I've heard of drinking water through cloth to remove particulates, but I can't see how it could possibly lower the salt content of seawater. Other reports indicate that he did capture some rainwater, and maybe the flesh of any fish he could catch would be less hypertonic than seawater (?). But he did survive 49 days adrift.
Are these "clam gun" pipes new? It's been decades since I was involved in any clam-digging, but all I remember from that era were conventional shovels and frustrating chases after clams that were deep and disappeared quickly.
Apparently totally ignorant of the U.S. Flag code, which states in article 8j:
No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic
uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military
personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations.
The New York Times reports on a boy who was thought to have a neurologic etiology for his speech problem, until a dentist noticed that the boy's tongue was fixed to the floor of his mouth by a tight frenulum.
“My husband and I were the only ones that could understand him.” That
all changed in April 2017, when Dr. Amy Luedemann-Lazar, a pediatric
dentist, was performing unrelated procedures on Mason’s teeth. She
noticed that his lingual frenulum, the band of tissue under his tongue, was shorter than is typical and was attached close to the tip of his tongue, keeping him from moving it freely.
Dr. Luedemann-Lazar ran out to the waiting room to ask the Motzes if she could untie Mason’s tongue using a laser. After
a quick Google search, the parents gave her permission to do so. Dr.
Luedemann-Lazar completed the procedure in 10 seconds, she said.
After his surgery, Mason went home. He had not eaten all day. Ms. Motz
heard him say: “I’m hungry. I’m thirsty. Can we watch a movie?”
Four months have passed since the last "Trump Clump," designed to cluster Trump-related
links into a single post so that Trump supporters can easily skip over
one post, and even more
importantly to free up the rest of the blog from this often-depressing subject
matter. Time for one massive cleansing effort.
"President Donald Trump hired hundreds of undocumented Polish immigrants to demolish a New York City building in 1980 and paid them as
little as $4 an hour without providing proper safety equipment to do
the job, court documents show. The workers and their contractor,
William Kaszycki of Kaszycki & Sons, sued Trump for unfair labor
practices in 1983. After litigation dragged on for 15 years, Trump
ultimately paid $1.375 million to settle the case. The settlement was kept under seal for nearly two decades. But last
week, in response to a motion filed by Time Inc. and the Reporters
Committee for Freedom of the Press, U.S. District Court Judge Loretta A.
Preska ordered the documents be made public."... During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump frequently boasted that, while he had been sued many times, he had “never settled.” He also campaigned extensively on calls to hire American workers while cracking down on illegal immigration. "
Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, one of the 11 members of the commission formed by President Trump to investigate supposed voter fraud, issued a scathing rebuke of the disbanded panel on Friday,
accusing Vice Chair Kris Kobach and the White House of making false
statements and saying that he had concluded that the panel had been set
up to try to validate the president’s baseless claims about fraudulent
votes in the 2016 election.
This is an actual quote (video here): ??what is he saying?? (trying to say)
On 9/11/2001 - the day the planes hit the Twin Towers - Donald Trump was interviewed live on a radio program:
A little more than a minute later, Marcus asked
whether Trump’s 40 Wall Street building had suffered any damage. Before
getting into his response about his Financial District property, the
businessman had something he wanted on the record.
Wall Street actually was the second-tallest building in downtown
Manhattan, and it was actually, before the World Trade Center, was the
tallest — and then, when they built the World Trade Center, it became
known as the second tallest,” Trump said in the WWOR interview. “And now it’s the tallest.”
In 2013 I blogged about "Medical nipple tattoos," and two years ago featured an elaborate floral breast tattoo ("Because there's no nipple, I can blast it everywhere all over Facebook
and Instagram, and they can't censor it, which I think is really funny,"
This week The Guardian explored the subject in a little more depth, featuring photos and brief self-stories by seven women who have chosen breast tattoos after surgery. For each of them the acquisition of the tattoo was an empowering act that enhanced their self-esteem, allowing them to become more comfortable with and more in control of their body transformation.
The biggest revelation was that I had been avoiding looking at myself in
the mirror. I had been averting my eyes from my chest and scar, without
realising it. A weight was lifted, and suddenly I had this beautiful
piece of art.
More at the link, including some contact information for artists.
