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The Devil's Dictionary: Plague

by Ambrose Bierce PLAGIARIZEPLANPLAGUE -n. In ancient times a general punishment of the innocent for admonition of their ruler, as in the familiar instance of Pharaoh the Immune. The plague…

Epidemics of the Past: Bubonic Plague

Bubonic PlagueEpidemics of the PastSmallpox: 12,000 Years of TerrorBubonic PlagueInfluenza: A Twentieth-Century Epidemic Ring around the rosy, A pocket full of posies, Ashes … ashes…

Stephen Crane: Tell me why, behind thee,

Tell me why, behind thee, I see always the shadow of another lover? Is it real, Or is this the thrice damned memory of a better happiness? Plague on him if he be dead, Plague on him if he…

Leviticus: 13

Leviticus Chapter 13 1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, saying, 2 When a man shall have in the skin of his flesh a rising, a scab, or a bright spot, and it be in the skin o…

The Devil's Dictionary: Dictator

by Ambrose Bierce DIARYDICTIONARYDICTATOR -n. The chief of a nation that prefers the pestilence of despotism to the plague of anarchy.

The Devil's Dictionary: Plan

by Ambrose Bierce PLAGUEPLATITUDEPLAN -v.t. To bother about the best method of accomplishing an accidental result.

Rebecca Lobo

A forward and center with a scorer's touch, Rebecca Lobo was a star of the University of Connecticut's women's basketball teams of the mid-1990s. In 1995 she led UConn to a 35-0 record and the NCAA c…

Benito Juárez

Orphaned at an early age, Benito Juárez did not begin his education until he was 12 years old. Despite the late start, he studied law and entered politics in the 1830s, became a judge in 1841 and gove…

Maj. Gen. Joseph Kabila,

president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, was shot in the presidential palace in Kinshasa in January. He later died from the wounds. Though details are sketchy, many reports indicate tha…