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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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    Spoooooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnn.
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    My word for the day is "bonus," as in "performance bonus."
    Good timing. I just bought another bike.
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    Minger.

    Lordy! The new guy is a real minger, ain't he? Bless his heart.
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    If I gotta look up words, it's not worth my time.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by dstrong View Post
    I learned a new word yesterday in the 41. Bidon.
    Well, it could use a bidet right now.
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    If I gotta look up words, it's not worth my time.

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    my word of the day has been font.
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

    Quote Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toddles View Post
    If I gotta look up words, it's not worth my time.

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    my word of the day is beer
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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
    "The requested URL /Hippopede was not found on this server"

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    Quote Originally Posted by skijor View Post
    "The requested URL /Hippopede was not found on this server"
    Here you go.

    Hippopede
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

    Quote Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

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    Obamatrocity (Urban Dictionary)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    Here you go.

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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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    pudding
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    Quote Originally Posted by Closed Office View Post
    my word of the day is beer
    Great choice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by colorider View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Closed Office View Post
    my word of the day is beer
    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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