It's not totally fanciful. Here are some excerpts from an NPR article:
Norins is quick to cite sources and studies supporting his claim, among them a 2010 study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery showing that neurosurgeons die from Alzheimer's at a nearly 2 1/2 times higher rate than the general population.
Another study from that same year, published in The Journal of the American Geriatric Society, found that people whose spouses have dementia are at a 1.6 times greater risk for the condition themselves.
Contagion does come to mind. And Norins isn't alone in his thinking. In 2016, 32 researchers from universities around the world signed an editorial in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease
calling for "further research on the role of infectious agents in
[Alzheimer's] causation." Based on much of the same evidence Norins
encountered, the authors concluded that clinical trials with
antimicrobial drugs in Alzheimer's are now justified...
Tanzi believes that in many cases of Alzheimer's, microbes are
probably the initial seed that sets off a toxic tumble of molecular
dominoes. Early in the disease amyloid protein builds up to fight
infection, yet too much of the protein begins to impair function of
neurons in the brain. The excess amyloid then causes another protein,
called tau, to form tangles, which further harm brain cells.
as Tanzi explains, the ultimate neurological insult in Alzheimer's is
the body's reaction to this neurotoxic mess. All the excess protein revs
up the immune system, causing inflammation — and it's this inflammation
that does the most damage to the Alzheimer's-afflicted brain...
Remember when we thought ulcers were caused by stress?" Ulcers, we now know, are caused by a germ.
Wherein an English major confronts a problem with modern technology and shares the solution with his readers.
I selected the iPhone SE for its smaller and more convenient size and (relative) affordability. I was totally pleased with it until the phone began developing battery problems, about the same time in 2017 that Apple announced the implementation of a discounted battery replacement program that included the SE.
What I noticed was that my phone occasionally had problems charging. Sometimes when I plugged in the lightning-to-USB cable I would return to find the battery charge level unchanged (or lower). I switched from charging it off the iMac USB port to charging it off a wall outlet via an adapter. Sometimes the phone charged, sometimes it didn't.
So in I went to the Apple store earlier this summer, where the a staff member ran full diagnostics on the battery. "Nothing wrong with your battery." All of the diagnostics accessible via the Settings>Battery>Battery Health menu (maximum capacity, peak performance capability) were within normal limits - as were all of the additional parameters that the technician was able to measure with their in-house proprietary program.
I thought perhaps my charging cable was defective, so I bought another one. Sometimes when I charged the phone in an upright position, with its weight on the connector the charging "took," which made the cable-port connection more suspicious. Also, sometimes when I plugged it in, the phone would blink "on" with the icon, then go quiet, then blink "on" again in a repeating cycle. This would stop if I wiggled the cable just right.
So back I went this week, taking the charging cable with me. The young lady who helped me solved the problem in five minutes. First she checked the metrics, which were all normal. Then when I suggested maybe the port needed to be replaced, she said looked at my cable-phone connection and announced "it's much easier than that." She pointed out that the plastic "collar" at the end of the cable was not flush with the body of the phone when it was plugged in.
That was the key observation. I had noticed some "play" in that connection and had wondered if the port was damaged. The solution was way simpler than that. She reached in her pocket, pulled out what looked like an otoscope, and peered into the port. "It's pocket lint. We'll fix it right here." She then took out a short handled, soft-bristled brush and began poking away at the port, stopping at intervals to blow dust off the bristles.
The problem of course was that lint from my pants pocket had slowly accumulated in the port. Each time I plugged the lightning-to-USB cable into the phone, I was gradually packing that lint into the base of the port, eventually disrupting the electrical connection. Two minutes of vigorous brushing solved the problem: the cable connected with click, totally flush with the phone.
I decided to write this up for the blog because I suspect some readers may encounter a similar situation (and this probably goes cross-platform to phones other than iPhones.) To prepare the post I searched for "pocket lint" plus iPhone and immediately found an article that describes the problem and the solution.
On my iPhone 5, I noticed it “chirped” that it was plugged in while
already plugged in. After narrowing down the possible maneuver to cause
this to happen, I noticed that my Lightning cable had a bit of play in
it, but only going to the right. If pushed right, it would stop
charging, pushed back it would resume charging...
