Monthly Archive: October 2014

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The Killer Lunatic Who Helped Write Your Dictionary

Compiling the dictionary is no easy task—especially when it’s the Oxford English Dictionary. It wasn’t just definitions that were needed, but sentences as well. A massive project ultimately passed down to editor James Murray, the project was ultimately assembled by an impressive display of 19th-century crowdsourcing. One of the most prolific contributors with tens of thousands of submissions was a man named Dr. William C. Minor. Murray struck up a friendship with the man, and eventually found he was less of a professional, practicing doctor and more of a patient at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, where he’d been living for decades.

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The Center Of The Earth Is Solid (Not Liquid) Iron

The Earth is composed of a series of layers, and at the very center of it all is a large iron ball we’ve come to know as the inner core. The inner core is responsible for providing the Earth with a magnetic field. If you’ve always imagined that the center of the Earth is full of magma, you’re not entirely wrong—the outer core is molten magma and nickel.