Brilliant. If I were stuck behind this Prius going up a steep grade...I'd be laughing too hard to mind too much.
Zack's teammate at the San Francisco Fencers Club, David Hadler (on the left in the picture above), won the gold yesterday in the Men's Junior Foil event at the Federation Internacionale d'Escrime's (FIE - the global governing body for the sport of fencing) Pan American Zonal Championships. This is a huge accomplishment in and of itself, even larger considering David took the gold last year in the Cadet Men's Foil event (the event Zack took silver in this past Saturday). The only bigger events in fencing than the FIE Zonals are the World Championships (held annually) and the Olympics (held every four years) - David's having a stellar career as a high school fencing force and it will be exciting to see where he chooses to matriculate next year for college. You can bet this accomplishment makes his odds of good placement/scholarship that much higher.
Its been a good 10 days for Coach Alex Fortunatov (on the right in the picture above), who's fencers took the silver medal in the Team Junior Women's Foil and Team Junior Men's Foil (two of the fencers on that team were David and Zack ) in last weekend's Junior Olympics in Portland, OR...and Danielle Ferndon got the bronze medal for Junior Women's Foil, Zack the silver for Cadet Men's Foil. Not bad, not bad....but I'm sure Alex is happy to see his fencer's grabbing gold and the top spot on the podium.
In celebration of Zack's triumph in Guatemala at the FIE Zonal Championships this weekend, I've posted some pictures of Zack and his teammates at last week's Junior Olympics in Portland Orgeon where Zack and his buddies managed to win the silver medal in the Team Junior Men's Foil event.
Click on a picture above to view the gallery.
Well Zack made the US Team and represented at the FIE (Federation Internationale d'Escrime - the international governing body for the sport of fencing) Zonal Championships (Pan American Zone) in Guatemala City, Guatemala. And the little termite managed to pull a silver medal in the individual Cadet Men's Foil competition. Shown here with his coach, Alex Fortunatov, Zack is justly proud of his accomplishment. On the heels of last week's silver in Team Junior Men's Foil at the Junior Olympics in Portland, OR, this is turning out to be an exciting season for Zack. Its his first year as at the Cadet level, he's doing a lot more travel for BIG events, he's been a Team USA member now....its all good. We are proud of you, Zack!
When my son told me about this viddie, I had to find it. Check out the Imperial forces in Russia (my, why does that sound so familiar?!) Check it out before the IOC shuts this down. :-) As cool as I think Olympic competition is, this definitely kicks it up a whole 'nuther notch!
Click here to see images from the Bay Cup Junior Men's Foil Tournament at Halberstadt Fencing Club (San Francisco) on Sunday February 9, 2014. Zack finished third and eanred his B rating, which is huge as a Cadet and will serve him well next week in seeding at the Junior Olympics.
Last night, The Flaming Lips and Sean Lennon performed "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" on the Late Show With David Letterman. I think its a version that John Lennon would have quite like, particularly the cheeky bit with the eyeballs at the end. Note the mischievous twinkle in his son, Sean's, eye. It's part of the show's musical series this week celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' first performance on the Ed Sullivan Show.
OK....I'm just the right age to have grown up on the bright, benignly psychedelic children’s television shows of Sid & Marty Krofft. Specifically, I'm referring to H.R. Pufnstuf and Sigmund and the Sea Monsters (not Land of the Lost or Lidsville). Were they quirky, off-beat kids' shows that pushed the bounds of the imagination or were they drug-inspired, psychotropic dreams reflective of the off-kilter sensibilities of their time? Its hard to make the final call on their work as brothers and famed puppeteers Sid & Marty Krofft turned their hands to producing television shows and changing television history.
To me, H. R. Pufnstuf was the pinnacle of the Kroffts' productive effluent. Weird? Yes. But any weirder than the Teletubbies? I mean, c'mon: Billy Hayes' Witchiepoo (Wilhelmina W. Witchiepoo) was the classic antagonist, riding around on her jet-powered broom (the Vroom Broom!) and forever trying to steal Jimmy's magic flute, Freddy the Flute, a character recently acclaimed by the New York Times as the first gay character on television. Luring the main character, Jimmy into a magical world just to steal his flute...oh, I can't even begin to start the analysis! Thought they only produced 17 episodes (all available on DVD!), H.R. Pufnstuff made an indelible mark on the psyche of my generation.
