Thursday, February 25, 2021

Here at the Library: Fingerprints

Here at the Library
Fingerprints
A fingerprint is an impression left by the friction ridges of a human finger. They are the tiny ridges, whorls, and valley patterns on the tip of each finger. Here at the library, we have books that can tell you all about fingerprints, crime solving, true crime and much more. Here is just one example:

    Fingerprints form in the womb. As the fetus moves, their fingers rub against the sides of the womb. This pressure pushes the skin on the fingers as it grows, molding the direction of the growing ridges. The result of this is a unique fingerprint, unlike anyone else's.


    No two people have been found to have the same fingerprints. Fingerprints are even more unique than DNA, although identical twins can share the same DNA, or at least most of it- they can't have the same fingerprints.
    Fingerprinting is a form of Biometrics, a science that uses people's physical characteristics to identify them. Fingerprints are ideal for this purpose. They're inexpensive to collect and analyze, and they never change- even as people age. 
 
The three basic types of fingerprints


Johann Christoph Andreas Mayer was a German Anatomist. He was the first to realize that fingerprints were unique to each individual. For centuries, scholars had remarked on the curious loops and whorls that decorated their fingertips. In 1788, Mayer declared that the patterns seemed unique, that the "arrangement of skin ridges is never duplicated in two persons."
    Sir Edward Henry, an Inspector General of Police in Bengal, India, developed a fingerprint classification system in 1901. The Henry Classification System was used in criminal investigations throughout British India. England adopted the system in 1902. The United States Military adopted fingerprinting in 1905, and the nation's police forces soon followed. 
Example of the Henry Classification System
    September 10, 1910. Just after 2 a.m. Clarence Hiller woke to the screams of his wife yelling that there was someone in the house. The Hiller's lived at 1837 West 104th St. in Chicago, IL, an area which was experiencing a mass of burglaries at this time. Charles ran to the foot of the stairs where he encountered the intruder. A scuffle ensued and Charles was shot twice. He died moments later.
    The intruder fled through a kitchen window. The murderer ran from the crime scene but left behind something that would change detective work forever. Outside this window was a freshly painted railing- on this railing...the imprint of four fingers.
1837 West 104th St. Chicago, IL as it stands today

The assailent didn't make it far. Thomas Jennings, a man who had been parolled six weeks earlier, was found a few blocks from the Hiller home wearing a torn, bloody jacket and carrying a revolver. Jennings was charged with the crime. 

    The nail in Jennings' coffin was the fingerprints on the railing...a perfect match. The murder of Clarence Hiller led to the first conviction using fingerprint evidence in a criminal trial in the United States. Thomas Jennings was sentencend to death by hanging on December 22, 1911.
    The Jennings case gave fingerprinting another boost toward its universal acceptance around the world. This, of course, led to fingerprint comparisons being completed by authorities for the purpose of identifying criminals. After the case of Thomas Jennings, fingerprint evidence was on its way to being accepted by the courts with very few challenges.

I hope you enjoyed this little tidbit of history! Thanks to the patron who requested this post. If you have a topic you would like me to cover send me an email at eccleslesherprogramming@gmail.com, send a message via facebook or instagram: make sure you attach "Here at the Library" to the subject line.
Kelly

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Sources:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/myth-fingerprints-180971640/

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/first-case-where-fingerprints-were-used-evidence-180970883/

https://www.crimeandinvestigation.co.uk/shows/crimes-that-shook-australia/articles/the-history-of-fingerprinting

People v. Jennings, 252 Ill. 534, 96 N.E. 1077 (1911)

https://murderpedia.org/male.J/j/jenning-thomas.htm




 

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Critter Club: Polar Bears

 Critter Club

Today we're all about Polar Bears! We have some worksheets to teach you how to write and how to use scissors, a fun polar bear craft using REAL GLUE!! and some websites to play games!

Our book for the week is Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you Hear by Bill Martin Jr. Illustrated (that means drawing pictures) by Eric Carle

The first thing I want you to do is work on your craft a bit. We're using real glue and I want it to dry a little before we move on to the next step, so do this, then set it aside while you work on the rest. 

In your craft packet you have 3 white popsicle sticks and two foam core rectangles. The items are pictured below

Take the three popsicle sticks and line them up side by side. Glue the two pieces of foam core to the not painted side.
Now that you've done that, set it aside for a bit. 


