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1.
Any number of vegetables, such as lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, and others. This word comes from "roughage," which includes foods that are high in fiber and low in digestible nutrients.
Eat your ruffage or they'll be no dessert!
by Blast June 02, 2006
 
2.
The Boy Scouts of America (hereafter the BSA) is an organisation founded in 1910 as part of the Scouting Movement, which began in 1907 with Lord Baden-Powell's establishment of a similar organisation in England, using his previous experience in the Royal Army (which he achieved the rank of Lieutenant General in). The American version was founded by William D. Boyce, whose story is immortalised in the 'Story of the Unknown Scout' (a memorial is dedicated to said Scout in Washington, D.C., in the form of a buffalo). The BSA includes youth aged 12-18, and has several offshoot programs, including Sea Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Cub Scouts and Venturing.

The BSA is primarily intended to teach young men and boys the value of good citizenship, leadership skills and outdoorsmanship.

The BSA has a system of ranks and awards to recognise and encourage advancement in its program. The ranks are, in order of lowest to highest, Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and finally Eagle. After achieving Eagle, a Scout may endeavour to earn other awards beyond his rank, called Eagle Palms, ordered Bronze, Gold and Silver (compare with Olympic medals, ordered Bronze, Silver and Gold). Since these Palms are non-specific, they may be earned again and again, and stacked much like a military award in ribbon form, for as long as the Scout is actually in Scouting (i.e., he has not turned 18). Other awards of note are what the BSA calls merit badges, which are required to advance beyond First Class (and are required to advance beyond Star and Life to Eagle). These merit badges focus on one particular topic, and have a set of requirements that must be met before completion can be asserted. They are intended, much as the other requirements are, to teach valuable skills, give examples of what a Scout may wish to do with his life, train him in group leadership and cooperation and to give him a greater awareness in general. In addition, the BSA maintains several religious awards (not all are mainstream Christian: there is an Islamic, Meher Baba, Jewish, LDS, Catholic—including Eastern—Moravian and Zoroastrian), lifesaving awards (the Honor Medal—awarded in cases 'of exceptional skill or resourcefulness and extreme risk of life' with crossed palms upon the ribbon—Heroism Award and Medal of Merit), ecological awards (the World Conservation Award, commonly known as a 'pocket panda', the Leave No Trace Awareness Award and the Hornaday Award), several sporting-related awards, interpreter badges (for those Scouts who can translate to and from other languages fluently) and even an Organ Donor Awareness Award.

The BSA is organised into four regions: Western, Central, Southern and Northeast. These regions are further subdivided into areas, which are further subdivided into councils (the main administrative body). Councils have several troops under their authority, which are in turn comprised of patrols. Other bodies, such as those mentioned above (Sea Scouting, Cub Scouting, etc.) also fall under Council jurisdiction.

The BSA has, in recent years and in various areas of the United States, been seen as an organisation dedicated to discrimination and its members viewed as somehow weak, because of the set of promises that the Scouts take upon themselves. The truth is in fact much different: the BSA is a private organisation (although one with an extensive national heritage, and so receives special treatment, which other organisations and some Scouts and Scouters themselves do not agree with), whose right to determine its membership laws was upheld 5 to 4 in the Boy Scouts of America vs. Dale Supreme Court case in 2000. The BSA is also, in fact, composed of individuals of strong character, mind and body, who have not only hiked on extensive wilderness trips, navigated river rapids, gained recognition as experienced sailors and more, but have also participated in community service projects ranging from small to those of great import (the creation of a memorial, etc.), as well as saved lives, both by direct and indirect means. Many Scout troops maintain contingency plans for reacting to everything from fires to chemical spills, and some troops go so far as to develop plans for community defence. In other areas of the country, the opinion of the BSA is improving, albeit slowly.

Often seen as a paramilitary organisation, some troops de-emphasise this, while others do nothing to hinder it. The position of the National Council is that Scouting is a non-military movement, and has in fact banned much of the camouflage used by the military, and has also banned the use of rigid knives, such as Bowie knives.

Further reading can be found at the following links (remove spaces where applicable):
http://www.scouting magazine.org/issues/0110/d-wwas.html
http://www.scouting magazine.org/
http://www.scouting.org/
http://www.scout.org/
http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Scouting
http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Boy_Scouts_of_America
http://meritbadge.org/wiki/ index.php?title=Main_Page
http://www.boyscouttrail.com/ square-knots.asp
The Boy Scouts of America is an American organisation, much like the American Legion.
by Blast June 24, 2007
 
3.
The stuff people watch when they want to get away from their own pitiful realities.

Like soap operas, but with a cash prize at the end.
The Apprentice, Survivor, Girls vs. Boys, etc.
by Blast February 08, 2005
 
4.
A type of mecha used in the BattleTech universe, measuring between twenty and one hundred tons in weight and comparable in height to a modern main battle tank's length, though this can be more. They mount a wide variety of missile, ballistic, and energy weapons. For example, the Timberwolf] (Inner Sphere reporting name Mad Cat), perhaps one of the most iconic 'Mechs of the series, most commonly mounts two LRM-20 missile racks on its shoulders, an ER (extended range) medium laser and large laser on each arm, with a small pulse laser in the left torso, and two .50-caliber machine guns flanking the jutting cockpit.

