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"Augur" means "bode" or "portend." A sign can be interpreted as auguring well or ill.


In Ancient Rome, augurs were priests who interpreted future events through the behavior of birds: how they flew, whether in groups or alone, the sounds they made, and the region of the sky they were in. Some birds, such as eagles, were considered more important than others when it came to interpretation, which was known as "taking the auspices."


These priests would use augury to determine whether any major undertaking decided upon in Ancient Rome, public or private, was considered divinely sanctioned. Elections and laws could even be overturned if augural error was found. This meant augurs were very powerful. Since these divinations often took place when public officials were about to take office, this is also where we get inauguration and related words.

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"Jump the gun" -- As in sports that commence when a gun is fired to signal the start of a run, to begin something before the appropriate time.


"Go off half-cocked" -- On flintlock firearms, "the half-cocked hammer was both a rudimentary safety, and the proper position for priming the pan or inserting a percussion cap" (Wiktionary), therefore if the gun went off at half-cock, this would be something done by mistake. While it once meant to be drunk, it now means to do something impulsively with poor preparation.


"Flash in the pan" -- A little more obscure. Flintlocks used a priming pan filled with gunpowder. If the charge wasn't fired properly, smoke was produced, as was a loud noise, but the firearm didn't actually fire. Hence, merely a flash in the pan.

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"Snapshot" refers both to a shot taken quickly by a hunter, and to a quickly taken, informal photograph.

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Charles and Ray Eames were a husband and wife designing dynamite duo, very influential in furniture and architecture in the '40s, '50s, and '60s.

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Mick Jagger and Keith Richards


Mick Jones and Joe Strummer


For their respective bands, wrote and performed some of the greatest rock songs.

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In the world of entertainment, there's Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. Can't brilliantly ballroom dance without a brilliant partner. "Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, except backwards and in high heels." (Bob Thaves) http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Ginger_Rogers

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I believe No Child Left Behind was and is designed to fail (while having an Orwellian, unobjectionable name) because the intention is to drastically undermine public schools, drawing on the power of the moneyed who don't want to make it easier for middle-class and poor children to obtain a quality education as well as the support of the disproportionately influential fringe who believe public education is "one world government" indoctrination and would like to see it disbanded. :-P

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bellaarts' record about adding more merchandise reminded me of Marke's comment on Joe's Winter Collection record in 2013, here: http://www.hitrecord.org/records/1471940/forum


I remember reading some months ago that the socks (and kneesocks; not sure about the hat) might be available in June or July of this year. I read elsewhere in the Town Hall that the box set is going to be available for pre-order on August 12, so I wonder if the socks, kneesocks, hat will be available that day as well...? Or are we waiting for a different season to roll out these items?

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[Information for this item: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2006688915 To the best of my knowledge, this is in the public domain. If I am in error, please delete.]


Circa 1818, this poster advertises the fire-eating act of Madame Girardelli, born in Germany in 1784, known as the "Fire-proof Woman." A sensation in Georgian England, in her act she performed various feats involving the handling of hot lead and red-hot irons, and could supposedly put her hands into a flame without being harmed by the fire.

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