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©2012 C.O.P. Audit Committee - file update generated 4-10-2012 at 08:31 GMT

    FBI sting meant to ensnare corrupt Congressman/Senators. They bagged 7

See: Rep. John Jenrette, Rep. Richard Kelly, Rep. Raymond Lederer, Rep. John Murphy, Rep. Michael Myers, Rep. Frank Thompson, Sen. Harrison Williams

Rep. Jack Murtha was an named as an un-indicted co-conspirator

    medical condition resulting from hypterthyroidism, resulting in the enlargement of the hands, feet and face

See: Rondo Hatton

`al-Qaeda' in Arabic script (it means `the base') International terrorist organization al-Qaeda
See: Abu Laith al-Libi, Anwar al-Awlaki, Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Usamah bin Laden, Kamel Bourgass, Abu Faraj, Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, Khalid Shaik Mohammed

scanning X-Ray picograph of the Aludium Phozdex Atom Aludium Phozdex
See: Sivi Aberg, Art Bell, Allan Odell

    The International Ampere equals a steady flow of current such that one coulomb (a unit of electrical charge) of electrons passes a point in one second; the International Ampere equals 99.9835% Absolute Ampere

    term for a space-farer; rough translation: "star sailor"

an automat Automat   coin operated vending restaurants
    The first automat, built by the the Quisisana Company in Berlin Germany, was visited by Frank Hardart in 1900; liking the concept he opened his own in Philadelphia (1902); the last Horn and Hardart automat closed in New York City in 1991

da Borg   hive-minded fictional Starfleet nemesis

BOTOX brand botulinum toxin Botulism Toxin   or "Bo-tox"
  • extreme poison produced by the clostridium botulinum bacteria
  • lethal adult dose: 0.0000001 gram
  • the term "botulism" coined in 1879 by a German physician (Muller), derived from the latin "botulus" ("sausage") following a 1793 outbreak in Wildbad where the victims had eaten spoiled blood sausage
  • there are seven serotypes: A, B, C [C1,C2], D, E, F, G
  • Botulism Toxin A (BTX-A) is the most active
  • types A, B, E & (rarely) F are active in humans; C & D in animals
  • Under the trade name BOTOX used in some medical procedures to effect muscle groups

See: Botulism Poisoning Incidents, Bach McComb, Dr. Edward Schantz

    term coined in 1956; composed of 8 bits, it is the smallest addressable unit of data storage in a computer's chip memory

See: Werner Buchholz

    unit of measure for gemstones, equal to 200 milligrams

cgs system
    A mechanical unit system that employs length-mass-time: centimeters, grams and seconds.

    Russian term for a space-farer; rough translation: "sailor of the cosmos" (from the Russian kosmonaut)

    A third-rate, mean-spirited, contemptible critic

    an acronym, short for Cathode Ray Tube; think tv picture tube

    a devotee of crossword puzzles

See: Frances Hansen, Will Shortz, Arthur Wynne

Cruel and Unusual   as in "Cruel and Unusual Punishment"
    For example:
  • a Chainsaw Enema
  • a Reverse Stomach Pumping using hot lead
  • being scalded to death in boiling liquid pig manure
  • being tossed flapping & shrieking into the maw of a giant tree chipper (like the one seen on "Monster Machines")
  • having your head mashed in a sheet metal automobile bumper press
  • being a Chinese prison factory laborer
  • a very special "last meal": Bon Vivant Vichyssoise, Chi-Chi's scallions, Great Lakes Whitefish and Trini & Carmen's Nachos (with their "special" hot sauce)

Dilmun   mythical island paradise

    various special typographical characters outside of the normal grammar, punctuation & keyboard sets

See: Jean Stapleton, Hermann Zapf

chemical structure of dioxin the chemical compound known as Dioxin
    also: TCDD - tetrachlorodibenzoparadioxin

See: Viktor Yushchenko

Domain Name
    The system in use on the Internet whereby the individual computers on the network may be assigned a colloquial "name" that is easier for humans to remember than their actual IP Addresses; a Domain Name Server acts as an "Information Operator," looking up domain names and returning the correct IP Address for that name.

