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Nigma walckenaeri
2009-05-02 15:52:37

Nigma walckenaeri is a species of spider commonly found in gardens, walls, or on big leaves such as lilac or grapevine. It is found in warmer regions and near forest edges. This species has been introduced into Kew Gardens in Queens, NY. This green cribellate spider is about 0.2 inches long and is the biggest member of the Dictynidae family. Most of the body is somewhat yellowish, however,...

Woods Granville T
2009-04-23 12:34:28

Granville T. Woods was an African American inventor. He was born in Columbus, Ohio on April 23, 1856 and died in New York on January 30, 1910. Woods devoted his life to discovering new ways of improving an array of things specific to the railroad industry. More than a dozen devices to improve electric railway cars were invented by Woods, as well as many more for controlling the flow of...

Atlantic Silverside
2008-10-08 12:48:10

The Atlantic Silverside (Menidia menidia) is found in the shallows of the Hudson River estuary and other tidal rivers and creeks in southeastern New York, and Long Island from the spring to the fall. They move out away from the shorelines and enter deeper water in the Chesapeake Bay during the winter. The Atlantic Silverside is a small fish, approximately 3 to 6 inches in length. The upper...

Mud sunfish
2005-06-14 12:46:50

The mud sunfish (Acantharchus pomotis) is a sunfish from the family Centrarchidae that is widely distributed in the fresh waters along the Atlantic coast of North America, ranging from New York to Florida. The mud sunfish prefers sluggish, weedy waters of 10"“22 °C (50"“72 °F), over muddy, detritus-strewn bottoms, and occurs in small lakes as well as riverine backwaters. The...

Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'