BattleMechs fall into five distinct categories: Hunter-Killer 'Mechs (small, with a heavy weapon, such as a Gauss cannon or heavy energy weapon), Main Battle 'Mechs (~75 tons, with a well-balanced armour scheme and a variety of weapons covering many ranges), Support 'Mechs (large, generally mounting jump jets and long-range, powerful weapons), Recon/Strike 'Mechs (fast, light, and weakly-armed), and Assault 'Mechs. The last are the behemoths of the BT universe, slow and ponderous, heavily-armed and armoured, and able to wade into well-defended positions and come out alive. The Assault 'Mechs also usually form companies which are the basis of a battalion's hitting power, leading assaults against a specific target.

The BattleMech is powered by a fusion engine (it is unclear what fuel mix it uses), coming in standard, light, extra-light, extra-extra-light, large, large extra-light, large extra-extra-light, and compact. Additionally, the Clan-base technology has a similar range of engines, but are different. The lighter engines take up more criticals in the torso area, leaving them open to more damage than a normal engine, and allowing less ammunition and/or weaponry to be carried. Lighter engines are only good for reconnaissance and deep-strike 'Mechs, despite the apparent obsession with mounting them on heavier MBMs and assault 'Mechs. Compact engines take up less space than normal engines, but weigh slightly more.

Additionally, there are four types of gyros a 'Mech can mount: standard, compact, heavy-duty, and extra-light. XL gyros take up more space, but are lighter, while compact gyros take up less space, but are heavier. It is unclear to the author what a "heavy-duty" gyro is.

There are also five types of cockpits which can be mounted in a 'Mech: standard, command console, torso-mounted, and enhanced-imaging. Command consoles may only be mounted on >75-ton 'Mechs, and provide a link to the lance. Torso-mounted cockpits are just that--regular cockpits mounted in the chest of a 'Mech. Enhanced-imaging cockpits provide a three-dimensional view of the battlefield, allowing a MechWarrior to explore beyond his current field of vision. Finally, there are a plethora of targetting systems that may be mounted, each with its own specific job (or generalist, in the case of standard systems).

BattleMechs mount ten heat sinks (which dissipate heat generated by firing weapons) in the engine, giving a free -10 heat to the 'Mech, whatever type it is. More may be mounted, at the expense of tonnage and space. There are five types of sinks: single (-1 heat each), double (-2 heat each, with no penalty), compact (same as double, and with less space), laser, and Clan double. Laser heat sinks are a rather implausible invention, as they excite heat into visible light, and shoot it out someplace on the 'Mech.

'Mechs come in three different general types: the BattleMech, the OmniMech, and the UtilityMech. OmniMechs have the ability to swap out different weapons on a battlefield, simplifying transportation and giving certain 'Mechs a huge range of capabilites. UtilityMechs are usually unarmed, and specialized for non-combat actions, or recovery ops. There is also another distinction in BattleMechs: some stand on four legs (quadruped), while others stand on two (biped). The latter is by far the more common, despite the greater stability provided by having a greater weight distrubtion with four legs. There were briefly Land-Air 'Mechs, which were introduced by WizKids as a tack-on of some Japanese animes where transforming mecha were common. These were short-lived.

BattleMechs are piloted by special people called MechWarriors. These highly-trained soldiers are anagalous to medeival knights, in that they often find themselves fighting alone, and enjoy a higher level of comfort when piloting a BattleMech--such as a couple litres of water, rations, and other minor things that an infantryman will often lack. The MechWarrior sits on a chair in a small cockpit, referred to as the command couch. A neurohelmet connects his brain with the 'Mech's systems, providing locomotion, balance, reactionary movement, etcetera. It is assumed this is facilitated through the use of electrodes attached to the temples and other areas of the head (some depictions of MechWarriors have hair; it is unclear why this would be so).

Movement for BattleMechs is facilitated through the use of mechanical muscles, called myomers. These function exactly like organic muscles, relying on electrical impulses to contract and expand. Technicians are known for their ability to perform operations resembling surgery on BattleMechs, in which they will extract functioning myomers from a BattleMech or stockpile, and install it in the place of a torn or otherwise malfunctioning myomer.
The BattleMech is the central combat unit in the BattleTech universe.
by Blast June 27, 2006
 
5.
Powerhungry mod that eat a lot.

Loses in duels to leechers/leakers.
Ouch... that noob beat me. I'm such a Xeus.
by Blast May 19, 2004
 
6.
A phrase, usually used for irony, to depict something small.
Don't you think over nine thousand is a mite bit over the top?
by Blast October 14, 2007
 
7.
n.
1. British slang; a party where most drinks only cost a pound (£).
Man, there's a pound party in my hall bar.
by Blast January 17, 2008