Sigmund and the Sea Monsters followed, the story of a young sea monster (played my the inimitable Billy Barty) who is kicked out of his family for refusing to scare people and adopted by two young boys who hide him in their clubhouse. For me, Sigmund's older brothers, Blurp and Slurp, made the show.... of course having Margaret Hamilton (the Wicked Witch of the West from the 1939 film classic The Wizard of Oz) and comedienne Mary Wickes (a notable TV character actor) playing regular parts in the show didn't hurt, either. Like H. R. Pufnstuf, the plot lines were simple: always some means of Sigmund trying to do something to call attention to himself and the boys working to keep him hidden.
I suspect that the brief cultural flirtations we've had recently with hair and clothing styles from the 70's will expand...TVLand or the Cartoon Network would be wise to grab some franchise licenses to introduce a new generation of moppets to the weird and wonderful world of Sid & Marty Krofft. I'm off to see what I can find on YouTube...
Its that time of year again: Fencing season is back. Only this year, it coincides with Zoe's gymnastics season. Previously, they'd been separate as, being a gymnast at the Compulsory level, Zoe's season was in the Fall. Now, she's in the Optional division (Level 7 for those that care) and the season now starts in January, too.
Anyhow, Zack is off at his first World Cup event of the season: the C.E.P. Marathon Fleuret, the oldest and biggest fencing event in the world. Its held in the 13th arrondissement of Paris, and was Zack's first ever World Cup event last year, where he did quite well. The picture above is one we love quite well in Hammer Haus, taken by Cherie on her iPhone. I'm staying Stateside and taking Zoe to her 2nd big gymnastics tournament in Stockton. As much as I'd like to be in Paris enjoying Zack's competition with Cherie, I'm pretty stoked to watch Zoe rock it in the Delta today.
The eldest did well today...going undefeated in the two rounds of pools. He had to finish in the top 20% (of about 250 fencers) to make the cut for tomorrow, and handily made that with a seeding of #9 after pools. That made him the top American. You can view the results here. I don't recognize the top fencer from Singapore, but do remember the #2 seed after pools, Saito from Japan, having seen him last summer at the US National Championships (don't ask how it is that foreign nationals compete at your own country's national championships...old sport, old and arcane rules...).
January 24th, 1984: a seminal date in history, I think. I can so remember, two days before, watching Super Bowl XVII, wherein the reigning NFL champions - the Washington Redskins - were supposed to beat up on the ragtag Los Angeles Raiders. Joe Theisman, John Riggins, Dexter Manley and the boys were going to make short shrift of Jim Plunkett, Marcus Allen, Lyle Alzado and Howie Long (I was rootin' for the Raiders). Instead...the Raiders punished the previous year's Super Bowl CHampions and gave them a beating in front of the world. Its also the day that Ridley Scott's infamous Macinosh debut commercial aired, heralding the arrival of the Macintosh on January 24, 1984 ("On January 24, Apple Computer will introduce the Macintosh. And you'll see why 1984 will not be like 1984).
Of course millions more will remember all this more for the commercial and the significance of the media event more than they will for the significance of the Macintosh. But, for folks like me, Macintosh fundamentally changed our lives. And for the better.
I wasn't a computer geek in 1984...at least, not in the classic sense. I had become a systematic and heavy user of computing for my college work, crunching statistics on an old Sperry Univac housed in the basement of Struve Hall (the Math Building) at UC Davis. You see, back then, if you studied Computer Science, you got a degree in Mathematics (at least at UC Davis...only the leading edge universities in computing, like MIT or University of MIchigan, were offering CS degrees to undergrads back then). As an undergrad in Economics, I was crunching statistical calculations (polynomial regression, for those that care), in a field of Economics called Econometrics...simply put, the part of the field that calculates supply and demand curves. So, we used those big, refrigerator sized computers that required big rooms full of air conditioning so they didn't over heat...and they provided less computing power than exists in your iPhone, shared between dozens of users at a time over a network. Everyone shared a big (yeah...like 5MB!) centralized storage unit (what we now call "the cloud") and we were all delighted that we didn't have to enter data (or programs!) on punch cards. This was the world into which the Macintosh was introduced.