In the past with my iPods and iPhones, there was a bit of lint build
up, but it often fell out. It seems with the Lightning Connector,
plugging a cable in smashes the lint even deeper in the phone and I had
some nasty buildup. I’ve used compressed air before, but it didn’t seem
to really remove much. I used an unbent small paperclip to carefully
scrape the inside of the port, avoiding the actual pins (do this at your
own risk), and was amazed the amount of things that I was able to pull
I had asked the Apple tech about using compressed air at home, as I do with the keyboard, but she suggested a brush tends to work better. My search also revealed that "dust plugs" are available.
In retrospect, the reason I didn't find the solution the many times I searched for "battery problems" is that this wasn't a battery problem. So I thought I'd post the problem and solution here today for the benefit of those readers who may also be non-techy English majors.
Interesting story about Pat Metheny: "While playing at a club in Kansas City, he was approached by Bill Lee, a dean at the University of Miami,
and offered a scholarship. After less than a week at college, Metheny
realized that playing guitar all day during his teens had left him
unprepared for classes. He admitted this to Lee, who offered him a job
to teach instead, as the school had recently introduced electric guitar
as a course of study."
[Kali] Kushner, 23, from Cincinnati, Ohio, began documenting her struggle with acne on the Instagram account@myfacestory – her experience with the drug Accutane,
dermarolling, makeup, scarring, hyperpigmentation, alongside all the
ways people have responded to her acne, from her husband, who has been
steadfastly supportive, to the traffic police officer who assumed she
was a junkie. To her surprise, people began following. Today, with more
than 50,000 followers, she makes up part of the growing acne positivity
After years of oppressive aesthetic perfection, acne positivity is a
drive for people to be more open about their skin problems, from the
occasional spot to full-blown cystic acne. It joins recent moves to
celebrate the many and varied appearances of our skin – from vitiligo
to freckles and stretch marks – but also seeks to educate those who
still believe that acne is a problem for the unwashed and unhealthy...
He tells of a US study
in which participants were shown a selection of photographs of
high-school students with skin problems, as well as photographs of the
same students with their acne airbrushed out, and asked for their
impressions. The results, Shergill says, showed that “as soon as you
have any disfigurement on your face, you get viewed as an introverted
While many regard acne as a teenage affliction, it can evolve into
adulthood. An estimated 25% of all women over 30 still have the
Not just on a boulevard or two, but for all of the central city.
Miguel Anxo Fernández Lores has been mayor of the Galician city since
1999. His philosophy is simple: owning a car doesn’t give you the right
to occupy the public space.
“How can it be that the elderly or children aren’t able to use the
street because of cars?” asks César Mosquera, the city’s head of
infrastructures. “How can it be that private property – the car –
occupies the public space?”
Lores became mayor after 12 years in opposition, and within a month
had pedestrianised all 300,000 sq m of the medieval centre, paving the
streets with granite flagstones. “The historical centre was dead,” he says. “There were a lot of
drugs, it was full of cars – it was a marginal zone. It was a city in
decline, polluted, and there were a lot of traffic accidents. It was
stagnant. Most people who had a chance to leave did so. At first we
thought of improving traffic conditions but couldn’t come up with a
workable plan. Instead we decided to take back the public space for the
residents and to do this we decided to get rid of cars.”
They stopped cars crossing the city and got rid of street parking, as
people looking for a place to park is what causes the most congestion.
They closed all surface car parks in the city centre and opened
underground ones and others on the periphery, with 1,686 free places.
They got rid of traffic lights in favour of roundabouts, extended the
car-free zone from the old city to the 18th-century area, and used
traffic calming in the outer zones to bring the speed limit down to
The rather unimpressive greenery around our mailbox is a confluent group of rue (Ruta graveolens). Most homeowners opt for mailbox plantings that are a bit more colorful and showy. We like the rue because this shrubby perennial tolerates poor soil in hot dry conditions (next to an asphalt road and concrete driveway) and because it is a primary food plant for the caterpillars of the Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes).
Earlier in the season the plants are covered with tiny yellow blossoms...
... which, while unspectacular to the human eye, are complex clusters of five-petaled flowers that are very attractive to bees. We seldom see Black Swallowtail butterflies on the rue (they tend to nectar on larger flowers elsewhere in the garden), but we know females have visited the rue and oviposited there because in September the caterpillars start appearing on the upper outer branches.
