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How Strange Is The Name Of Alabama State Hopeful ‘Luther Strange’?

by Anura Guruge


As you would expect of one who wrote a 160-page book on the ‘Names of Popes‘, people’s names intrigue. I am always curious as to their origin and how one came to get it.

So, of course, the strange name of Luther Strange really piqued my interest and I had to research it.

Wow. It is what it is! ‘Strange’ as in stranger! Who would have thought.


I started with this PBS.org provided Last Name ‘search’
— which uses the U.S. 2010 Census data.

So it is not a totally obscure name though its usage is dropping!

Just in case you are wondering I get 0 (i.e., ZERO) for my last name.
But that is because they only included the TOP 150,000 names.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. From ‘surnamedb.com’ — as you can see.


So now you know.

The next question is whether he will win today’s Alabama Primary. Right now he is trailing, but it is still quite early in the night.


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Think – Today: What Is The Meaning Of The Name “George”?

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curiousgeorgeMost traditional/popular English names have a meaning (or origin). So, have you ever wondered what “George” as in George Washington, Curious George or George Harrison means?


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Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “Dark side of the moon” — we from Earth only ever see about 68% of the Moon’s surface, and that is basically just ONE side of the moon. Wherever we are on Earth we never get to see the backside of the moon — the so called ‘Dark Side’ or ‘Far Side’. That has to do with how the Earth’s and Moon’s orbits are so precisely synchronized. This synchronization, however, is not a coincidence. It was dictated by the Earth’s superior gravitational pull over the Moon. Basically the Earth’s gravity TAMED the rotation and orbit of the Moon (achieving this quite quickly in what is thought was only about 1,000 years). This forced synchronization is called TIDAL LOCKING. The moon makes a complete orbit of the Earth in ~28 days — the Lunar Month (which is also the basis of our 29/30/31 day months). It also happens to do a complete rotation around its own axis in that exact time. In other word, a ‘Moon Day’ is ~28 days long. Yes, it is not an easy thing to visualize. Maybe this animation MAY help.


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Think – Today: Why Does The Moon Have A “Dark Side”?

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You must have heard the expression “dark side of the moon” (or maybe even heard the ‘Pink Floyd‘ song of that title)? What does it mean? Why does the moon have a dark side?


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Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “Break a leg” — in the Middle Ages (think ‘Shakespeare’) audiences showed their appreciation to a stage performer by banging their legs on the wooden floor of the ‘theater’. IF somebody got carried away they could break their leg by banging it too hard. So the ‘break a leg’ didn’t apply to the performer. What it means is: “go out and do such a great performance that somebody in the audience breaks their leg by banging it so hard!” 


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Think – Today: Why Wish A Performer “Break A Leg”?

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actorWhere does the expression “break a leg” used as a “all the best” wish for performers (e.g., actors, singers etc.) come from?


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Yesterday’s ‘Think’: The first element to be scientifically discovered — phosphorus, in 1669. It was extracted from human urine.


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Think – Today: What Was The First Element To Be Scientifically Discovered?

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periodictablemutedYes, folks have known about gold, silver, tin, copper, lead, mercury and arsenic for a long time. But there had been no science behind their discovery. The first scientific discovery of an element took place in the 17th century. What was that element? You will be surprised and even more as to ‘from what‘ it was discovered.


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Yesterday’s ‘Think’How do trees gain height? Trees, contrary to what you might first believe, do NOT grow from the bottom up. In other words the vertical growth (i.e., height) doesn’t occur from the ground level. That is why a bird box attached to a tree at eye level, or a carving made on a tree trunk, does not continue to move upwards, year after year. The vertical growth of trees occur from the BUDS outwards. So the growth takes place at the top. Here is a REALLY cool time lapse animation.


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Think – Today: Do Trees Grow From The Bottom Or From The Top?

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Easy question, right? Just talking about height. Where does the height of a tree come from, the bottom or the top. Yes, the root system continues to expand and the trunk gets bigger, each year — which is why we get those ‘rings’ that can tell the age of a tree. But, what about getting taller?


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Yesterday’s ‘Think’Name of the ‘Amazon’ river. The second Spanish explorer who set out to navigate the river, c. 1550, was viciously attacked by native warriors — most of whom were women. So he named the river ‘Amazon’ after Greek mythological race of women warriors. Neat?


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