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Friday, June 18, 2010


  • Christopher Robin said that he wasn't fond of the Winne the Poo books because he couldn't remember which things actually happened to him, and which his dad made up. I'm going to go out on a limb and say the ones with the talking stuffed animals aren't real.
  • The reason old-timey pubs had names like The Prancing Pony and The Sleeping Dragon is that most people were illiterate. They knew the name of the pub based on the picture that was painted on the sign.
  • Ancient Latin doesn't have punctuation, nor spaces between the words.
  • In the bible, Christ calls God Abba. Abba is not the word for father, it's the word for daddy. Similarly, amen didn't mean simply yes, it meant God says this and this is so
  • In the Lord of the Rings books, all of the words spoken by or about hobbits are of anglo-saxon origin. Tolkien selected these words to convey a sense of earthiness and simplicity.
  • I once had a pet mouse who jumped a mile if you made a word that started with the p sound.
  • Mark Twain once went to a phrenologist who knew that he was Mark Twain. The phrenologist told him that he was clever, humorous, and gifted. He then went to a phrenologist who didn't know who he was, and the phrenologist told him he was humorless.
  • Sappho was actually bisexual. Her work contains many love poems written to men. Of course, Elton John's work contains many love songs written about women, so what do I know?
  • The word for mom in almost every language begins with an m. This is largely because the m sound is one of the first sounds babies are able to make. Similarly, I once learned in a speech therapy class that babies start making the g sound when they're tiny, way before they learn any words at all. Later, however, they lose the ability to make the g sound, and don't regain it for several months. Or something like that.
  • The part of our brain that tells us what's socially appropriate is the frontal lobe. When you do something stupid, then smack your forehead, you're actually spanking the part of your brain that should have told you not to do that stupid thing.

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