What we see are the late-stage instars, mature caterpillars that are starting to look for a place to form a chrysalis. They seem to know that the greenery of the rue will die back in the winter, leaving only the woody central stems, and they need a secure place for the chrysalis if they are to live through a Wisconsin winter.
When we find the caterpillars, we bring them to our screen porch, which offers them protection from predatory wasps, ants, spiders, etc., and we give them some clippings of the rue for a final snack, and more importantly a variety of sticks they can use for pupation. In the above photo the two caterpillars have chosen a stick from a birch tree, and the one on the right has already formed its "J", with a silk harness going from the stick around behind its "shoulders."
Several days later (the larger cat having moved on), the caterpillar is now fully pupated, attached at the bottom with some glued adhesive [higher on the stick is a remnant from a prior year's successful sequence], and supported by that amazing little silk sling.
We have eight of these now on the screen porch. The terrarium will be placed where the chrysalises can be snowed on (I think they might need some moisture in the winter to avoid desiccation), and they will live through sub-zero temperatures, will freeze and thaw (perhaps several times), and in the spring...
I've seen metamorphosis countless times, and it never fails to fascinate me. And the beauty of these creatures up close in just incredible. Here's a view of the underside of the wings -
And then follows the to-me-incredible event when a creature that in its entire previous life crawled around in a small plant, now lets go of a stick and "knows" how to fly. And eyes that have never before focused more than millimeters away can now locate food and mates at dozens of meters.
You don't have to be a child to retain a sense of wonder with regard to the natural world.
All of the embedded images come from a remarkable gallery of 24 award-winning photos in the 2017 Nikon Small World competition. Please visit the link to learn what the depicted subjects are, and to enjoy the rest of the gallery.
Fjaðrárgljúfur (pronounced [ˈfjaːðraurˌkljuːvʏr̥]) is a canyon in south east Iceland which is up to 100 m deep and about 2 kilometers long, with the Fjaðrá river flowing through it. The canyon has steep walls and winding water. Its origins dates back
to the cold periods of the Ice Age, about two million years ago. It is
located near the Ring Road, not far from the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. The canyon was created by progressive erosion by flowing water from glaciers through the rocks and palagonite over millennia.
Via the EarthPorn subreddit. I quite enjoyed this tongue-in-cheek clarification: "For those confused, it's pronounced 'flglhlhaldhslflr.'"
Deutscher's father said she could name the notes on a piano by the age of two.
She was given her first violin for her third birthday, and was playing
Handel sonatas within a year.
Earlier this year, Deutscher composed a short opera called The
Sweeper of Dreams, which narrowly missed out on making the final of a
contest run by the English National Opera to unearth young, talented
Reposted from 2012 (the embed above shows her performing at age 6) to add this incredible video:
Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first U.S. president I knew of (I was an infant during the Truman administration), and I liked him. He was Pennsylvania Dutch, like my father, and seemed to my youthful mind to be a proper President. Growing up in a household with one parent a Republican and the other a Democrat, I wound up with zero interest in politics per se until my collegiate years, when the events of the late 60s commanded my attention.
I learned more about him yesterday  from an article in The New Republic, which mused about why today's Republicans seldom mention him:
Conservatives had expected that Eisenhower, as the first Republican president since 1932, would repeal the New Deal; instead he augmented and expanded programs like Social Security, thereby giving them bipartisan legitimacy as well as added effectiveness. Conservatives had expected that the president would support Senator Joseph McCarthy’s crusade to tar all liberals as pro-Communist; instead he denied McCarthy the authority to subpoena federal witnesses and receive classified documents, thereby precipitating the red-baiter’s overreach and fall.
Eisenhower governed as a moderate Republican. While he failed to take bold action against Southern segregation as Democratic liberals and Republican progressives urged him to do, he helped to cool the overheated partisan rhetoric of the preceding two decades and built a middle-of-the-road consensus that marginalized extremists of left and right. He was well aware that his moderation earned him the implacable enmity of GOP conservatives. As he put it, “There is a certain reactionary fringe of the Republican Party that hates and despises everything for which I stand.” But this did not greatly bother him, since he also believed that “their number is negligible and they are stupid.”
