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  • nyctalopia
    Definition: (noun) Inability to see clearly in dim light; due to a deficiency of vitamin A or to a retinal disorder.
    Synonyms: moon blindness, night blindness.
    Usage: Sharon's nyctalopia was so severe that she needed a flashlight to find light switches at night.

This Day in History

  • Heaven's Gate Cult Members Found Dead (1997)
    Established in 1972, Heaven's Gate was a cult that advocated self-renunciation, to the point of castration, as preparation for the "transition" to a new life on a spaceship, which adherents believed was trailing behind the comet Hale-Bopp. As the comet made its closest approach to Earth, 39 members of the group committed suicide. Authorities found the dead lying neatly in their bunk beds, dressed identically and wearing armbands that read "Heaven's Gate Away Team." How did the group fund itself? Discuss