Whimsy: May 2008 Archives
Photos of Manhattanhenge, aka the Manhattan Solstice, when the setting or rising sun, normally blocked by buildings, is aligned with Manhattan's east-west street grid. It happens again on July 12 at sunset, and at sunrise in December and January.
Earth-friendly lifestyles? "It's all feel-good marketing crap. You're really just another planet consumer, unless you're ready to lie down in a mulch pit right now, and let Nature take over. And even then, the toxins in your body will probably kill whatever tries to grow from your remains."
"If Surly Troll and Swordsman Mouse were Oscar categories, you'd see [Peter Dinklage as Trumpkin and Eddie Izzard as Reepicheep] accepting trophies."
There's hope for us all: "The great oak was once a nut that stood its ground."
The latest collection of odd and intriguing Christian record album covers, this time including a bio and photo of pencil-thin-mustachioed Bill Bright on the sleeve of a 45 of one of his talks.
l337-speak caption fun with the former First Lady: "flop swet: ur soakin init" "wishn it wuz blud n bby fngrs" "PALPATINE '08"
A comprehensive survey of the sources of the legends of King Arthur, Camelot, and the Knights of the Round Table, a summary of Malory's Morte d'Arthur, and many links to other resources.
Telling your SNAFU from your TARFU, JANFU, FUBAR, and BOHICA.
From the March 1998 issue of the Speculative Grammarian, a convincing case that Winnie-the-Pooh was originally written as a roman d'aventure in Gallo-Romance or Old French. (Inspired by this Dwyeropolis entry about the origin of the article in Romance languages.)
A list of 75. (Via Okiedoke.)
"A French doctor is urging his countrymen to give free rein to flatulence, sweating and other bodily taboos to reduce the risk of cancer.... 'Eliminating' the two litres of gas produced a day by the average Frenchman 'is a natural process', he writes, adding that retaining it can be harmful to the intestines. The French, he adds, should 'dare to fart'." (Via Conservative Grapevine.)
Peep, peep! "[T]he 82-year-old monarch did her best to blend into the crowd as she enjoyed a ride in the cab of a miniature steam train this weekend. Travelling incognito, the Queen wore a raincoat, headscarf and glasses as she took the one and a half mile trip around the grounds of [Exbury Gardens], a stately home in Hampshire's New Forest. The Queen had earlier named the little engine [Mariloo] in a private ceremony before climbing aboard the bright blue locomotive."