    The cgs unit of force; the force required to give a free mass of one gram an acceleration of 1 centimeter-per-second

    Term coined in 1940 by H. L. Mencken in response to a letter from stripper "Georgia LaSothern" requesting an alternate job title. From the Latin ecdysis: the act of moulting or shedding an outer (cuticular) layer.

    term coined by Ernst Haeckel (1869) from the Greek word "oikos", the study of home or habitation

See: Eugene Odum

a representation of the molecule Ecstasy
    popular name given to psychoactive chemical; also known as MDMA
    first synthesized in 1912 (patent filed 12/24/1914 by Merck)
    chemical formula: C11H15NO2   (molecular weight: 193.24)
    full chemical description: 3-4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine

See: Michael Clegg, Alexander Shulgin, Craig Titus

    indestructible imaginary substance; created by scientist Eli Eon for Daddy Warbucks in the March 31, 1935 edition of the Little Orphan Annie strip; name initially given to Saran Wrap

    the small piece of elastic cartilage that covers the glottis during swallowing

    A unit of work or energy in the cgs system; the work done when a steady force of one dyne produces a displacement of one centimeter in the direction of the force.

The Fujita Scale   Tornado Intensity rating scale invented by Ted Fujita & Allen Pearson (1971)
    Wind Velocity
    F0Gale40-72branches break; damage to signsEF065-85
    F1Moderate73-112trailers moved off foundationsEF186-110
    F2Significant113-157roofs torn off frame housesEF2111-135
    F3Severe158-206trains overturned; trees uprooted; guyed transmission towers collapseEF3136-165
    F4Devastating207-260well-built homes leveled; trees debarkedEF4166-200
    F5Incredible261-318houses carried long distances & demolishedEF5>200
    F6Inconceivable319-379automobiles become missiles; asphalt & thin concrete roadways stripped from ground 
    F7Apocalyptic380-442hail the size of basketballs; railroad track ripped from roadbed
    F8Cataclysmic443-506bulldozers become missiles; breast implants burst
    F9Malevolent507-570locomotives become missiles; long-buried coffins exhumed
    F10Primal571-633reinforced steel & concrete buildings pulverized
    F11Omega634-695steamships become missiles
    F12Impossible696-757chrome sucked off trailer hitches; diamonds reduced to graphite
    F13Ludicrous758-818topsoil stripped down to bedrock; lakes drained; the course of rivers changed; tornado winds exceed the speed of sound, causing them to become quieter as they approach

    word coined in 1944 by Raphael Lemkin; comes from the Greek "Genos" (race) and Latin "cide" (killing)

    A form of brain cancer

See: Joan Kroc, Robert Moog

google «or» googol «or» googel   homonyms
    A word with three homonyms:
    a comic strip character
    Barney Google, created in 1919
    a Sesame Street Character
    the Googol
    a very large number, equal to 10100 (1 one followed by one-hundred zeroes).
    aka: 10 duotrigintillion
    Invented by mathematician Edward Kasner (1920); named by his nephew
    an Internet search engine (Google), founded in September, 1998 by Larry Page & Sergey Brin

Graphical User Interface   for computers; aka: GUI (pronounced "gooey")
  • The collection of widgets (windows, icons, pointing devices, etc.) used in most current computer operating systems.
  • First developed at the Stanford Research Insttitute
  • Refined at Xerox PARC; used in the Xerox Alto computer (1973)

See: Douglas Engelbart, Xerox PARC

Guyana Cocktail
    apocryphally-named mixture of Grape Flavor-Ade and Potassium Cyanide, employed by Jim Jones in 1978 religious cult mass suicide

    insufficient oxygen reaching body organs

The Infinitely Indexed Memory Bank
See: Morris Ankrum for a demonstration of the "process"

    term coined circa 1832 by Jeremy Bentham to describe a person given to dogmatic assertions

    standard unit of radio flux, equal to 10-26 W/m2 Hz; named for discoverer of extra-terrestrial radio waves

