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By Tim ONeill
Funny Guy 

First Mardi Gras, ghost word, the Miracle Worker arrives

This week in history


Feb. 27: 1827—New Orleans celebrates Mardi-Gras for the first time. 1854—In Omaha, Ne., the Benevolent Order of Misers’ Hall closes after members refuse to pay the rent. 1900—Acetyl salicylic acid’s patent goes to Felix Hoffman. We commonly refer to this as aspirin. Born: Ralph Nader (1934). Died: William F. Buckley, Jr. (2008). No Brainer Day. Today’s Word: Pogonophile—a person who loves beards.

Feb. 28: 1854—In Ripon, Wisc., slavery opponents meet and form the Republican Party. 1934—Webster’s New International Dictionary lists a new word, “dord”” defined as a word in physics and chemistry meaning density. Problem, though: there was and is no word dord. This ...

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