The conservative movement’s tablet-keepers have long memories, so it’s unsurprising that Ike has remained a devil figure for the right. What may seem more surprising is that at a moment when Republicans are posing as stalwart defenders of a balanced federal budget, they dismiss the example of the most fiscally conservative president of the past eighty years. Eisenhower balanced the budget three times in his eight years in office, a feat that neither Ronald Reagan nor George W. Bush came close to achieving. Ike cut federal civilian employment by 274,000 and reduced the ratio of the national debt to GNP, though not the absolute level of debt. The economy bloomed under his watch, with high growth, low inflation, and low unemployment.
But Eisenhower’s economic success matters little to today’s Republicans given his deviations from conservative orthodoxy. Ike disdained partisanship, praised compromise and cooperation, and pitched his appeals to independent voters. He approved anti-recessionary stimulus spending, extended unemployment compensation, and raised the minimum wage. He pioneered federal aid to education and created the largest public-works program in history in the form of the interstate highway system. He levied gasoline taxes to pay for the highway construction, and believed that cutting income taxes when the federal government was running a deficit would be an act of gross fiscal irresponsibility. The Republican presidential candidates who are beating the drum to bomb Iran are in stark contrast with Eisenhower’s refusal to intervene in Vietnam. And conservative hawks find something vaguely pinko about Ike’s drive to restrain the pace of the arms race and his famous warning about the dangers of the “military-industrial complex.”
In fairness to today’s Republicans, Eisenhower’s values—prudence, pragmatism, reasonableness, frugality, and respect for the past—find little resonance on either side of our present partisan divide, or in American culture as a whole.
Some day I should read a full biography of him; I'm open to suggestions as to which one to choose.
At a White House stag dinner
in February 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower shocked the new chief
justice of the United States. Earl Warren was Eisenhower’s first
appointment to the Supreme Court and had been sworn in just four months
earlier. Only two months into his tenure, Warren had presided over oral
arguments in the blockbuster school-segregation case Brown v. Board of Education.
As of the dinner, the case was still under advisement. Yet Eisenhower
seated Warren near one of the attorneys who had argued the case for the
southern states, John W. Davis, and went out of his way to praise Davis
as a great man. That alone would have made for an awkward evening. What
happened next made it fateful. Over coffee, Eisenhower took Warren by
the arm and asked him to consider the perspective of white parents in
the Deep South. “These are not bad people,” the president said. “All
they are concerned about is to see that their sweet little girls are not
required to sit in school alongside some big black bucks.”
was an appalling moment. Here was the president leaning on the chief
justice about a pending case while using the racist terms of an
overseer. Several of Eisenhower’s admirers have attempted to downplay
the encounter, but reports confirm that he used racially charged
language in private. The incident left such an impression that Warren
recounted it in his memoirs some 20 years later. Ever decorous, he
sanitized the slur from “black bucks” to “overgrown Negroes,” but in his
biography, Super Chief, Bernard Schwartz, one of Warren’s
confidants, recorded the actual phrase in all its rotten vinegar. Warren
had been a prosecutor and a governor, and was no choirboy; he had heard
bigoted language before. Yet as the chief justice, he embodied the
impartiality of the entire federal judiciary. He was a man who believed
in fairness and dignity. The president’s words had shaken him...
[after the Brown decision] Eisenhower pointedly refused to endorse it. Instead he delivered this
bafflingly terse answer to a reporter’s question: “The Supreme Court has
spoken, and I am sworn to uphold the constitutional process in the
country. And I will obey.” There endeth the statement. Eisenhower
offered no comment in support of racial equality, no expression of
solidarity with African Americans, and no sign of agreement with the
...Eisenhower freely praised the Court’s decisions in other contexts, including, as a candidate, Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer
(1952), which invalidated President Harry Truman’s attempt to seize
control of the steel mills during the Korean War. And Eisenhower
abandoned restraint and threw himself into causes that seemed closer to
his heart than civil rights, such as the fight for a balanced budget.
During violent melees in protest of Brown, Eisenhower temporized,
speaking in private of the need to “understand the southerners as well
as the Negroes,” and denouncing “extremists on both sides”—a familiar
equivalence that elevated racist mobs to the status of civil-rights
Sadly, if every president forfeits all civil-rights recognition by using
racist language in the ugly spirit of his age, then Abraham Lincoln and
Lyndon Johnson must go as well. Eisenhower acted to desegregate the
armed forces and took strong steps to desegregate Washington, D.C. After
procrastinating, he decisively enforced Brown by sending federal troops
to Little Rock, Arkansas, to face down Governor Orval Faubus. The
president lent his support, with mixed success, to the effort to pass
the Civil Rights Act of 1957...