Yes, the Altair had introduced the notion of microcomputing. The Apple II's existence made computing (not only the hardware, but useable software) available to the common man...and IBM was coming off the corporate mountain to help revolutionize the way computing was distributed (and sold) with the IBM PC. But it was the Macintosh, the manic dream of a team of misfits (misfits even within Apple Computer), that fully realized the dream of "an information appliance" (a tip of the hat to Jeff Raskin for coining that term...oh yeah, and for heading up the Macintosh project!). It put the power of computing into the hands of "everyone"" or, at least, made it accessible to everyone, much like the Apple II...but a generation advanced. That seems almost trite today, but it was revolutionary 30 years ago.
Many will point to the GUI (graphical user interface) of the Macintosh as its key defining feature and that which "revolutionized" computing. I'd argue that really reflects the arguments of those driving the businesses of the time and how nascent the whole field of computing was. MS-DOS (the operating system that drove IBM PCs, and later, all the PC clones), CP/M (the other prevalent operating system for micro computers at the time)... MVS, UNIX, etc. were all command line driven interfaces: completely text driven interfaces. In fact, all that computers dealt with, at the time, really was text and numbers. Macintosh was designed, from the processor up, to deal with graphical information, rich information containing a variety of media. The popular argument about the GUI being so revolutionary sort of misses the whole point: it wasn't about being able to drop a pie chart into a newsletter that was displayed WYSIWIG ("what you see is what you get", a term coined by the Macintosh team), it was about managing, presenting, viewing, using information on a computer the way you did otherwise. Force fitting everything into the text-based frame (printed out by a dot-matrix or daisy wheel printer) was not only contrived, but really inefficient. Creating, managing and using information in a fashion more similar to how you did it outside of the computer really needed to be the next breakthrough.
Now, the naysayers claim that Steve Jobs and the Macintosh team ripped off the interface of the Alto (and later the Dandelion) computer from Xerox. But that's just bunk.:
- GUIs were first presented not by Xerox on the Alto...but by Doug Englebart (who brought the whole notion of GUIs to Xerox's PARC facility from the Standard Research Institute) who first demonstrated it in 1968 in The Mother of All Demoes. This same demo also showcased the computer mouse designed by Bill English (upon Englebart's drawings) and developed by Bill Duvall (who wrote the software that sent the first packet over the Internet, developed what became the Macintosh Programmer's Workshop (MPW) and wrote the first C compiler for the Mac (Consulair C)).
- Computer Science, like all engineering, is an evolutionary discipline that builds on the previous developments of others. To blatantly display my engineering bias, I'll state that, by the time the accountants and lawyers can get the licensing in order to allow derivative works, folks like Andy Hertzfeld, Bill Atkinson and Steve Capps are shipping product to customers that fundamentally alter the course of history (sorry, I readily admit that excessive hyperbole dominates those of us who consider ourselves tied tightly to the early days of the Macintosh). In this context "ripping off" is really a term about legal standing with respect to intellectual property and has no more relevance in this context than saying Scott Joplin ripped off his ragtime ideas from Jelly Roll Morton.
