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Galega officinalis - Wikipedia
Plant that was the origin of metformin. Also called "goat's rue."
diabetes  drugs  pharmaceuticals  medicine  metformin  history  botany  wikipedia 
5 weeks ago by ignatz
Turnspit dog - Wikipedia
The Turnspit dog was a short-legged, long-bodied dog bred to run on a wheel, called a turnspit or dog wheel, to turn meat
dogs  wikipedia 
november 2019 by ignatz
Sarooj - Wikipedia
Sarooj is a traditional water-resistant mortar used in Iranian architecture,[1][2] used in the construction of bridges,[3] and ice pits or earth refrigerators (yakhchal).[4]
construction  wikipedia  materials  engineering  iran  history 
september 2019 by ignatz
Hatnote Listen to Wikipedia
wikpedia's recent searchs live and w/audio
wikipedia  visualization  dataviz  live  search 
september 2019 by ignatz
Lucky iron fish - Wikipedia
iron object in pan helps with deficiencies
nutrition  health  iron  poverty  aid  wikipedia 
january 2019 by ignatz
Timeline of Russian innovation - Wikipedia
very odd list of russian innovations, starting with baked milk
wikipedia  russia  history  technology  wtf 
november 2018 by ignatz
Impossible color - Wikipedia
Impossible colors or forbidden colors are supposed colors that cannot be perceived in normal seeing of light that is a combination of various intensities of the various frequencies of visible light, but are reported to be seen in special circumstances.
color  wikipedia 
july 2018 by ignatz
Calque - Wikipedia
Calque is a loan tranalation, word forword. Calque itself is a loanword. Loanword it a calque from German.
linguistics  language  ha  loanword  wikipedia 
february 2018 by ignatz
Oxbow lake - Wikipedia
An oxbow lake is a U shaped body of water that forms when a wide meander from the main stem of a river is cut off, creating a free-standing body of water
nature  geography  water  rivers  wikipedia 
february 2018 by ignatz
Ghost word - Wikipedia
A ghost word is a word published in a dictionary or similarly authoritative reference work, having rarely, if ever, been used in practice, and hitherto having been meaningless.
language  wtf  wikipedia 
february 2018 by ignatz
Metamaterial - Wikipedia
A metamaterial (from the Greek word μετά meta, meaning "beyond") is a material engineered to have a property that is not found in nature.
wikipedia  materials  engineering 
november 2016 by ignatz
Isogloss - Wikipedia
the geographic boundary of a certain linguistic feature, such as the pronunciation of a vowel, the meaning of a word, or the use of some syntactic feature.
linguistics  language  geography  wikipedia 
november 2016 by ignatz
Low-background steel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Low-background steel is any steel produced prior to the detonation of the first atomic bombs in the 1940s and 1950s.
nuclear  wikipedia  metallurgy  history 
december 2015 by ignatz
Vexations - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The piece bears the inscription "In order to play the theme 840 times in succession, it would be advisable to prepare oneself beforehand, and in the deepest silence, by serious immobilities"
music  wikipedia  satie 
september 2015 by ignatz
Name day - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The celebration of a day associated with someone's name.
wikipedia  holidays  onomastico 
may 2015 by ignatz
Bus factor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In software development, the bus factor is the number of key developers who would need to be incapacitated to make a project unable to proceed.
wikipedia  software  projects  risk  busrisk 
march 2015 by ignatz
Munchy box - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It consists of an assortment of fast foods served in a large pizza box.
food  wikipedia  scotland  death 
march 2015 by ignatz
Vinho Verde - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Vinho Verde is a Portuguese wine that originated in the historic Minho province in the far north of the country. Vinho Verde is not a grape varietal. The name literally means "green wine," but translates as "young wine", as opposed to mature wine.
wikipedia  wine  portugal 
march 2015 by ignatz
Alice and Bob - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Alice and Bob are two commonly used placeholder names. They are used for archetypal characters in fields such as cryptography and physics
wikipedia  cryptography 
march 2015 by ignatz
Qattara Depression Project - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The proposals call for a large canal or tunnel being excavated of about 55 to 80 kilometres (34 to 50 mi) depending on the route chosen to the Mediterranean Sea to bring seawater into the area."
wikipedia  engineering  failure  no 
march 2015 by ignatz
Hyperforeignism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A hyperforeignism is a non-standard language form resulting from an attempt to apply the rules of a foreign language to a loan word (for example, the application of the rules of one language to a word borrowed from another) or, occasionally, a word believe
language  wikipedia  hyperforeignism 
february 2015 by ignatz
Richard McCoy, Jr. - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Airplanes, garbage trucks, whatever it takes to get away from John Law
crime  wikipedia 
february 2015 by ignatz
Cebrennus rechenbergi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It inhabits the sand dunes of the Erg Chebbi desert where if provoked or threatened it can escape by doubling its normal walking speed using forward or backward flips similar to acrobatic flic-flac movements used by gymnasts
wikipedia  spiders  boing 
november 2014 by ignatz
Project design flood - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The project design flood is a hypothetical "maximum probable" flood of the Mississippi River used by the United States Army Corps of Engineers to aid in the design and execution of flood protection in the Mississippi Valley.
disaster  flood  wikipedia 
april 2014 by ignatz
Cache stampede - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A cache stampede is a type of cascading failure that can occur when massive parallel computing systems with caching mechanisms come under very high load. This behaviour is sometimes also called dog-piling.
technology  computers  software  caching  failure  wikipedia 
january 2014 by ignatz
Lonnie Frisbee - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
good wikipedia article on Jesus Movement preacher who died of AIDS
wikipedia  oc  orangecounty  christian  jesusmovement  lgbt 
december 2013 by ignatz
Jack Unterweger - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Murderer released, becomes journalist about murder, continues to murder
murder  journalism  wikipedia  serialkillers  christwhatanasshole 
october 2013 by ignatz
Pseudoarchaeology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Pseudoarchaeology — also known as alternative archaeology, fringe archaeology, fantastic archaeology, or cult archaeology — refers to interpretations of the past from outside of the academic archaeological community, which typically also reject the accepted scientific and analytical methods of the discipline.
science  pseudoscience  psychoceramics  wikipedia 
october 2013 by ignatz
Cheroot - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The cheroot or stogie is a cylindrical cigar with both ends clipped during manufacture.
wikipedia  tobacco  cigars  history 
march 2013 by ignatz
Judenporzellan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Raising money by forcing Jews to buy substandard crockery.
germany  jews  antisemitism  failure  porcelain  wikipedia 
march 2013 by ignatz
Aposiopesis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
a figure of speech wherein a sentence is deliberately broken off and left unfinished, the ending to be supplied by the imagination, giving an impression of unwillingness or inability to continue
language  rhetoric  wikipedia 
february 2013 by ignatz
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