Here you can watch a real polar bear at the San Diego Zoo!!

These cameras, for all the animals, are free to watch. If a donation screen pops up, and you want to donate, feel free! If not just close the window and proceed to the cams. You can also find some of the other animals in the book!



Here you can play Hide and Seek with Elinor:

National Geographic for kids has a lot of information if you are interested in learning about all kinds of animals. You can use this link to answer questions and find out what baby animal you are like!


If it's been at least 20 minutes we can do the next part of our craft! If not, go watch the polar bears some more!


In addition to the three popsicle sticks, foam core, and bottle of glue (save this, we will use it for other crafts!) you should have:
a nose
a belly
two ears
two eyes
two arms
two feet

Carefully turn over your bear body and glue on the ears. An easy trick for not using too much glue is to put it on the tip of your finger, then dab your finger onto the paper you are gluing. 

Next glue on his eyes and nose

He looks so cute! Glue on his belly and feet...don't forget to be careful about how much glue you use..we don't want to make a big mess for you to clean up!


Finally, glue on his arms

He's so handsome! Set him aside for a bit, or all night!! until his glue is all dry. I'm putting in some pieces of magnet for your grown-ups to attach, so you can hang him up on your refrigerator.

Have fun! 
Miss Kelly

The Library is once again open to the public. Packets will be ready for pickup on Thursday the 25th from 11am to 6pm

Monday, February 22, 2021

Linda's Book Reviews: A Deal with the Elf King

Linda's Book Reviews


A Deal with the Elf King
By
Elise Kova 

This week's book is a fantasy by a famous YA writer, Elise Kova. 
I searched Amazon for their description of the book, and My review will follow.

Amazon 
Perfect for fans of A Court of Thorns and Roses and Uprooted, this stand-alone, fantasy romance about a human girl and her marriage to the Elf King is impossible to put down!

The elves come for two things: war and wives. In both cases, they come for death.

Three-thousand years ago, humans were hunted by powerful races with wild magic until the treaty was formed. Now, for centuries, the elves have taken a young woman from Luella's village to be their Human Queen.

To be chosen is seen as a mark of death by the townsfolk. A mark nineteen-year-old Luella is grateful to have escaped as a girl. Instead, she's dedicated her life to studying herbology and becoming the town's only healer.

That is until the Elf King unexpectedly arrives... for her.

Everything Luella had thought she'd known about her life, and herself, was a lie. Taken to a land filled with wild magic, Luella is forced to be the new queen to a cold yet blisteringly handsome Elf King. Once there, she learns about a dying world that only she can save.

The magical land of Midscape pulls on one corner of her heart, her home, and people tug on another... but what will truly break her is a passion she never wanted.

  A Deal with the Elf King is a complete, *stand-alone novel* inspired by the tales of Hades and Persephone, as well as Beauty and the Beast, with a "happily ever after" ending. It's perfect for fantasy romance fans looking for just the right amount of steam and their next slow-burn and swoon-worthy couple

  My Review

This book was like a fairy tale love story. The main character, Luella is a very independent, strong woman who is NOT going to let any man tell her what to do! So right off the bat, I liked her a lot! Her town scraped up the money to send her to a herbology school so that she could become the town healer. This act of kindness made Luella feel very obligated to the town she loved. Her job and her patients were her main concern, she felt this was her calling in life. Then she finds out she is the new human queen and has to leave. Luella is not happy. Of course, she has to go because that is how it has always been. The tradition and the agreement between the 2 worlds. She finds out she has to make a decision about which world needs her most and what she actually wants. 

 I enjoyed the story, but it was a little too tame for me. Not enough action and suspense. It had a nice plot but was just sort of typical. Overall it was not one of my favorites from this author, but the plot kept me reading.



I Give This Book 



3 STARS

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Friday, February 19, 2021

Staff Picks February

 Staff Picks
 The library has many different types of entertainment to choose from. Of course books, newspapers, and magazines are always available. We also have a wide selection of movies and television shows on DVD. If you prefer the internet for entertainment, check out our computer lab! Following that theme our staff is sharing some of our favorite non-book things. Enjoy!

