, the revolt is|