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15 definitions by amadscientist

 
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The derogatory term combines the words "Tourist" with "Moron" to describe any person who, while on vacation, commits an act of pure stupidity.

The term has its roots in the resort, park service and service industries and can easily be dated back at least as far as the mid 1970's. It is widely used throughout the US, but may not be in general use by mainstream society.

Mostly an inside "Joke", created to vent emotion when dealing with the public.

In Yosemite National Park, "Tourons" regularly block access into the park by stopping on the single lane road to take pictures of wildlife.

"Tourist, Please leave your brain before entering " was the sign in an underground cartoon in Yosemite in the late 1980s. It depicted the entrance to the park with a park service employee leaning out the gate to accept the brain of a tourist driving a Volkswagen Beetle. Another sign in the cartoon read "Night Drop".

The cartoon was seen in both park service and concessions offices during that period and reflects the over all harmless, yet critical view of people who forget how to act in public.

The "Touron" asked the Ranger when the deer were released for viewing.
by Amadscientist April 18, 2009
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One of the oldest cities in the world. The birth Place of the republican political system and western civilisation.

The city began as a small settlement established by twin Brothers Romulus and Remus nearly 2,500 years ago.

"All Roads lead to Rome" refers to the fact that all roads literally began in the city of Rome and expanded out to the provinces. The Umbilicus urbis Romae, a large cone shaped monument, marked the center of the city and Republic.

Augustus Caesar added the Milliarium Aureum which stood across from the Umbilicus urbis on the Rostra (the speakers Platform for political speeches). It was engraved with all of the Provinces of the Empire at that time and the distance from the monuments.

Today the "Eternal City" is considered , perhaps, one of the most romantic locations on Earth. Ancient edifices, music, good food and a long history is what Rome is most known for.
There is no better place to fall in love than Rome.
by Amadscientist April 14, 2009
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The term Happy Camper originates from the quote, "Not a Happy Camper".

It has been in use for over 20 years.

It's origins are similar to that of the term "Touron" which is a cross between a tourist and a moron. These terms began and are currently widely used in the resort industry and National Park Service.

It was in use as early as 1986 Yosemite National Park by employees of the Yosemite Park and Curry Company.
Laura was not a "Happy Camper' when a bear ate all her food.
by Amadscientist April 10, 2009
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Perhaps one of the most misunderstood rulers of the ancient world. As polarizing today as perhaps in ancient times.

Julius Caesar began his early life by fleeing the City of Rome when then Dictator Sulla asked for his death. A compromise was made and Caesar was allowed to return.

His campaigns as a Roman General are some of the greatest triumphs in Military History.

From His conquering of Gaul (modern day France)and Britain to his Consulship along side his rival Pompey Magnus, Caesar was well known and popular with the people of the Republic.

When he was assassinated by the Senate, history was repeating itself as the Roman Senate had already accomplished the same with several other rulers. This in itself may have been the reason the Republic fell and the Roman Empire began.
Julius Caesar was popular among the Roman Plebeians.
by Amadscientist April 17, 2009
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The birth place of Western Civilization.

Located about 50 miles from the Mediterranean Sea in the center of the Italian peninsula on its west coast is where Ancient Rome began as a small village. It grew to a larger Kingdom quickly and then into the Roman Republic and then the Roman Empire.

Ancient Rome began possible as early as the 10Th century with the founding of the city by the legendary twin brothers Romulus and Remus.

The Ancient Roman Empire was split in two in the 3rd century by the Emperor Diocletian. This created a western and eastern empire which was ruled from the city of Rome. The Emperor controlling the Western Empire and the co-emperor controlling the east. Constantine moved the seat of the empire to Constantinople in 330 AD.

The end of the Western Roman Empire in 476 AD saw the end of the cities power as Europe fell into the Dark Ages.

The Eastern Roman empire continued from its bas in Constantinople until 29 May 1453
The fall of "Ancient Rome" took a thousand years.
by Amadscientist April 11, 2009
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"Rocky Horror" is the creation of one Dr. Frank-N-Furter after he discovered the secret to life...itself!


It is also the shortened version of the titles of both, the British stage play originally produced in 1973 and it's film version which was released in 1975.

This can also be intended to encompass all of the aspects surrounding the following of fans.
1) Rocky Horror you need piece of mind. I want to tell you that you're doing just fine.

2) Oh that Janet Weiss, she's so into "Rocky Horror".
by Amadscientist April 05, 2009
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The HBO original Television series with political Commentator and comedian, Bill Maher.

In 2002 Maher was the subject of controversy when on his original "Politically Incorrect's September 17 show, had guest Dinesh D'Souza disputing the Bush's label of calling the 9-11 terrorists, "Cowards". She said the terrorists were warriors. Maher agreed and replied "We have been the cowards, lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away. That's cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want about it, it's not cowardly".

His show was canceled on ABC and Real Time premiered on HBO on February 21, 2003
Bill Maher out lasted President Bush when his show "Real Time with Bill Maher" was picked up for another season in 2009.
by Amadscientist April 19, 2009
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