Sherri:
Women's Health Magazine

    I really enjoy reading Women's Health Magazine. It has articles on general health, nutrition, and weight loss.
    There are even some healthy recipes that I would like to try.

Linda:

    One of my favorite TV shows is The Good DR.  Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism and Savant syndrome, is recruited into the surgical unit of a prestigious hospital. Savant syndrome is a rare condition in which someone with significant mental disabilities demonstrates certain abilities far in excess of average. The skills that savants excel at are generally related to memory. This may include rapid calculation, artistic ability, map making, or musical ability.  In other words, he is a genius. The show is a series that continues each week with awesome storylines of all the characters in their personal and professional lives. I enjoy watching how they figure out how to treat each patient in the ER. It is interesting to watch the surgeries and see how they are performed. Sometimes only Shawn has the answers! It is an awesome show.

Kelly:


     My pick this month is actually a series of books by Hailey Edwards. This 5 book series, The Potentate of Atlanta is a tie in to her 6+ book Beginners Guide to Necromancy series. It's not necessary to read the BGN series to enjoy this one, but it would give you Hadley's backstory.
    The books are in the Urban Fantasy/PNR genre and take place in the city of Atlanta, GA. The series follows Hadley, a low society necromancer who has made a life altering deal with a shade (the spirit of a deceased necromancer) and becomes a dybbuk. 

    Hadley is a liar, a killer, and a chocoholic. But she's getting better about the first two. Some days it's hard for her to tell fact from fiction, but only the truth matters. Goddess willing she's going to become the next Potentate of Atlanta. Even if it means playing nice with Midas Kinase, a gwyillgi shifter whose mysterious past may just be grimmer than her own. 


    The main attraction of this book is the characters, which is great because it is written from Hadley's POV. I enjoyed being in her head! Hadley is above all, a survivor who has overcome some of the worst things that life can throw at you. She's a character that I relate to a great deal. Throughout the series you watch her confidence strengthen and her ability to relate with others and open up to a relationship grow. She is determined to make up for her own mistakes, realize the incredible opportunity that she is given, and do the best to move past them and be a better person. I believed in her. I genuinely believe that her original intentions were selfish, but not evil. The consequences were incredibly high, and she is more than willing to pay the price. 
    Hailey Edwards is an amazing author who has several series available on Kindle Unlimited which is how I first came across her. I did start with The Beginners Guide to Necromancy and went on to the Potentate of Atlanta. This series is astounding.
    

Rachel:
     
For many people, these deary months of winter are often the hardest part of the year to endure.  I used to be the same.  Years ago I went in search of a solution for a way to help myself out of the annual onslaught of doldrums that would inevitably find me every February and March, something I could do indoors as the weather was often unpredictable.

Growing up I'd played video games here and there - I remember the first time I picked up an NES controller to walk Mario over to some elevated blocks, and then swinging the controller through the air while simultaneously hitting the jump button because my brain didn't realize yet that you didn't need to actually do anything other than hit a button to make the character on the screen react.  I'd played some Super NES, Playstation, Nintendo DS, PC games, and so on, but I'd never actually gotten into gaming.  Never owned a console.  I will humbly admit that until 2013, I had a very shallow and limited view of video games, gaming, or any understanding of what kind of impact they could have.

Enter Skyrim.


Skyrim, or The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, is an open-world single-player role-playing video game that was released in November of 2011.  You as the player and "main character" of the main storyline in the game, are the Dragonborn and are on a quest to defeat Alduin the World-Eater, a dragon that is prophesied to destroy the world.  Picture it as basically Lord of the Rings meets Game of Thrones with some Viking themes throughout for flavor.  IT IS BRILLIANT.

Skyrim is the name of the province in which the game takes place - part of a continent called Tamriel on the fictional planet called Nirn.  Yeah, the lore gets deep, lol.  For those of you who know it, well, you already know it, and those of you who don't I can guarantee don't care to, so I'll spare you! 