The J-Lo Scale   A relative scale of "bootie-ocity", using Jennifer Lopez's gluteus maximus as the standard of camparison

    high frequency multiplier tube used in radar & microwave oven units; name comes from Greek language for "breaking waves on the shore"; a donut-shaped chamber within the klystron was called the "rhumbatron"

See: Russell Varian & Sigurd Varian

L-Dopa   treatment for Parkinson's disease
    abbreviation for Levo-Dihydroxyphenylalanine

See: Dr. George Cotzias

Lethal Injection   - a method of execution employed in the United States
    typically three drugs, injected intravenously in sequence
    the most common combination: sodium thiopental, pancuronium bromide, potassium chloride

See: Franklin Alix, Clarence Ray Allen, Wanda Jean Allen, Newton B. Anderson, Stephen Wayne Anderson, Jemarr Arnold, Dennis Wayne Bagwell, John R. Baltazar, Odell Barnes, Donald Beardslee, Gerald Bordelon, Linroy Bottoson, Danny Joe Bradley, Windell Broussard, Darwin D. Brown, James H. Callahan, Rogelio Cannady, Peter A. Cantu, Alexander Caruthers, Karl Eugene Chamberlain, Juan Rodriguez Chavez, Jack Ward Clark, Keith Bernard Clay, Robert W. Clayton, Alton Coleman, Bobby Glen Cook, Marcus Cotton, Alva Curry, Tyrone Darks, David F. Dawson, Monty Allen Delk, Angel Nieves Diaz, Richard E. Dinkins, Dennis Dowthitt, Robert Nelson Drew, Marion Dudley, Henry Earl Dunn, Jaime Elizalde Jr., John William Elliott, James Filiaggi, Mark A. Fowler, Billy Rae Fox, Richard E. Fox, James Frei, John Wayne Gacy, Samuel Clark Gallamore, Robert D. Glock II, Spencer Goodman, Alvin Urial Goodwin, Cornelius A. Goss, Carlos Granados, Timothy L. Gribble, Vincent Gutierrez, Corey Duane Hamilton, Samuel Hawkins, Terry Lee Hankins, Earl Heiselbetz, Steve Henley, Adolph Hernandez, Rodolfo Hernandez, Rodrigo Hernandez, David Hicks, Clarence Hill, Paul J. Hill, Bobby Ray Hopkins, George A. Hopper, Billie George Hughes, Tommy Ray Jackson, Jesse Jacobs, Joseph Jernigan, Gary James Johnson, James Johnson, Johnny Ray Johnson, D.L. Jones Jr., Kevin Kincy, Amos L King, William J. Kitchens, Troy Kunkle, Loyd W. Lafevers, Edward Lagrone, Michael Lambert, Robert A. Lookingbill, Darryl Linnie Mack, Alexander Martinez, David Martinez, James Edward Martinez, Virgil Martinez, Jason E. Massey, Ynobe Matthews, Joshua Maxwell, Michael Lee McBride, Glen Charles McGinnis, Timothy McVeigh, Jose Ernesto Medellin, Floyd Allen Medlock, Donald Anthony Miller, Curtis Moore, Frank Moore, Johnathan Bryant Moore, Michael P. Moore, James W. Moreland, Kenneth Wayne Morris, Kenneth Mosley, John Allen Muhammad, Robert Neville Jr., Christopher Newton, Francis Newton, Joseph B. Nichols, Ricardo Ortiz, Elijah Page, Robert A.M. Perez, Willie Pondexter, James Porter, John D. Rees, Granville Riddle, George Rivas, Douglas Roberts, Johnny Robinson, Larry Keith Robison, Michael Anthony Rodriguez, John G. Roe, John Romano, Michael Rosales, Michael Bruce Ross, Raymond Rowsey, Clifton Russell, Arthur D. Rutherford, Luis Cervantes Salazar, Robert Salazar Jr., Mark Dean Schwab, Michael Sigala, Perrie Simpson, Charles Singleton, Dion Smallwood, Clyde Smith Jr., Christopher Swift, Elkie Lee Taylor, Keith Thurmond, Gerald Wayne Tigner Jr., Wayne Tompkins, Eddie Trice, William Wickline, Lewis Williams, Richard H. Williams, Tookie Williams, Willie Ray Williams, David Woodruff. Philip R. Workman, Aileen Wuornos, Julius R. Young, Kevin Zimmerman