- The early GUIs, as demonstrated on the Alto, at SRI's Augmentation Research Center, were, at best, experimental They strove to find their place in the emerging field of human/machine interaction. They were pioneering, seminal, brilliant efforts aimed at evolving the still infant computer interface into something truly useful. The Mac was a mass-market computer aimed at general users. Its graphical user interface, its operating system and applications, its GUI and applications were designed with a totality of the user experience in mind. The interface was an integral part of the value proposition of the Macintosh and established the metaphor represented in icons, a windowing system, the use of a mouse, drag and drop interactivity and the desktop metaphor as the core elements of the next generation of computing experience.<br>
Of course, turning the page on the next generation of computing caused as many problems for Apple Computer, the company that really brought mass-consumer computing to market, as it provided opportunities. The culture of computing was entrenched enough at that point that there was a way things had been done and it was the way things "should" be done. For years, the "Big Iron" guys (the IT professionals whose careers revolved around those refrigerator sized boxes with the computing power of a Timex watch) derided the Macintosh as "a toy" because it was small and cute. Admittedly, the 9" screen wasn't optimized for taking advantage of that lovely graphical user interface...but it did make the computer (A) luggable (you could easily move it from one place to another) and (B) affordable...both of which were revolutionary and have benefited us all subsequently. I can remember that German corporations, in particular, wouldn't trust such a tiny computer. As explained to me by many a good German soul, computers were substantial...big machines that did serious work...not cute little boxes with pretty pictures on the screen. Now, of course, everyone wants it all as small as possible but we can discuss the revolution of mobile computing on another occasion. Suffice it to say, you can see portents of what was to come with the rollout of the Macintosh.
So, happy birthday Macintosh. Thank you Jeff Raskin, Andy Hertzfeld, Bill Atkinson, Bud Tribble, Burrell Smith, Susan Kare, Bruce Crow, Joanna Hoffman, Bruce Horn, Donn Denman, Randy Wigginton,Chris Espinosa, Bob Belleville, Larry Kenyon, Larry Tessler, Steve Jobs and Woz. Thank you all for having a passion and pursuing it…for hoisting the pirate flag on Bandley 5 and making Cupertino hum (not to mention keeping The Good Earth and the 7-11 there in business!). I know you guys know the significance of what you created so I shall not belabor it further here. But thank you. Looking forward to the HyperCard party... :-)
Congratulations to our eldest termite, Zack: Today, the U.S. Fencing Association informed us that Zack was named to the US Cadet Men's Foil Team for the Pan American Games next month. Its a long road for the boy that includes a World Cup event in Paris and the Junior Olympics in Portland before then. Hopefully, he can stay focused and injury free...AND keep his grades up!
Congratulations, Zack. Your hard work is paying off and we are proud of you.
His teammate and good buddy, Keith, (with whom Zack trains at the San Francisco Fencers Club) also was named to the Cadet Men's foil team. David Hadler and Paul Wat were named to the US Junior Men's Foil Team, while Stephanie Kahookele and Michelle Li were named to the U.S. Junior Women's Foil Team (all from SFFC, as well), too. Congrats to all -you six are all great young people and champions! I'm not sure you'll all elect to attend this competition (you're all in such demand!), but congrats on making the grade...that is pretty darned amazing. Its worth pointing out that David Hadler won the gold medal last year for the Men's Cadet Foil division at last year's Pan American event.
Congrats to local fencer, Gerek Meinhardt for just being ranked the #1 Men's Foil fencer in the world today. This is the first time an American has been so named. Pretty darned cool...the same year that his US Teammate, Miles Chamley Watson, becomes the first American to ever win the Gold at the World Championships and the US Men's foil Team (of which Garek and Miles are both members) also grabs the top spot. Congratulations also to Greg Massialas and Cole Harkness, Gerek's coaches at San Francisco's M-Team.
Gerek attended Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco and became the youngest men's national foil champion when he won the tournament at the 2007 U.S. Fencing National Championships at age 16.He was named to the US Olympic team in 2008, the youngest fencer at the games, the youngest Men's fencer ever named to a US Olympic team. He's been cranking it ever since, though he severely injured his knee in 2010. He's since graduated from the University of Notre Dame (a fencing powerhouse, where he helped lead them to a NCAA championship) and is fencing his final year of eligibility there while pursuing his MBA at Notre Dame's Mendoza School of Business.
Its been a banner year for US Men's Foil fencing with Gerek's Team USA colleague, MIles Chamley-Watson, winning gold at the 2013 World Championships in Budapest (the first ever by an American). Gerek's bronze medal finish at last week's CIP World Cup event in Paris earned him the #1 ranking, for the men's individual event in Senior Men's Foil, 2011 Senior World Champion Andrea Cassara (ITA). Impressive, to me particularly, as this comes after Garek missed the 2011 season rehabilitating his knee after significant injury and 2012 was spent trying to recover as well.