Eisenhower believed in incremental change, driven by social progress
rather than law. He demanded intolerable levels of patience from African
Americans, who had already waited centuries for equality. Warren, by
contrast, recognized that America’s formative pathology—its racism—was a
terminal cancer that must be dealt with urgently. He engineered the
boldest stroke against segregation since Reconstruction.
Dystopia starts with 23.6 inches of toilet
paper. That’s how much the dispensers at the entrance of the public
restrooms at Beijing’s Temple of Heaven dole out in a program involving
facial-recognition scanners—part of the president’s “Toilet Revolution,”
which seeks to modernize public toilets. Want more? Forget it. If you
go back to the scanner before nine minutes are up, it will recognize you
and issue this terse refusal: “Please try again later.”
China is rife with face-scanning technology... When a camera mounted above one of 50 of the city’s busiest
intersections detects a jaywalker, it snaps several photos and records a
video of the violation. The photos appear on an overhead screen so the
offender can see that he or she has been busted, then are cross-checked
with the images in a regional police database. Within 20 minutes,
snippets of the perp’s ID number and home address are displayed on the
crosswalk screen... The system seems to be working: Since last May, the number of jaywalking
violations at one of Jinan’s major intersections has plummeted from 200
a day to 20...
... in Beijing, customers stand in front of a screen, have their face
scanned, and receive menu
suggestions based on their age, sex, and facial expression...
The technology’s veneer of convenience conceals a dark truth: Quietly
and very rapidly, facial recognition has enabled China to become the
world’s most advanced surveillance state. A hugely ambitious new
government program called the “social credit system” aims to compile unprecedented data sets,
including everything from bank-account numbers to court records to
internet-search histories, for all Chinese citizens. Based on this
information, each person could be assigned a numerical score, to which
points might be added for good behavior like winning a community award,
and deducted for bad actions like failure to pay a traffic fine. The
goal of the program, as stated in government documents, is to “allow the
trustworthy to roam everywhere under heaven while making it hard for
the discredited to take a single step.”..
“People in China don’t know 99.99 percent of what’s going on in terms of
state surveillance,” she says. “Most people think they can say what
they want and live freely without being monitored, but that’s largely an
A panel of scientists that advises North Carolina’s Coastal Resources
Commission, a state policy panel, said coastal communities should plan
for about 39 inches of sea level rise by 2100 based on seven scientific
That drew a backlash from a coastal economic development
group called NC-20 that called it fake science. The group said making
development take into account 39 inches of sea level rise could
undermine the coastal economy, raise insurance costs and turn thousands
of square miles of coastal property into flood plains that could not be
“The science panel used one model, the most extreme in the world,”
McElraft said. “They need to use some science that we can all trust when
we start making laws in North Carolina that affect property values on
To be precise, their discussion at that time was about long-term climate change, not hurricane preparedness (more discussion at the via). But their insistence on promoting coastal development will have its karma tested this week.
In 2017 I featured a video by this guy (private individual, not a Weather Channel or NOAA employee) because his daily video updates were detailed but concise (I have no tolerance for television reports that show endless loops and reporters that lean into the wind).
Embedded above is last night's analysis of Florence. At about the 5:00 mark he explains the elements that are affecting the direction of the eye's movement.
"One of the strangest landscape elements of the Alps are the so-called earth pyramids of South Tyrol. Especially during foggy conditions these pillars appear like from another world. I spent several hours on-location to capture the change of colors and light from dawn till noon."
A hoodoo is a tall, thin spire of rock that protrudes from the bottom of an arid drainage basin or badland.
Hoodoos typically consist of relatively soft rock topped by harder,
less easily eroded stone that protects each column from the elements.
Hoodoos (peribacası) are also found in the Cappadocia region of Turkey, where houses have been carved into the formations. The hoodoos were depicted on the reverse of the Turkish 50 new lira banknote of 2005–2009. In French, the formations are called demoiselles coiffées (ladies with hairdos) or cheminées de fées (fairy chimneys).
Etymology of the English word uncertain - probably corruption of voodoo, implying magical cause. Photo via.