Lethal Injection, version 2.0   - a method of execution employed in the United States
    a single drug, injected intravenously: sodium thiopental

See: Kenneth Biros, Mark A. Brown, Vernon L. Smith

Lewy Body disease
    a progressive degenerative disease that manifests all of the worst-case symptoms of Alzheimer's disease & Parkinson's disease

See: Otis Chandler, Anne Cox, Estelle Getty, Friedrich Lewy

    a design, usually registered as a trademark, that is meant to convey the identity of a product, service or corporation. Examples include the CBS "eye", Nike "swoosh" and the Pocket Books "kangaroo"; sometimes known as a colophon when used in printing and publishing

toy company Mattel
    named for Harold "Matt" Matson & Elliot Handler

    An individual claiming/proven to have reached the age of 125+ years

See: Talib Samejo, Moloko Temo

    Organization started in 1946 for people with I.Q.'s in the top 2% of the population. The name "Mensa" means Table in Latin

See: Roland Berrill, Victor Serebriakoff, Lancelot Ware

    a man-hater

See: Andrea Dworkin

    A gram-molecular weight of a substance; designed to provide a uniform number of molecules of that substance for a chemical reaction; for example, combining 1 mole of Oxygen and 2 moles of Hydrogen will produce 1 mole of Water (H2O)

Moore's Law   of computing power
    proposed by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore; it states that roughly every 18 months: the clock speed (in Megahertz) of a CPU; the transistor capacity of given area of silicon; or the recording density of a storage medium will double

Murphy's Law   first propounded by U.S. Air Force Captain Edward A. Murphy Jr.
    In 1949 the first incarnation of the law went: "If there are two or more ways to do something and one of those results in a catastrophe, then someone will do it that way."

    Later incarnations boiled down to "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong."

    The law has numerous corollaries involving the exacerbation of the potential for and/or likelyhood of disaster.

See: John Stapp

See: Edmund Gwenn

a representation of the molecule OxyContin® (aka: Oxycodone; Hydrocodone)
    trade name for an addictive narcotic drug used in pain relief
    full name: oxycodone HCl Controlled-Release Tablet (derived from the opium alkaloid thebaine)
    formula: C18H21NO4 · HCL   (molecular weight: 351.83)
    full chemical description: 4,5-epoxy-14-hydroxy-3-methoxy-17-methylmorphinan-6-one hydrochloride

See: Tanya Beyer, Heath Ledger, Rush Limbaugh, Bach McComb

pancuronium bromide
    brand name: Pavulon
    neuromuscular blocking agent (muscle relaxant)
    formula: C35H60Br2N2O2
    full chemical description: 3alpha, 17beta-diacetoxy-5alpha-androstan-2beta, 16beta-ylene bis [1-methylpiperidinium] dibromide

See: Lethal Injection

paparazzi   (plural)
    Name for the hoard of celebrity-stalking photographers that mercilessly hound people to get photographs; named for a character (Paparazzo) in La Dolce Vita

Pascal's Law   postulated by Blaise Pascal
    The pressure at all points at the surface of a liquid is equal.

the chemical compound commonly known as PBB   - Polybrominated Biphenyl
    Hexabromobiphenyl (PBB-157)
    fire retardant manufactured by the Michigan Chemical Company early 1970s to mid-1970s
    a Michigan Farm Bureau employee accidentally mixed it with animal feed in 1973; it was fed to a bunch of cow herds in northern lower Michigan
    (the feed & fire retardant had similar looking bags & names: Nutrimaster - Firemaster)
    by 1974 thousands of cattle had been killed & thousands of Michigan residents had injested quantities of the PBB through meat & dairy products

Pewabic   Ojibwa Indian word
    means copper-colored clay; name of Hancock, Michigan iron mine & Detroit, Michigan ceramics studio

