The Word of the Month


February 2011

Photo {{link= target=_blank}}Iman Mosaad{{/link}}


Revolution (noun):

•  A (sometimes violent) attempt to change the government by a large group of people.

•  A major shift or change in conventions or ideas.

•  A complete turn or circle.


Classic Revolutions:
American (vs Great Britain)
French (vs. French monarchy)
Bolshevik (Soviets vs. Tsarist regime)
Copernican (Earth vs. Sun)
Dance Dance Revolution (Japan's #1 dance video game)

New Wave Revolutions:
In Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain and Libya, civil unrest has made the news. Thanks to CNN and Al Jazeera, all of these revolutions WERE televised! Take that, Gil Scott Heron (listen!)

Revolutionary Facts:

33 1/3 is the standard RPM (revolutions per minute) of a vinyl record. Anything faster and you start sounding like a chipmunk.

You say you want a revolution, but do you really? Think about it!

Famous Revolutionaries:

•  Ché Guevara (creator of the Ché Guevara T-shirt)
•  Otto Hahn (discovered the OttoMobile and nuclear fission)
•  Fidel Castro (founder of San Francisco's Castro district)
•  Chairman Mao (inventor of the chair, man)
•  VI Lenin (co-founder of the Beatles)
•  George Washington Carver (inventor of the peanut)
•  Uncle Ben (my favorite uncle, and rice pioneer)

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