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Archived Since:August 16, 2008

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yesterdayHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

I'm tired of blogging, and I'm scheduled to give a lecture next weekend, so I'll plan to use much of this coming week to get materials ready for that. You guys are on your own for a while.

Nazi-grave robbers are not Nazi grave-robbers

yesterdayHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

The distinction is explained at Bloomberg Business Week:“In Latvia, it is normal for you to have dead soldiers on your yard,” Esmits said. “When people came back to their homes after the war, they saw there was a dead soldier here and...Show More Summary

Metabolic markers for chronic fatigue syndrome. Fascinating.

yesterdayHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

Excerpt from an abstract at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science:We targeted 612 metabolites in plasma from 63 biochemical pathways by hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography, electrospray ionization, and tandem mass spectrometry in a single-injection method. Show More Summary

Bees are endangered. Or not.

yesterdayHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

First, from USA Today:A bumblebee is now on the endangered species list for the first time in a "race against extinction," the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday.The agency placed the rusty patched bumblebee on the list because of a dramatic population decline over the past 20 years. Show More Summary

"Flash in the pan" explained

yesterdayHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

The flash pan or priming pan is a small receptacle for priming powder, found next to the touch hole on muzzleloading guns. A small amount of finely ground gunpowder is placed in the flash pan and ignited. The flash of flame travels through...Show More Summary

The power to arrest peaceful demonstrators

yesterdayHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

Claiming people are being paid to riot, [Arizona] Republican state senators voted Wednesday to give police new power to arrest anyone who is involved in a peaceful demonstration that may turn bad — even before anything actually happened...But...Show More Summary

Golf: 25 hours. Foreign relations: 21 hours

yesterdayHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

Donald Trump regularly assailed President Barack Obama for playing golf, then spent the first weekends of his own presidency doing just that. He attacked Obama for using Air Force One to campaign, and did it over the weekend just a month into the job. Show More Summary

Goodbye to "Arbroath"

3 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

I started TYWKIWDBI in 2007, and within a couple months I had found my way to Nothing To Do With Arbroath, one of the best-known and best-loved blogs on the internet. Kevin Norman Gray harvested the news sites of the world to collect oddities and ephemera. Show More Summary

Locate structurally deficient bridges near you

3 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

The Washington Post offers an interactive map which lets you click on your county and then zoom in to identify bridges that have been deemed structurally deficient (and others that are "functionally obsolete.")

"Megachiropteran cinematographer"

3 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

Wordsmiths interested in anagrams will find an interesting study at the Universe of Discourse. Examples of some of the more interesting long ones include -7 admirer married 7 admires sidearm 8 negativism timesaving 8 peripatetic precipitate...Show More Summary

"Biotwang" emanating from the Mariana Trench

3 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

YouTube link. Discussion: After months of speculation, scientists have finally identified the most likely source of a creepy audio recording from the deepest part of the ocean... [it] features five different sounds ranging from metallic to biological, and has been nicknamed the Western Pacific Biotwang... Show More Summary

Credit only where credit is due

3 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

In his chapter on word choice, Harold Evans rightly takes issue with the misuse of the term “credit” in news media. In 2014, Boko Haram was “credited” with the kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria. A year later, on the night...Show More Summary

The making of Planet Earth II

4 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

YouTube link. I watched the first episode ("Islands") last night. Excellent. Via Neatorama.

Donald Trump may have dyslexia

5 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

YouTube link. This video presents a very interesting proposition: that Donald Trump has difficulty reading. He has admitted - publicly and unabashedly - that he "doesn't" read (books, reports, briefings) and prefers to get his information from television. Show More Summary


6 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

Snopes confirms that Mencken did make such a pronouncement in 1920 (using the term "downright moron").In this case the attribution to Henry Louis Mencken, a prominent newspaperman and political commentator during the first half of the 20th century, is accurate. Show More Summary

Introducing Zealandia

6 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

Some geologists argue that this area should be acknowledged as our world's eighth continent. It has not previously been recognized because most of it is under water.Geophysical data suggest that a region spanning 5 million square kilometres,...Show More Summary

"Swanga" illustrated

6 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

Many more pix here. This is part of SLAB culture in Houston:Like most automotive hobbies, the Houston SLAB scene starts with the belief that the factory’s work needs improvement... Depreciated American luxury cars are the norm: Cadillacs, Buicks and certain Oldsmobiles are preferred. Show More Summary

Save the frogs !

6 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

Amphibian survival can be a natural biomarker for subtle environmental changes. A poster promoting a frog exhibit at the Vancouver Aquarium reminds everyone why frogs are important.

Early humans didn't just "walk across Beringia"

6 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

Most well-informed people understand that the Americas were populated by early humans who crossed from Asia via the glacial-age land-bridge at Beringia. But too many people have the misconception that once the land bridge formed (when sea levels dropped because oceanic water was tied up in glaciers), humans just marched across to the new world. Show More Summary

Every picture tells a story...

6 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

Image cropped slightly for size from the original at the WTF subreddit, where the location is reported to be Renaissance Festival near Charlotte, North Carolina. (although I prefer the comment "Which Walmart is this?")

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