Blog Profile / TYWKIWDBI

Filed Under:Humor / odd
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Archived Since:August 16, 2008

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2 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

Gifs of children eating dark chocolate for the first time.Last year a Washington Post columnist wrote an article describing Red Lake County, Minnesota as the "worst place to live" in the United States. Now he lives there. Happily. He...Show More Summary

Gleanings from The Pickwick Papers

4 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

I've recently returned from a four day trip, during which I had time finally to read the 900 pages of my paperback copy of Dickens' The Pickwick Papers. I have kept that book on my shelf since the 1960s, primarily to be able to cite the many references to Joe ("the fat boy") as an example of obstructive sleep apnea. Show More Summary

The first known use of indigo dye

4 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

This square of striped cotton, and a few others like it, represents the first known instance of people using indigo to dye a textile blue.The ancient Peruvian fabric is more than 1,500 years older than the earliest known Egyptian fabrics...Show More Summary

Draft horse gear

4 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

Found at Modern Farmer. Those interested should read Harness the Power of Draft Horses.Cheaper than tractors, draft horses will toil for 30 to 40 hours a week on a simple diet of grass and hay, then export fertile manure—instead of guzzling fossil fuels and belching diesel exhaust...In other words, horse-powered farming requires serious patience. Show More Summary

Kudos to this cafeteria worker

4 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

The Canon-McMillan school district in Pennsylvania does not allow students to have a hot meal if their families have a debt of more than $25, but that new policy caused lunchroom staffer Stacy Koltiska to quit last week. Koltiska was...Show More Summary

Anticipating the first debate

4 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

"These debates would be must-watch TV because they would be the most extreme contrast of personal, intellectual, and political styles in America’s democratic history. Right brain versus left brain; gut versus any portion of the brain at all; impulse versus calculation; id versus superego; and of course man versus woman. Show More Summary

The "Pillars of Creation"

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"The pillars are composed of cool molecular hydrogen and dust that are being eroded by photoevaporation from the ultraviolet light of relatively close and hot stars. The leftmost pillar is about four light years in length. The finger-like...Show More Summary

The mystery of the "cotton" in the window frame

last weekHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

The arrival of September at our latitude marks the time when windows closed all summer can be opened to admit cool night air. As I opened the window on our guest room, I was startled to see a wad of cotton-like material tumble from the...Show More Summary

A history of playground equipment

last weekHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

Excerpts from a longread at Collectors Weekly:[R]emoving and replacing playground equipment takes money, so a certain amount of vintage playground equipment survived into the next millennium—but it’s vanishing fast. Fortunately, Brenda...Show More Summary

The problem with cold-pressed juice

last weekHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

The real cost of the juicing fad? Food waste. Tons of it.Linked with fasting, “cleanses,” and the raw-food movement, these fruit and vegetable drinks continue to skyrocket in popularity, whether made-to-order like mine or bottled, pressure treated, and refrigerated for purchase within a few weeks. Show More Summary

A solid gold toilet

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And fully functional.New York’s Guggenheim museum unveiled its latest installation on Friday – a solid gold toilet titled America. The toilet, which the Guardian can confirm is fully functioning, is the work of Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan... Show More Summary

Aquagenic urticaria

last weekHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

Before reading this, I would not have believed that it would be possible to be hypersensitive to water.This is the world of Rachel Warwick, who is allergic to water... Any contact with water whatsoever – even her own sweat – leaves Rachel with a painful, swollen and intensely itchy rash which can last for several hours... Show More Summary

A visit to the art museum

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From a collection of several hundred of humorous photos from LIFE magazine.

Lachryphagous lepidoptera and hymenoptera - updated

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The incomparable David Attenborough narrates the video.I've previously reported about lachryphagous moths, including this interesting cited observation: "The highly specialized Lobocraspis griseifusa does not wait for an animal’s eyes to moisten. Show More Summary

Mommy, what's a polyamorous Christian socialist utopia ?

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Founded in 1848, and in operation for just over three decades, the Oneida Community was profoundly revolutionary for its time, paving the way for advances in women’s and workers’ rights. At the commune headquartered on the Oneida River in upstate New York, women cut their hair short, ditched the corset, and did the same work as the men. Show More Summary

The origin of the phrase "No soap"

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Explained at World Wide Words:A speaker usually means by it that there’s no chance of something happening or no hope of some outcome, that the enquirer is out of luck or more generally that some request is being denied...The first examples of the idiom appear near the end of the First World War in letters home from draftees. Show More Summary

How to put on a torc

last weekHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

Basically, you fit the torc around your neck by applying torque to it. First the definition:A torc, also spelled torq or torque, is a large rigid or at least stiff neck ring in metal, made either as a single piece or from strands twisted together. Show More Summary

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