My goal here is to provide some insight into a possible outlet for people who may be suffering from pandemic fatigue as well as seasonal affective issues during this time of year.  As I mentioned before, I wasn't really into gaming until I found this game a couple of years after it came out.  I needed something to engage me and even though I never thought I'd ever be someone who played video games, this game changed the way I view "gaming" forever.  If you are someone who thinks video games are just about guns and violence and mindless nonsense, I suggest you reconsider.  Video games today are an incredible culmination of story-telling, visual feats (I'm not joking - what they can do today is breathtaking), the music and score in many of these games are on par with some of the finest works I've heard in my life and I listen to them everywhere (in my car, while at work, while cleaning), and the world-building requires you to fully immerse yourself in the problem-solving of many of the quests which are so engaging and truly enriching.  What's more, is finding others (both in-person and online communities from around the world) that you can connect with over the shared experiences you have in the game.  It's very similar to reading the same book and then discussing it at a book discussion!

I fell in love with this game and never looked back.  I've gotten my best friend hooked.  Many of my other friends are fans.  We love discussing some of the silly glitches that happen, and our favorite ridiculous side quests.  The game is so massive that even 9 years later I still haven't done it all.  Not to mention that there are people continuously putting out new mods that add great new content to the game.  The community around it is so strong, well, around all The Elder Scrolls games, because they are just that good.  Skyrim especially so.  To this day I cannot look at dreary winter days and feel the same sadness and oppressiveness because inside I can hear the music from the game, I can feel the rush of the adventures. 

Skyrim has a little something for everyone.  At the very beginning of the game, you build your character, choosing from 10 races that have various unique powers and abilities - various types of elves, several human races, or a couple of very different races - Orcs, Khajiit (cat people), and Argonians (basically lizard people, ha!).  No matter what you choose, you can play the game any way you would like - as a battle axe-wielding mage, or an ultra-stealthy archer, or a potion-making conjurer (you summon various types of creatures and weapons from other planes of existence).  You help townsfolk, purchase property, adopt children, build houses, battle the undead, war with bandits and thieves, join different guilds, climb snowy mountains, fight frost trolls, venture into subterranean caverns, explore dwarven ruins, barter and sell things, build up skills like smithing, lockpicking, speech, restoration, various armor and types of weapons you use, enchantments, pick different followers to help you along the way, eat stuff, bake stuff, read books (I made my own little nerd quest once to acquire all the books in this one series from all over Skyrim and it was a lot of fun trying to track them all down), ride horses, pick flowers, fight giants and vampires, learn stuff at a college, become a werewolf if you want, lol, I mean you name it, Skyrim has it.  Not to mention that as the Dragonborn you actually speak Dragon (not the technical term), so you get to learn things called Shouts, which are loads of fun.  And with mods, there really is no limit to what you can do in the game.  You can assist the Imperial Army that is occupying Skyrim or join the Stormcloak resistance in the civil war that's going on as well.  Because OF COURSE there's also some politics to choose from in the game!  As I said, it has a little bit of everything, lol.

If you have never played maybe it's time to try something new, and if you haven't played in a while....maybe it's time to return.   

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Here at the Library: Coffee

 Here at the Library


Here at the Library we have a Keurig for you to try a variety of coffee, tea, or hot cocoa for just 75¢. Today we're talking about coffee. Yummy, yummy life affirming coffee. Before we look at some of coffee's history, check out these coffee facts..and just to let you know..writing this is making me want some coffee.

Coffee Facts:

            -Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world behind only petroleum
            -64% of Americans drink coffee every day
            -Americans consume 75% of their caffeine in the form of coffee
            -Folgers is the best-selling brand of coffee in the U.S. followed by Starbucks and Maxwellhouse
            -There are about 24,000 coffee shops in the United States.
            
Check out one of the local coffee shops, Canyon Coffee Co. in New Bethlehem find them here on Facebook. 

Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages worldwide and in the United States. Millions of consumers across the country can't imagine starting their day without a hot cup of coffee. Coffee is produced from the coffea plant. The coffea plant naturally contains caffeine. The amount of caffeine varies between individual plants. There are over 120 species of the plant. Two are most responsible for global coffee production. Coffea Arabica and Coffea Canephora also known as Arabica and Robusta respectively. 
Coffea Plant

    Coffee grown worldwide can trace its heritage back centuries to the ancient coffee forests on the Ethiopian plateau. There, legend says the goat herder, Kaldi, first discovered the potential of these beloved beans.
    The story goes that Kaldi discovered coffee when he noticed that after eating the berries from a certain tree, his goats became so energetic that they did not want to sleep at night.
    Kaldi reported his findings to the abbot of the local monastery who made a drink with the berries and found that it kept him alert through the long hours of evening prayer. The abbot shared his discovery with the other monks at the monastery and knowledge of the energy giving berries began to spread. 

