The Faulkner Glossary
contains both local Mississippi dialect words and the "highfalutin" words of conventional English used by the author.
A compilation of Bible verses Christians tend to ignore
explained. "You declare the defendant "not guilty" regardless of the evidence
and let him walk free, "nullifying" the unjust or unfair law... the right to nullify is given to us by the Sixth Amendment
Constitution, the same part of the Bill of Rights that gives us the
right to trial by jury.
From the Norwegian University of Life Sciences
, an examination of the ecosystem inside hollow oak trees
Contrary to established practice (and conventional wisdom), colon carcinoma with mets to the liver may be best managed by transplanting a new liver
Six out of every ten patients who received a new liver were still alive
five years later. This is more than ten times the rate elsewise expected
for colorectal cancer patients with liver metastases.
The website of Oxford Dictionaries asks "How do you pronounce scone?
" (to rhyme with cone
or to rhyme with con
A mother left her 4-year-old son in the car while she went into a store for five minutes. Nothing happened to him. But a lot happened to her
It saddens me to report the cyberdeath of the Cynical-C
blog. After ten years of blogging, Chris wrote his goodbye post several months ago. I was hoping he might experience a change of heart, but apparently the DNR status was irrevocable. Farewells and condolences are in the second post down. On the upside, Chris has left the blog up and there is a huge archive, accessible via the "tags" in the right sidebar.
The Washington Post has an interesting recurring column for grammar geeks
There is a peat bog in the Congo that is the size of England
. No bog bodies so far, because it isn't being harvested. But it is important for the implications on the physics of carbon cycling.
A layman's guide to chlorine
Video of a couple in a truck that gets hit by lightning
(still image screencap at left). They were trapped in the vehicle with the fumes because the doors wouldn't open. No deaths, but oofda...
"...a pair of male brown bears at a zoo in Croatia have been engaging in oral sex--and lots of it..." Explanation, discussion of fellation among animals (with safe-for-work images) at Huffington Post
Meta for the day: A list of lists of lists
Guidelines for exercise by survivors of polio
. Post-polio Health International has a variety of excellent resources.
There are many variants of bikinis
- microkinis, tankinis, trikinis, pubikinis, skirtinis, etc., and Wikipedia has pages for each of them.
Simple repetition can transform speech into song
. Click on these two sound demos at Rob's Webstek
There is a special trick needed to eat tremoços (explained at Oregon Expat
When you read about how the U.S. Postal Service is a money-losing operation, it is crucial to understand that the organization is required by law to continue ridiculous activities
like subsidizing certain shipments to Alaska. "The 12-pack of Coke alone cost the Postal Service $21 to get here."
There are a variety of toilet seats with enhanced functions
in common use worldwide, but unfamiliar to Americans.
Why tap water is better than bottled water
"An end-of-life doula is someone who is trained to comfort and support someone who is dying
. In other words, just as a birth doula accompanies a
baby into this world, an end-of-life doula accompanies a person out of
this world. I wanted to become one."
A link to the Twin Cities Unicycle Club
A theory that there is a secret anagram hidden in the movie "Skyfall"
The key anagram is the cryptic message Silva sends to M shortly before
all mayhem breaks loose: “THINK ON YOUR SINS.” The language is so highly
stylized that I was certain, from the time the words appeared on the
screen of M’s laptop, that there was a message hidden within.
(spoilers at the link for those who haven't seen the movie)
More than you ever needed to know about golf tees
An awesome yellow jacket nest
Solar energy is making quantum leaps forward, at least in Australia; "The impact has been so profound, and wholesale prices pushed down so
low, that few coal generators in Australia made a profit last year
Hardly any are making a profit this year. State-owned generators like
Stanwell are specifically blaming rooftop solar."
A humorous photoessay on why birth control exists
A detailed post about the Triete meridian
- "But there is (was!) also a system of local prime meridians, intended to
serve the limited chonometric needs of the people in their surroundings.
Their august presences have dissipated over time from having been
essential local features and exemplars of the timekeepers’ art, until
now they are little more than atrophied historical appendages, modest
curiosities at best."
The MMR vaccine scare
, and how is was manipulated.
Why you should never use two spaces after a period
. TYWKIWDBI still does, because of 50-year-old touch-typing reflexes I can't control.
The La Madeleine mammoth
(carved on ivory) proves than early man coexisted with the animals.
Top image of a foraminifera (credit Spike Walker) from the Wellcome Awards, via Nag on the Lake.
In the title are the closing sentences from Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian (previously reviewed).