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In Which I Try to Disburden Texts but Also Thank Reading for Swallowing Up My Problems

That’s “Reading” taking shape as Edith Sitwell’s “hot sun,” that “country giant that has swallowed up all the gold spangles of the dew…and has dried all the haycocks until they are dry and rustling as his own rays.” Mm. (I blame Alexander Pope.) I think if you are reading enough—”enough,” of course, would be a [...]
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What makes dry quicksand so deadly?

Odd : Boing Boing (last year)

Dry quicksand was a mythical substance — normal-looking sand that could swallow you in a flash. That is, until 2004, when scientists made the stuff in a lab. (Mark told you about that development.) In this video, geologist Matt Kuch... Read Post

The limits of animal life on Tatooine

Odd : Boing Boing (18 hours ago)

Maggie Koerth-Baker on why the megafauna of George Lucas' parched desert world makes no sense. It's not the dry heat that's the problem; it's the food supply. Read the rest Read Post

Hot Ginger Ale by Canada Dry

Odd : Laughing Squid (10 months ago)

Canada Dry Hot Ginger Ale is a new carbonated beverage by Coca Cola in Japan which warms up in its own can using technology developed by the company. The drink is a cinnamon and apple-flavored ginger ale and meant for adults. It wil... Read Post


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