Blog Profile / TYWKIWDBI

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Archived Since:August 16, 2008

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"Jet lightning"

2 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

While watching and photographing this year's Perseid Meteor Shower, something unexpected happened: a gigantic jet erupted from a nearby cloud. The whole thing was over in a flash -- it lasted less than a second -- but was fortunately captured by an already-recording digital camera. Show More Summary

World's oldest gold artifact

2 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

Archaeologists dug up the gold artifact, which is just an eight of an inch in diameter and dates from 4,500–4,600 B.C., at what was believed to be the first urban settlement in Europe. It’s just outside of the modern town of Pazardzhik [Bulgaria]. Show More Summary


2 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

Stuart Dunbar removed the 1.5kg black truffle, which he described as a "beast", from the earth on his property in Yarra Valley, in the state of Victoria. It is thought to be the largest black truffle ever grown in [Australia], a delicacy...Show More Summary

Highly improbable events are commonplace

2 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

In June 2001, on a small farm in Staffordshire, England, a 10-year-old girl named Laura Buxton was celebrating her grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary. At one point, urged by her grandfather, Buxton wrote a note -- “Please returnShow More Summary

Res ipsa loquitur

2 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

The waitress who was stiffed on this tab was born in the United States to a bicultural family. Details at the Washington Post.

"Bagpipe lung"

2 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

A newly-recognized occupational hypersensitivity pneumonitis has been reported in Thorax: This is the first case report identifying fungal exposure, from a bagpipe player, as a potential trigger for the development of HP. The clinical...Show More Summary

"Super fancy dorm rooms at Ole Miss are a thing"

2 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

As reported by the StarTribune:Two first-year students [at the University of Mississippi] turned their drab dorm rooms into a lavish luxury suite complete with tufted upholstered head boards, gold-plated lamps and monogrammed satin pillows -- all coordinated better than a Pottery Barn Teen catalog... Show More Summary

Flotsam, jetsam, lagan, and derelict

2 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

YouTube link. When I watched this video, I tried to think whether it was "flotsam" or "jetsam" that was being created. Neither, actually: Flotsam is floating wreckage of a ship or its cargo. Jetsam is part of a ship, its equipment, or...Show More Summary

The Democrats will NOT retake the House of Representatives

2 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

As explained at Moyers&company:The reason why is simple, structural and too often absent from the conversation: It’s the radical GOP gerrymander imposed after the 2010 census on purplish states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin...Show More Summary

"Reflections of My LIfe" - The Marmalade (1969)

2 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

YouTube link. "Reflections of My Life" was a 1969/1970 hit single for the Scottish band, The Marmalade... The song went on to chart worldwide, reaching number three in the UK in 1969, number 10 in the US in 1970 on the Billboard Hot 100...The guitar solo in Reflections of My Life... Show More Summary

How "honey-infused corpse medicine" is made

6 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

Corpse medicine was a type of remedy produced with the bones, organs, and blood from dead bodies. It is mentioned in ancient medical texts and histories from Greece, China, Mesopotamia, and India. One of the more peculiar accounts of...Show More Summary

How Viennetta is made

6 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

YouTube link. The original Viennetta was a multi-layered product comprising layers of vanilla ice cream with sprayed-on layers of compound chocolate. The layers of ice cream were extruded, one after another, onto trays sitting on a moving belt. Show More Summary

If you find a shoe in your wall...

6 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

... please notify the Northampton Museums and Art Gallery. We keep a concealed shoe index here at the museum. At the moment the index stands at approximately 1,900 entries from all over the U.K and also records concealed shoe finds in North America, Canada, and a number of countries in Europe including France, Spain and Poland. Show More Summary

Death by kite string

6 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

As reported by The Guardian:Two children and a man have died in Delhi after their throats were slit by glass-coated strings used for flying kites on Indian independence day. Sanchi Goyal, three, and a four-year-old identified only as...Show More Summary

A vocabulary test for you

6 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

Ghent University offers an online vocabulary test designed to provide a valid estimate of your English vocabulary size.The test does not require you to define or spell words. Instead you are asked to determine whether an entry ("glyph,"...Show More Summary

Otzi's clothing

6 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

A study newly published in Nature's Scientific Reports uses mitochondrial DNA analysis to determine the animal sources of the various leathers in Otzi's clothing.Results indicate that the majority of the samples originate from domestic...Show More Summary

Door stacks, AKA "the gates of hell"

6 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

YouTube link. YouTube link. The top one appears to have been modified; the second is apparently a more conventional (?) recruitment (?) video. There is a compilation of them here, filmed with the annoying vertical format, a discussion...Show More Summary

"Portrait of a Young Woman"

last weekHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

Portrait of a Young Woman is a painting which is commonly believed to be by the Italian Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli, executed between 1480 and 1485. Others attribute authorship to Jacopo da Sellaio. The woman is shown in profile but with her bust turned in three-quarter view to reveal a cameo medallion she is wearing round her neck. Show More Summary

A bride walks down the aisle...

last weekHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

YouTube link. This brief video has been posted widely, but I thought it was worth preserving here as well. Grab a tissue.


last weekHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

I encountered this new (to me) word in Agatha Christie's The Clocks (1963):"It was just after two o'clock that I walked into the station and asked for Dick. I found him at his desk leafing over a pile of stuff..."You've got a lot of bumf there."I had to look it up: ( Britain, obsolete ) Toilet paper. Show More Summary

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