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Old 02-24-12, 11:05 AM   #1
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The foo word of the day.

Mine is Spaghettification, what's yours?

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In astrophysics, spaghettification (sometimes referred to as the noodle effect) is the vertical stretching and horizontal compression of objects into long thin shapes (rather like spaghetti) in a very strong gravitational field, and is caused by extreme tidal forces. In the most extreme cases, near black holes, the stretching is so powerful that no object can withstand it, no matter how strong its components. Within a small region the horizontal compression balances the vertical stretching so that small objects being spaghettified experience no net change in volume.

In his book A Brief History of Time (1988), Stephen Hawking describes the flight of a fictional astronaut who, passing within a black hole's event horizon, is "stretched like spaghetti" by the gravitational gradient (difference in strength) from head to toe. However, the term "spaghettification" was established well before this; Nigel Calder, for example, uses it in his book The Key to the Universe: A Report on the New Physics (Viking Press, 1977), a companion to a one-off BBC TV documentary: The Key to the Universe.
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Does that make meatballs the black hole?

I will choose "presentity," an entity that provides presence information for communication purposes (e.g., buddy lists for IM).
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I was hoping it would be Discombobulation.
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My word for the day is "bonus," as in "performance bonus."
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Minger.

Lordy! The new guy is a real minger, ain't he? Bless his heart.
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I learned a new word yesterday in the 41. Bidon.
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Isn't an Italian slum called a spaghetto?
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I learned a new word yesterday in the 41. Bidon.
Well, it could use a bidet right now.
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my word of the day has been font.
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Thank You. I guess I fat fingered it somehow. I ran into this term while looking of the word lemniscate which describes the shape we know as the infinity symbol.
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It's always Beer:thirty up there eh?
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It's hemiola today. This is a better example of the term if you ask me.
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This thread is geeky to a zenzizenzizenzic
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