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Mythical Creatures List, Mythical Creatures a-z A Collection of SciFi & Fantasy e-books A Collection of SciFi & Fantasy e-books Gonna Roll The Bones by Fritz Leiber Dangerous Visions, ed. Harlan Elison, Garden City, NY: Doubleday 1967 By His Bootstraps by Robert A. First publication (pseudonym Anson MacDonald): Astounding Science Fiction (October 1941) The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. First publication 1966 Removed on request of The Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust. The Brains Of Earth by Jack Vance Ace Books, Inc. (1966) Removed on request of John Vance.

It’s Never Too Late To Be What You Might Have Been George Eliot? Adelaide Anne Procter? Apocryphal? Anonymous? Dear Quote Investigator: My favorite quotation about untapped potential and enduring spirit is attributed to the prominent Victorian novelist George Eliot: It is never too late to be what you might have been. This popular saying has been printed on refrigerator magnets, posters, shirts, and key chains. Quote Investigator: George Eliot was the pen name of Mary Ann Evans who died in 1880. The earliest evidence of an exact match known to QI appeared in “Literary News: A Monthly Journal of Current Literature” in 1881. Prize Question No 31. In June 1881 the excerpts submitted by readers were printed in the periodical; however, they were not fully vetted for accuracy. We present herewith the selections made by our readers from the writings of George Eliot. Statement 21 was correct though truncated. A very interesting partial match for the saying appeared earlier in a poem in 1859. Devorgill. Her power is sometimes almost Shakespearian.

Category:English nonce terms Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary » English language » Terms by etymology » Nonce terms English terms that have been invented for a single occasion. The following 200 pages are in this category, out of 236 total. (previous 200) (next 200)(previous 200) (next 200)

French Terms of Endearment French has all kinds of interesting terms of endearment, including a rather odd assortment of barnyard animals. Check out this list of French terms of endearment to use with your loved ones (both romantic and familial). For the most part, these all mean something along the lines of "sweetie," "darling," or "poppet," so I've provided the literal translations as well as a few notes (in parentheses). French love language | Love language quiz | French terms of endearment mon amour my love mon ange my angel mon bébé my baby ma belle my beautiful (informal) ma biche my doe ma bichette my little doe ma caille my quail (informal) mon canard my duck mon chaton my kitten ma chatte my cat (familiar) mon cher, ma chère my dear mon chéri, ma chérie my dearie mon chou my cabbage, my pastry (informal) mon chouchou my favorite, blue-eyed boy/girl, pet* (informal)*as in "teacher's pet" mon cochon my pig mon coco my egg ma cocotte my hen (informal) mon cœur my heart ma fifille my little girl (informal, old-fashioned)

Dad challenging DVLA over right to wear 'religious headgear' in driving licence photo - a colander A madcap dad is challenging the DVLA who have told him to remove his "religious headgear" from his driving licence photo - because it's a colander. Eccentric Ian Harris, 51, is a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster whose followers are known as Pastafarians and revere the pasta strainer as a religious garment. Ian, of Brighton, East Sussex, is fighting for his "right" to wear the metal bowl in his licence photo, which he says is equivalent to Muslim women being pictured in hijabs. How to boost your wifi connection with a simple kitchen colander He has already been turned down once by the government agency but has sent off a fresh photo wearing the headgear and is making a second bid. Dad-of-one Ian said: "I'm fighting for the right to have my religious headgear shown on my photo. "I don't understand the DVLA should be able to discriminate whether my religion is valid. Religious exemptions include the Sikh turban and the Islamic Hijab.

Balrog Award The Balrog Awards were a set of awards given annually from 1979 to 1985 for the best works and achievements of speculative fiction in the previous year. The awards were named after the balrog, a fictional creature from J. R. Awards (By Year)[edit] 1979[edit] Best Novel: Blind Voices, Tom ReamyBest Short Fiction: "Death from Exposure", Pat CadiganBest Collection/Anthology: Born to Exile, Phyllis EisensteinBest Poet: Ray BradburyBest Artist: Tim KirkBest Amateur Publication: ShayolBest Professional Publication: Age of Dreams, Alicia AustinBest Amateur Achievement: Paul C. 1980[edit] 1981[edit] 1982[edit] 1983[edit] 1984[edit] Best Novel: The Armageddon Rag, George R. 1985[edit] See also[edit] References[edit] List of idioms in the English language This is a list of notable idioms in the English language. An idiom is a common word or phrase with a culturally understood meaning that differs from what its composite words' denotations would suggest. For example, an English speaker would understand the phrase "kick the bucket" to mean "to die" – and also to actually kick a bucket. Furthermore, they would understand when each meaning is being used in context. An idiom is not to be confused with other figures of speech such as a metaphor, which invokes an image by use of implicit comparisons (e.g., "the man of steel" ); a simile, which invokes an image by use of explicit comparisons (e.g., "faster than a speeding bullet"); and hyperbole, which exaggerates an image beyond truthfulness (e.g., like "missed by a mile" ). Idioms are also not to be confused with proverbs, which are simple sayings that express a truth based on common sense or practical experience. Visit Wiktionary's Category for over eight thousand idioms. See also[edit] - slangs dictionary - slang meaning - acronym meanings and definitions Cute Overload :D How to Build a Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later First, before I begin to bore you with the usual sort of things science fiction writers say in speeches, let me bring you official greetings from Disneyland. I consider myself a spokesperson for Disneyland because I live just a few miles from it—and, as if that were not enough, I once had the honor of being interviewed there by Paris TV. For several weeks after the interview, I was really ill and confined to bed. I think it was the whirling teacups that did it. Elizabeth Antebi, who was the producer of the film, wanted to have me whirling around in one of the giant teacups while discussing the rise of fascism with Norman Spinrad... an old friend of mine who writes excellent science fiction. The countryside, brown and dry, in summer, where he had lived as a child. This passage probably does not suggest any particular thing to you, except a law posse exacting judgment on someone either guilty or considered guilty. Thrones were set in place and one ancient in years took his seat.

Theophilus of Adana Saint Theophilus the Penitent or Theophilus of Adana (died ca. 538) was an Orthodox cleric in the sixth century Church who is said to have made a deal with the devil to gain an ecclesiastical position. His story is significant as it is the oldest story of a pact with the Devil, and was an inspiration for the Faust legend. His feast day is 4 February. Eutyches, who claimed to be an eyewitness of the events, is the first to record Theophilus’ story. Legend Theophilus was the archdeacon of Adana, Cilicia which is part of modern Turkey. Years later, fearful for his soul, Theophilus repented and prayed to the Virgin for forgiveness. Variations Different retellings of Theophilus’ tale introduce variations of certain details, including: Theophilus’ motivation for pursuing a deal with the devil is simple jealousy.The magician is specifically referred to as a Jew. Possible sources for the legend Importance The Virgin Mary increased in theological importance throughout the 11th century. References

Old Norse Motto Online: Create Life Motto in Old Norse According to a definition, motto is a short expression of a guiding principle. Mottos in ancient languages have always been popular, since they express such principles with authority and wisdom of the ancients. User friendly interface below helps to create online mottoes in Old Norse, the language of the Vikings. Catchy phrases that can be created using this tool may be also interpreted as Viking slogans or even battle cries. Such a motto would adorn a weapon as an inscription or shock enemies when shouted during a reenactment of a Viking battle. 1. 2. 3. from (noun), (noun) E.g.: from suffering , wisdom 4. 5. Based on the Latin motto generator, with the author’s kind permission. Waiver of Liability Keep in mind that computer generated texts should be used with caution for any permanent use like tattoos or engravings.