I've had the chance to meet Garek and his a personable, kind and respectful individual with an impressive physical presence (he's a big guy). He is, as the Chinook would say, Skookum.
A very good overview of the primary research into the nature of dark matter being conducted at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNOLAB), buried deep in a mine in Ontario, Canada. You may not be particularly interested in particle physics, but this is pretty serious stuff: considering that scientists currently estimate that roughly 24% of our universe is made up of dark matter, answering the question of "what is dark matter?" may be one of the primary scientific questions of our time - and this overview makes it all quite palatable in just eight minutes.
Video, and here's a transcript (because you may just want to refer back to that stuff on WIMPs and MACHOs later).
The critical pieces of history they don't tell you about in school: dd you know that there was a fourth Rice Krispies elf? That his name was "Pow!" and that he was from outer space?
According to Smithsonian.org, they were born in 1928 when artist Vernon Grant was inspired by a Rice Krispies radio jingle describing how the puffed grains "merrily snap, crackle and pop in a bowl of milk," so he drew the three elves and sent them off to Kellogg's ad agency of record. But for a few short years in the 1950s, there was a fourth elf. A space elf! His name? Pow! If not for the Internet, Pow! would be lost to time. He appeared in two TV commercials. "Pow means power and power's nice! Rice Krispies power from whole grain rice!” said the announcer... "Now Pow doesn't say much...he just goes ahead and does things...like putting power into every...lightweight spoonful of Kellogg's Rice Krispies!"
OK, and how much of a hipster is ol' Pop! in his lil' "Where's Waldo?" beanie?
Anti-censorship campaigners have found a novel way of scaling the Great Firewall of China: printing QR codes on bank notes which, when scanned, take people to a site where they can download software that bypasses the country's Internet access restrictions.
According to the Epoch Times, a woman called Mrs. Wu recently noticed something odd about the four one yuan notes in her change at a supermarket in Wuhan. The notes all had QR codes stamped in the top right hand corner, along with the words "Scan and download software to break the Internet firewall."
When the code is scanned with a mobile phone (as device all Chinese people, reportedly, have...particularly now that Apple has teamed up with China Mobile to flog iPhones in the PRC), it directs the user to an Amazon cloud link where software can be downloaded to bypass China's strict Internet censorship. According to the Epoch Times, the QR codes can be downloaded by anyone from a site owned by Dynamic Internet Technology, the firm behind the Freegate firewall-busting software.
The stamps encode a URL for Freegate, a firewall-busting service. The stamps are widely suspected to be the work of Falun Gong. Falun Gong is a spiritual discipline, outlawed in China, which has a history of putting messages on money. They've been accused in the past of Serin gas attacks and generally been targets of the Chinese government's PR machine. As a result,, they have a notable history of actively fighting China's censorship laws and activities.
BoingBoing.net reports that his isn't the first time that anti-corruption messages have been circulated through defaced currency: Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry's fame runs the Stamp Stampede, which stamps messages condemning the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling, which opened the floodgates of unlimited, anonymous political campaign spending.
I've started a new gallery of portraits, which have really turned out to be my favorite kind of image to produce. These are some of my better ones to date. I'll add more if I get good feedback. Enjoy.
OK, I get that most of you couldn't give a flying fig about the sport of fencing. Cool...its not exactly a mainstream pursuit. But we, in Hammerland, are pretty fond of it. The boy's competing around the globe these days, and his Mom is accompanying him to the finer spots (Paris yes, Milwuakee, no)...the old man (yeah, that would be me) is working at it and enjoying it immensely. I found this illustration(click on it to see a larger, more legible version), and thought I'd share. Its a french illustration diagramming the basic fencing positions for each of the three weapons (Foil, Epée and Sabre). Referring to the different positions by number is a key piece of fencing instruction/coaching and the shorthand is an indispensable part of the learning experience. Considering that most Fencing coaches are from another country, where English is not their first language, this can be highly valuable since you may not have heard or understood their explanation (if you, indeed, received it in the first place). Of course, you've got to not only know this stuff, you've got to be able to reverse it in your mind if you or your opponent is left handed.