See: Horace Caulkins & Mary Chase Perry Stratton

premature aging disease Progeria   afflicts the young
    full name: Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome; from the Greek for "prematurely old"; caused by a mutation in the Lamin A gene

See: Seth Cook, Maria Alicia Gowans, Mickey Hays

Rh factor
    The "Rh" comes from the experimental animals in which it was first discovered (Rhesus moneys); It covers the major blood types (A, B, AB and O) and is expressed as positive of negative; blood type O- is considered to be the universal blood donor

the Roman Calendar   and its successors, the Julian and Gregorian Calendars
    304-day-per year calendar first proposed by Roman King Romulus in 735 BC. It had ten months: Martis (after the Roman god of war Mars); Aprilis (from the latin "aperite", "to open"); Maius (after Maia, the mother of Mercury); Junius (after Juno, the queen of the Roman gods); Quintilis; Sextilis; September; October; November; and December.

    35 years later, in 700 BC, two more months were added, bringing the "year" to 355 days. The new months were: Januarius (after Janus, the two-faced god); and Februarius (from Februa, a Roman Festival).

    By 46 BC the calendar had slipped badly in synchronization from the seasons so Julius Caesar reformed it again, bringing the day total to 365 per year. The Roman Senate renamed the month Quintilis after Caesar, calling it Julius (July), and giving it 31 days.

    Later, Augustus had the number of days of each month standardized to their current count and the month Sextilis renamed Augustus and also given 31 days ... he swiped one day from Februarius making it 28 days long. Lastly, he changed the beginning of the year from March to January 1st.

    After almost 1600 years the vernal equinox had again drifted from the expected March 21 date causing Easter to become later and later in the church calendar. Pope Gregory XIII reformed the calendar to make centennial years NOT be leap years except for centennial years divisible by 400. His 1578 edict went into effect in October, 1582, dropping ten days by having Thursday the 4th be followed by Friday the 15th. Non-Catholic countries took a while to adopt the Gregorian calendar: Britain adopted it in 1752, while Russia waited another 160 years to change (they adopted the leap year rules but didn't do a date shift as other countries had).

    The calendar still has a +1 day error for every 3233 years, so a "centennial years divisible by 4,000 are not leap years" rule has be proposed but not adopted.

The Saffir-Simpson Scale   used to rate the intensity of Atlantic & Pacific hurricanes; invented by Herbert Saffir and Robert Simpson in 1969
    Central Pressure
    inches of mercury
    Wind Velocity
    Storm Surge
    feet above sea level
    Nature of Damage
    74-954-5No real damage to building structures. Damage primarly to unanchored mobile homes, shrubbery, and trees. Also, some coastal road flooding and minor pier damage
    96-1106-8Some roofing material, door, and window damage to buildings. Considerable damage to vegetation, mobile homes, and piers. Coastal and low-lying escape routes flood 2-4 hours before arrival of center. Small craft in unprotected anchorages break moorings.
    111-1309-12Some structural damage to small residences and utility buildings with a minor amount of curtainwall failures. Mobile homes are destroyed. Flooding near the coast destroys smaller structures with larger structures damaged by floating debris. Terrain continuously lower than 5 feet ASL may be flooded inland 8 miles or more.
    131-15513-18More extensive curtainwall failures with some complete roof strucutre failure on small residences. Major erosion of beach. Major damage to lower floors of structures near the shore. Terrain continuously lower than 10 feet ASL may be flooded requiring massive evacuation of residential areas inland as far as 6 miles.
    >155>18Complete roof failure on many residences and industrial buildings. Some complete building failures with small utility buildings blown over or away. Major damage to lower floors of all structures located less than 15 feet ASL and within 500 yards of the shoreline. Massive evacuation of residential areas on low ground within 5 to 10 miles of the shoreline may be required.