    The first coffee house in Mecca dates to the 1510s, the beverage was in Turkey by the 1530s. It appeared in Europe circa 1515-1519. European travelers to the Near East brought back stories of an unusual dark black beverage. Some people reacted to this beverage with suspicion or fear, calling it the "bitter invention of Satan." The controversy was so great that Pope Clement III was asked to intervene. He tasted the beverage himself and found it so satisfying that he gave it papal approval. 
    Coffee had made its way to England by 1650 and by 1675 the country had more than 3,000 coffee houses. Coffee had replaced beer as the breakfast drink of choice. The use of coffee declined in the 1800s with the introduction of cheaper tea. In the American colonies however, the tax on tea kept coffee popular. 
Basic History of Coffee


    Coffee is one of the most widely consumed drinks in the world. In 2020, around 166 million 60 kilogram bags (132.5 lbs.) bags of coffee were consumed worldwide. The highest annual per-person consumption is in Scandinavian countries where long, dark, and cold winters make coffee a much loved drink. However, the population consumption winner is China, followed closely by India, and in third place, the United States. 


    There's nothing quite like that first cup of coffee in the morning. A few sips of the aromatic magic stuff and you're suddenly awake and motivated to take on the day. It's truly an awesome drink.
    There is some kind of coffee for everyone, cold brew, latte, mocha, double shot of espresso, or a plain old cup of Joe. Stop in to the library and check out our selection, if we don't have anything that interests you, grab a friend and head over to New Bethlehem and check out the menu at Canyon Coffee Co. 
    Whatever you enjoy doing, it's better with some coffee!
Kelly
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Sources:

https://nationalcoffee.blog

https://www.statista.com/statistics

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee

https://www.facebook.com/Canyon-Coffee-Co-1877586172534900

https://www.ncausa.org/About-Coffee/What-is-Coffee



  

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Critter Club: Mother Goose

Critter Club
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, 
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall,
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty Dumpty together again.

Hi Everyone! Today we're having fun with Mother Goose!! I'm sure you've heard at least some of the Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes that we're having fun with today! Have a look at this book which may tell you some you haven't heard.

Our craft this week is more of a game.
You will have two sheets with 6 large rectangles and 6 small squares.
Do your best to cut out the rectangles and squares.
Match the squares to the rectangles to complete the nursery rhyme picture.




You will also have a coloring page and a maze to work on.

Here are some websites you can use as well:

Here you can find all of the different nursery rhymes

https://allnurseryrhymes.com/rhymes-k/

Have some fun Rhyming with Grover

https://pbskids.org/games/rhyming

Play with Humpty Dumpty on Nick Jr. 

http://www.nickjr.co.uk/nick-jr-originals/games/nursery-rhymes-humpty-dumpty/

Packets for next week will be available next Tuesday. 

Have Fun!!

Kelly



 

Monday, February 15, 2021

Linda's Book Review: For One More Day

Linda's Book Review 
For One More Day
By
Mitch Albom 

I chose this week's book based on the author. He wrote one of my favorite books, "Tuesday's With Morrie." I will give you a description of the book from Amazon, followed by my review. 

Amazon  

From the author of  "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" and "Tuesdays with Morrie."

"Every family is a ghost story . . ."

Mitch Albom mesmerized readers around the world with his number one New York Times bestsellers, "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" and "Tuesdays with Morrie." Now he returns with a beautiful, haunting novel about the family we love and the chances we miss.

"For One More Day" is the story of a mother and a son, and a relationship that covers a lifetime and beyond. It explores the question: What would you do if you could spend one more day with a lost loved one?

As a child, Charley "Chick" Benetto was told by his father, "You can be a mama's boy or a daddy's boy, but you can't be both." So he chooses his father, only to see the man disappear when Charley is on the verge of adolescence.

Decades later, Charley is a broken man. His life has been crumbled by alcohol and regret. He loses his job. He leaves his family. He hits bottom after discovering his only daughter has shut him out of her wedding. And he decides to take his own life.

He makes a midnight ride to his small hometown, with plans to do himself in. But upon failing even to do that, he staggers back to his old house, only to make an astonishing discovery. His mother--who died eight years earlier--is still living there, and welcomes him home as if nothing ever happened.

