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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

The Tragic Roots of America's Favorite Cherry

quote [ The Chinese Exclusion Act likely exiled the man who first cultivated it. ]

I found this pretty cool. I thought it was someone like Bing Crosby who named it. I like the big, dark cherries when they're nice and cold but bings are pretty good too.
[SFW] [food & drink] [+2]
[by Bob Denver@5:35amGMT] [4 comments]

Friday, 15 June 2018

Lighthouses of North America

quote [ Maps of lighthouses in the United States and Canada ]

A (heh heh) light post. Maps of most of the lighthouses with their histories. Interesting if you are a history buff or if you are on the coast. Also, some of the characters who manned them were a special breed.
[SFW] [history] [+2]
[by Bob Denver@12:23amGMT] [0 comments]

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

America's 'strong relationship with government of Germany'... Oh FFS!

quote [ 'You have six months to educate Heather Nauert on the history and significance of Pearl Harbor before she cites it as an example of strong US-Japan relations' ]

Wow...just wow... okay, there's not a whole lot more that I can contribute to the foregoing assessment (Spoiler alert: State Dept person claims D-Day is evidence of a "long relationship")
[SFW] [politics] [+2]
[by Bob Denver@6:44amGMT] [7 comments]

Saturday, 9 June 2018

The Unspeakable Linguistics of Camp

quote [ When gay and lesbian people had to invent their own languages with which to talk with each other, camp led the way. ]

I've always been fascinated by "secret" languages. I grew up with a diverse linguistic background and, as a child, often spoke a polyglot comprised of Finnish, English, Hindi and French. The polyglot would change depending on the group I was with. Living on the west coast of Canada, there're words that are in regular use that derive from the trade language—"skookum" meaning "big" or "strong"; "chuck' meaning "water" i.e. sea. Polari contributed words that we use even here—"popo" for police; "scarper" to take off or run away.
[SFW] [people] [+3 Interesting]
[by Bob Denver@1:57amGMT] [1 comment]

Thursday, 7 June 2018

The secrets of a diary written on floorboards

quote [ A hidden diary written by a French carpenter provides a rare insight into the private lives of villagers in the late 19th Century. ]

An open but dark secret in a French village. Could be a decent plot for a film.
[SFW] [history] [+6 Interesting]
[by Bob Denver@1:38amGMT] [1 comment]



Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Indian worker can't come to the office because...

quote [ I am doing penance at home by entering the fifth dimension. This work I cannot do in the office. ]

"Vishnu"
"Not much, Vishnu with you?"
[SFW] [religion & spirituality] [+1 Original]
[by Bob Denver@6:49amGMT] [1 comment]

Friday, 4 May 2018

Drinking gin and tonics stops hay fever symptoms

quote [ Hay fever has the ability to render us entirely out-of-action, irritating our eyes, blocking our noses and scratching our throats. But, if you’re on the hunt for a cure this season you might want to forget stockpiling on antihistamines. Instead, a bottle of gin could be the answer. ]

Now, this is real medicine! And it treats malaria! (dramatic sigh) Is there anything "mother's ruin" can't do?!
[SFW] [food & drink] [+3 Informative]
[by Bob Denver@1:58amGMT] [27 comments]

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Christian Conservatives Fight Bid To Toughen Louisiana Anti-Bestiality Law

quote [ “This bill was written because the far left wants to undermine our other laws that protect family and traditional values that the people of Louisiana hold dear,” said Sen. Ryan Gatti, a Republican who was one of 10 senators to vote against the bill. ]

First they came for our children, then they came for our pets and farm animals...
Of course it's not so cut and dried but this really points out the "strange bed-fellowness" of the law
[SFW] [crime & punishment] [+2 WTF]
[by Bob Denver@10:52pmGMT] [10 comments]

Friday, 16 March 2018

Charlie Quintana, Drummer for Cracker, Social Distortion Dies at 56

quote [ El Paso, Texas-born Quintana played with a series of punk bands including The Plugz, Crazados and The Havalinas and toured/recorded with everyone from Bob Dylan and Jond Doe to Joan Osborne and Social Distortion. ]

This time it's personal. Charlie was a good friend of mine. I'll miss him.
[SFW] [obituaries] [+6 Sad]
[by Bob Denver@1:22amGMT] [5 comments]

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

A startup is pitching a mind-uploading service that is “100 percent fatal”

quote [ Nectome will preserve your brain, but you have to be euthanized first. ]

I wonder how many quatloos this will cost...
[SFW] [science & technology] [+7 Funny]
[by Bob Denver@8:35pmGMT] [22 comments]



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