Saran Wrap
    plastic covering, invented at Dow Chemical (1933; now sold by S.C. Johnson); chemical composition - polyvinylidene chloride; college student Ralph Wiley washed glassware at Dow & had trouble cleaning one piece. The staff investigated and learned more about what they had made

Separated at Birth
    People who just must have come out of the same womb

  • Douglas Cone/Morn
  • John Kerry/Herman Munster
  • Vladimir Putin/ Harry Potter character
  • Anna Nicole Smith/Devine

      a collector of trivial or unusual data (definition published in the June 1991 Playboy Magazine) «or» a collector of seeds

    See: Refram Refrignuq

    various forms of Spongiform Encephalopathy
      Brain malady caused by prions. Manifestations incude:
      Scrapie (in sheep)
      Mad Cow Disease (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy; in cows)
      Chronic Wasting Disease (in Deer & Elk)
      Transmissible Mink Encephalopathy
      Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (humans; inherited)
      variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (humans; transmitted)
      Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker disease (humans; inherited)
      Fatal Familial Insomnic (humans; inherited)
      Kuru (humans; from cannibalism)

    See: Daniel C. Gajdusek, Stanley Prusiner, Victoria Rimmer

      An individual claiming/proven to have reached the age of 110+ years

    See: Miriam Amash, Daisey Bailey, Gertrude Baines, Florrie Baldwin, Julie Winnefred Bertrand, Eugénie Blanchard, Lizzie Bolden, Walter Breuning, Anitica Butariu, Maria Capovilla, Kama Chinen, Oberia Coffin, Beatrice Cooper, Besse Cooper, Lucy D'Abreu, Maria Olivia da Silva, Emiliano Mercado del Toro, Maria de Jesus, Sakhan Dosova, Arbella Ewing, George Francis, Bertha Fry, Jan Goossenaerts, Shelby Harris, Chiyono Hasegawa, Cruz Hernández, Charlotte Hughes, Jiroemon Kimura, Hattie Lafayette, Cicilia Laurent, Camille Loiseau, Stanely M. Lucas, Dina Manfredini, Benito Martinez, Yone Minagama, Shirali Mislimov, Neva Morris, Edna Parker, Venere Pizzinato, Mary Josephine Ray, Maggie Mae Renfro, Eunice Sanborn, Helen Stetter, Tomoji Tanabe, Julia Tharnish, Olivia Thomas, Emma Tillman, Tsuneyo Toyonaga, Arme Tsering, Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper, Bettie Wilson, Tuti Yuspova

    also see: mega-geezer

      Media-coined term; rought translation: "space sailor" (also see Yuhangyuan)

    Yang Liwei

    TCP/IP   the Internet packet transmission protocol
      acronym for Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol. These protocols (or rules) govern how datagrams (packets of bytes) are moved from an originating computer to a destination computer through the network

    See: Vinton Cerf, Robert E. Kahn, Len Kleinrock and Jonathan Postel.

    Lacrimating agent Tear Gas
      commonly referred to as "CS" (for 2-chlorobenzalmalononitrile)
      it is actually a fine powder that is aerisolized in smoke

    See: David Koresh, Nicholas Oglesby

      trade name of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) resin

    See: Anton Burg, Roy Plunkett

      from Greek for "treasury" or "storehouse"; name given to dictionary of synonyms first compiled by Peter Mark Roget in 1852

      McNeil Laboratory's trade name for a non-narcotic pain reliever
      full chemical description: N-acetyl-para-aminophenol

    See: Adam Janus, Stanley Janus, Theresa Janus, Mary Ann Kellerman, James W. Lewis, Douglas Lovell Jr., Mary S. McFarland, Stella Nickell, Paula Prince, Mary M. Reiner

      a tubular zither, from Madagascar

    See: Sylvestre Randafison

    a representation of the molecule Viagra®
      trade name for erectile disfunction drug developed by Pfizer researchers (1998)
      the little blue pill...full name: Sildenafil Citrate
      formula: C22H3ON6O4S    (molecular weight: 666.7)
      full chemical description: 1-[[3-(6,7-dihydro-1-methyl-7-oxo-3-propyl-1H-pyrazolo [4,3-d] pyrimidian-5-yl)-4-ethoxyphenyl] sulfonyl]-4-methylpiperazine citrate

    See: Sani Abacha, Bob Dole, Peter Dunn, Hugh Hefner, Albert Wood


      Official Chinese governmental term; rough translation: "space navigator"