"Early 17th century: back-formation from eavesdropper (late Middle English) ‘a person who listens from under the eaves,’ from the obsolete noun eavesdrop ‘the ground onto which water drips from the eaves,’ probably from Old Norse upsardropi, from ups ‘eaves’ + dropi ‘a drop.’"
Basically, before gutters, roofs had wide eaves so that rain would fall away from the walls of the house. That area was called the eavesdrop. These wide eaves provided an ample amount of cover for those wishing to listen in on conversations.
"Early 16th century: originally an epithet for a follower of John Duns Scotus (Duns Scotus, John), whose followers were ridiculed by 16th-century humanists and reformers as enemies of learning."
Basically, John Duns Scotus was one of the great scholars of the middle ages. He gained a lot of students through his teachings, but when more modern theories became prominent, those who held onto Duns' teaching were ridiculed for not moving with the times. So these students became Dunces.
So Watson and Crick wrote the first article about the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA. Because of their article, it made a huge impact on genetics and the understanding the genetic code.
INT. NIGHT, STUDY
Gertrude and Stan enter the study, breathlessly kissing each other. It's dark inside, the only light coming in through the window from the moon.
Gertrude moans as Stan presses her up against a bookshelf. It's then that the smell hits them like a ton of bricks.
GERTRUDE: Stan, what in the world - are you gassy again? It was my mama's bean and cheese casserole tonight, wasn't it?
Stan gags at the smell.
STAN: What? No! I steered clear of it. You know how much I hate step-mama's food.
GERTRUDE (Forgetting about the smell for a second): Oh Stan, tell me again how we're stepsiblings and we're totally in love and totally keeping it a secret from everybody!
STAN: Well, I wouldn't say we're in love -
GERTRUDE: Shut up and take me!
They start making out again against the bookshelf.
And then they hear someone clapping in the dark corner of the room.
FRANKLIN: Well, well, well...
Gertrude and Stan gasp, instantly recognizing the voice. They both turn to look at the dark corner in shock. Franklin lights a cigarette, the match revealing a gruesome face but only for a second.
FRANKLIN: How long was that, Gertrude? Only a week after the funeral before you sunk your teeth into my brother?
GERTRUDE: You're - you're - you're supposed to be dead!
STAN: We buried you!
FRANKLIN: Not well enough, apparently.
STAN: What the hell are you doing here?!
Stan steps inbetween his brother and their step-sister.
GERTRUDE: And what the hell is that smell?!
FRANKLIN: I remember the days when it was me sneaking away with you to the study.
Stan turns to Gertrude in shock.
STAN: You were sleeping with my brother?!
Gertrude half shrugs.
GERTRUDE: You were on that secret mission for the army, how was I suppose to know you'd be back?
STAN: A secret mission for the army, is that what he told you?
Stan turns back to Franklin.
GERTRUDE: Who cares about the secret mission? What the hell is that smell?
FRANKLIN: That smell would be me.
Franklin turns on a lamp. Or rather, zombie Franklin turns on a lamp. Gertrude and Stan jump in horror when Franklin reveals the rotting flesh of his face.
GERSTUDE and STAN: You're a zombie!
ANNOUNCER VO: Next week on ZOMBIES OF OUR LIVES...what will Stan and Gertrude do now that Franklin is back? WHO brought Franklin back from the dead? Whose brain will Franklin eat first? Did anyone else get gassy from Mama's bean and cheese casserole?
One word: paintball.
Two people, decked out in paintball gear, are the only people left on their team and they both know they don't have much ammo left. So instead of running around and wasting their last paintballs, them and their teams suggest having a stand-off. Back to back, ten paces, and then they turn around and shoot each other.
The other day I went to an art gallery and asked if I could purchase the portrait of the woman with the hollow eyes and disturbed expression about her face.
I was told that was a mirror.