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Definition of the Day 12-17-17 (Reform)

REFORM, n. 1) Formerly, a measure designed to improve something already in existence, as in “The reform broadened Medicare coverage”; 2) Currently, a measure designed to worsen or eliminate something already in existence, as in “Tax Reform” and “A shotgun blast to the head reformed the recipient’s life expectancy.” 24 more words


The Oxoxoco Bottle

By Gerald Kersh

The fact that the intensely red color of the glaze on the Oxoxoco Bottle is due to the presence in the clay of certain uranium salts is of no importance. 10,340 more words

Short Story

Graphic Definition of the Day 12-1-17 (Bootlicking)

BOOTLICKING, ger.  A popular American mass participation sport which is rapidly displacing baseball as the national pastime.

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– definition (not photo) from the revised and expanded edition of  19 more words


Short Story Review: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce

Sunday, 12th November 2017

Story Title: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

Author: Ambrose Bierce

Date of Publication: 1890

This story has a twist ending that I really don’t want to spoil for anyone who hasn’t read it. 256 more words

Short Story

Short Stories of Ambrose Bierce Vol 1 (read by Charlton Griffin)

Named after a hanged felon, Ambrose Gwinett Bierce (1842–1914?) fittingly turned his literary gift to the macabre. In this he became the successor to Poe, adding to the master’s repertoire a distinctly American style of Gothic, and the horror he witnessed on the battlefields of the American Civil War. 128 more words


The Devil's Dictionary No. 2: Moron

Recently our Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, described our current President as a “moron.” I had not heard the word for some time; I certainly had not pondered on its meaning lately. 669 more words