First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they nick your terminology whilst draining all meaning from your ideas, then they win

November 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

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What do you think of the word cuspidor? James Joyce said he thought it was the most beautiful word in English. Joyce was one of the poets who oftentimes cared more for melody than meaning.

List words that begin with the letters ”sn.” Don’t just about all have something to do with the nose?

Hardly anybody has even a little something decent to say about Willard L. Bundy. Too bad. After all, what he did goes back a long time. To 1888. That’s when he invented the time clock. But people don’t forget things like that.

Many, maybe even most, of Canada’s lakes still haven’t been named.

Q. Wasn’t it a comic strip cartoonist who dreamed up the girls’ name Sheena?

A. Sheena is the Scottish Jeanne. Since pritnear forever.

The temperature of your toes reveals the rate of your metabolism. Or so claim some medicos. Cold feet, low metabolism. Hot feet, high metabolism.

It’s said of Thomas Edison that he produced a patentable device – on an average – every two weeks of his life.

All the snakes in Tasmania are poisonous.

Q. It’s said the Mayans over 4,000 years ago in their blood rituals used the sharpest knives ever known. What were they made of?

A. Volcanic glass. Obsidian.

Lot of fishermen of the Aegean Sea bait their hooks with lemon peel. And say they do all right.

At least 100,000 people in Europe live all their lives on barges.  read more

ART: Randall Munroe

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