Some of the most successful people in history faced failure after failure before achieving the success they’re known for today!
Need some motivation that shows you real results from perseverance? Nothing motivates quite like finding out that even famous creators and inventors were in the exact same boat as you, maybe even for longer. Some of the most well-known and influential people in history endured rejection and failure before achieving their goals, but their persistence won out in the end.
Just imagine the regret of those who once rejected your work. That in itself is pretty motivating!
How The Elements Got Their Names
Ever wonder what all those names on the periodic table actually mean?
There’s a whole lot of fascinating history on Mendeleev’s table. Some carry names from antiquity, some are named for people, some are named for places, and some are named for mythical beings. Discover the etymology of the elements!
The Origins Of The Words Geek And Nerd
Thanks to Today I Found Out, we find out were the words “geek” and “nerd” came from.
The Interesting Origins of the Words “Geek” and “Nerd”
The first documented case of “geek” dates all the way back to 1916. At the time, the term was used to describe sideshow freaks in circuses. Specifically, it was typically attributed to those circus performers who were known for doing crazy things like biting the heads of various small live animals or eating live insects and the like. These performances were often called “geek shows”. The word itself, “geek”, came from the word “geck”, which was originally a Low German word which meant someone who is a “fool/freak/simpleton”.
The first documented case of “nerd” was in Dr. Seuss’s If I Ran the Zoo, in 1950. The specific text was: “a Nerkle, a Nerd, and a Seersucker too”. It was just one year after the Dr. Seuss book, in 1951 in a Newsweek magazine article, that we find the first documented case of “nerd” being used similarly to how we use it today. Specifically, they used it as being synonymous with someone who was a “drip” or a “square”.
There are two popular theories as to where the word derived from. The first is that it was perhaps derived from “drunk” spelled backwards, “knurd”. This was fitting to describe people who studied instead of going out with friends and partying. A somewhat more popular theory suggests that it came from a modification of “nut”, specifically “nert”, which meant “stupid or crazy person” and was common in the 1940s, directly before the term “nerd” showed up. The word nerd ended up becoming fairly popular in the 1960s and by the 1970s was hugely popularized by the TV show Happy Days, where it was used frequently.
Sarah Palin, insprired by Ted Cruz who read “Green Eggs and Ham” during his filibuster last year, rewrote the Dr. Seuss classic during her brilliant speech at CPAC 2014.
Sarah Palin – I Do Not Like This Uncle Sam
“I do not like this Uncle Sam.
I do not like his health care scam.
I do not like — oh, just you wait —
I do not like these dirty crooks,
or how they lie and cook the books.
I do not like when Congress steals,
I do not like their crony deals.
I do not like this spying, man,
I do not like, ‘Oh, Yes we can.’
I do not like this spending spree,
we’re smart, we know there’s nothing free.
I do not like reporters’ smug replies
when I complain about their lies.
I do not like this kind of hope,
and we won’t take it,
nope, nope, nope
via Gateway Pundit
Dr. Seuss: I Do Not Like This Uncle Sam