What follows is the one "ordinary" day so many of us yearn for, a chance to make good with a lost parent, to explain the family secrets, and to seek forgiveness. Somewhere between this life and the next, Charley learns the astonishing things he never knew about his mother and her sacrifices. And he tries, with her tender guidance, to put the crumbled pieces of his life back together.

Through Albom's inspiring characters and masterful storytelling, readers will newly appreciate those whom they love--and may have thought they'd lost--in their own lives. For One More Day is a book for anyone in a family, and will be cherished by Albom's millions of fans worldwide.

My Review 

WOW! Mitch Albom does it again! An amazing story!  What if you could live one day over with someone who has passed away, to say the things you wish you would have said, or make any wrongs right? I am sure most people who have lost a parent or any loved one would LOVE to have this chance. I know I would! I have thought of this many times. 
 This book really touched me and drew some tears. It reminds you how short life really is and how hurtful words can not be taken away. To always show kindness to each other. The stupid little things we fight about, the things we give too much power to, don't mean anything in the end. 
 We need to cherish each day God gives us. It could be our last day on earth. 
 Mitch Albom is an author who knows how to pull on the heartstrings but in a good way. The story of "Chick's" life really pulls you in, and you can feel like your walking in his shoes. An amazing read!
 For One More Day is a book I highly recommend! 


I Give This Book
4 1/2 Stars


Friday, February 12, 2021

Friends of the Library: Pat Wiencek

 Friends of the Library

 Our Library is lucky enough to enjoy a Friends of the Library group. This group was formed as a non-profit charitable group to help support our library. Most Friends groups are adaptable groups that fit the needs of the communities and the libraries they support. In our case, the Friends of the Library runs our used book store (we always welcome donations), helps us purchase necessary items for the library and supports our children and youth programs through volunteer work, advocacy, and fundraising.

The mission of our Friends is to advocate and raise awareness of the library and its many programs.

Welcome Friend, Pat Wiencek

    Pat is a member of our Friends group. She enjoys reading Mystery, Science Fiction, and Adventure Novels.
    John Grisham, Agatha Christie, and Tom Clancy are some of her favorite authors.

In her spare time she enjoys traveling, visiting friends and family, sewing, crochet, reading, and volksmarch which is a non-competitive form of fitness walking.

Thank you, Pat for all you do for us!


Thursday, February 11, 2021

Here at the Library: Dictionary

Here at the Library

     English is an interesting language. It is, in fact, one of the most difficult languages to learn. Despite the fact that you've most likely been speaking English for all of your life, I would bet that there are still words you don't understand, can't pronounce, or simply don't know the meaning for. 
    Here at the library, we have a large selection of dictionaries:



    This one is my favorite:



    There are over one million words in the English language. Words are a lot more than a group of letters shoved together, they make sentences, paragraphs, stories. But, there are some pretty interesting words that have some pretty interesting meanings. I thought it would be fun to take a dive into a dictionary and find some (possibly) new words to add to your vocabulary.

    We'll start with my favorite; defenestrate, which means to throw someone, or something, out the window. 


        Bob deserved defenestration, but I refrained from tossing him out the window. 

Quixotic is a fun one, meaning to be not sensible about practical matters. It originated with the story Don Quixote.
Although Jack's plan for killing the giant was quixotic, it was the village's only hope


Next we have misanthrope. This word describes someone who basically, doesn't like people in general.

The old man was a misanthrope who surrounded his yard with barbed wire to keep the neighbors away.

Something I think everyone has suffered from at some point is clinomania, the excessive desire to stay in bed. 
Ever the clinomaniac, she was late for work yet again. 


Did you ever taradiddle? A taradiddle is a small or petty lie.

Saying you forgot your glasses is a taradiddle.


Almost everyone pandiculates throughout the day. This is the act of yawning and stretching at the same time. 
The cat pandiculated as it woke from a nap.


You could probably say that most vampires are nyctophiles. Nyctophilia is finding comfort in the dark.

The nurse was a nyctophile and preferred working the night shift.


Like I said, English is a fascinating language! I hope you liked all the 'new' words. Sprinkle them into your conversations! Especially defenestrate...definitely my favorite!
Kelly
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