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I Love Being Random!

If you skim through the news, you realize that it is just random and usually not good news. Sometimes the stories are just good stories. Sometimes you just see things and say “that’s right” because it is.

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For this blog, I just thought that I would randomly throw some news at you. After last night’s State of the Union address… are you ready?

Speaking of State of the Union, were you humored with the misspellings of the invitations? (NY Times) “State of the Uniom.” That is classic! I remember when the Washington Nationals made a mistake on their shirts that said Washington Natinals. I still call them the Natinals!

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It just makes me laugh.

Here’s some news from the department of irony. From PilotOnline comes a story of a doughnut robber, who had previously won a police donut-eating contest. If he had only stolen the donuts!

And finally, I find this story to be a head-shaker. The Professor and the Madman! Have you ever thought about how the Oxford Dictionary was written? Probably not. But here is some background that might make you look at it differently.

Professor James Murray was the credited editor of the Oxford English Dictionary  Dr. William Chester Minor, an American surgeon who had served in the Civil War, was considered one of the most prolific contributors to the dictionary.

He sent thousands of unsolicited hand-written quotations from his home. But, they could not get him to come to the location where the Dictionary was being put together.

Finally, Professor Murray decided to meet him. It was then that Murray would finally learn the truth about Minor. Not only was Minor an amazing wordsmith… he was also an insane murderer who was locked up in Broadmoor.

At that time, Broadmoor was considered as England’s harshest asylum for criminals and dangerous lunatics.  As it was later described… The Professor and the Madman is the unforgettable story of criminal madness and genius that contributed to one of the greatest literary achievements. The Oxford English Dictionary. And as Paul Harvey would say… Now you know the rest of the story!

And finally for our pic o’ day… this one is a thought-provoker!

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