I gotta admit: I'm kind of liking the whole "bayonet positioning" stuff at the bottom. WWI was raging when this thing was first published, you know. Garlic eaters were still stabbing Prussian pretzel eaters for real, after all...
I love language, because it is one of those "complete" reflections of the human organism: it reflects language, culture, history... sort of the panoply of triumph and sins that comprise this mortal coil for our species. So, it is with some enjoyment that I present Mental Floss's "The Origins of 10 Great Insults" :
Insults involving body parts, and the things that come out of them, are as old as time. PG-rated slang terms, however, usually have a richer but more obscure history. Here are the origins of some familiar insults that will make calling out all the rubes, bums, cretins, and punks in your life a more fulfilling experience.
1. PUNK (N), “A WORTHLESS PERSON.”
Punk has had a long, sordid career as an insult in the English language. Shakespeare used it as an especially dirty word for prostitute in 1602. Eventually it came to mean young male prostitutes, particularly those paired up with seasoned railroad bums. This evolved by the 1920s to mean "young, inexperienced boy.” Inexperienced soon translated to good-for-nothing and criminal. With that definition confirmed, it was ready to be adopted in the 1970s by British men in spiky leathers and mohawks screaming enraged metaphors about politics into a microphone. Now I can never listen to Johnny Rotten without thinking, “hobo’s concubine.”
2. BRAT (N), “A CHILD, TYPICALLY A BADLY BEHAVED ONE.”
The worst kind of kids in the olden days weren’t loud and spoiled. They were really, really poor. Brat as a slang term dates from the 1500s in England, and meant “beggar’s child.” Beggars often made sure their children were prominently displayed to garner more sympathy and money, which might have been particularly annoying to passersby. Bratt is also an old English word meaning “ragged garment” or “cloak.” So, brats often wore bratts, affirming that they were in fact, brats.
3. JERK (N), “A TEDIOUS AND INEFFECTUAL PERSON.”
Steam engines were awesome—way better than sailing around Cape Horn if you needed to get from New York to California. But, since they ran on steam, they needed to be refilled with water ridiculously often. “Water-stops” were built all along the railroad lines. These were just water towers, with hanging chains that the boiler man would “jerk” to start the water flowing. Towns sprang up around many of these water-stops. Some thrived, and some were just jerk-water towns, populated with “jerks.”
4. DUNCE (N), “SLOW-WITTED OR STUPID PERSON.”
Particularly a stupid, slow-learning student. By all accounts, John Duns Scotus, 15th century philosopher, had some brilliant things to say. He pioneered the idea that we had the exact same kind of goodness inside us that God did, just a lot less. Unfortunately, his followers, known as the Dunses in the century succeeding his death, were reputed to be the most stubborn, closed-minded, hair-splitting philosophizers ever to refute the existence of a chair. Mr. Scotus’ name would go down in history attached more to his pigheaded followers than to his own work.
5. FOOL (N), "SILLY OR STUPID PERSON."
Fool started showing up in writing around 1200, riding a wave of words that flowed almost unchanged from Latin to Old French to Middle English to modern English. Now here is a joke worthy of any court jester: What do fools and blacksmith bellows have in common? Besides sharing the Latin root follis ("bag"), they’re both windbags that blow nothing but hot air. Ba dum da dum. Fool!
6. RUBE (N), “AN AWKWARD UNSOPHISTICATED PERSON.”
Rube showed up around the turn of the 19th century as a slur for a gullible country boy. Its origin is similar to that of hick. Both are diminutive forms of names that were associated with country folk at the time: Rube for Reuben, Hick for Richard. A rube was just the sort of poor sap a flim-flammer might easily honeyfuggle into doling out his hard earned scratch. (See also: How to Swear Like an Old Prospector.)
7. BUM (N), “ONE WHO PERFORMS A FUNCTION POORLY.”
We owe the legendary German work ethic for the introduction of the word bum to mean “useless.” It’s meant “buttocks” for much longer, at least from the 13th century. But as it relates to American layabouts, the word became popular during the Civil War, when German immigrants swelled the ranks of the Yankees. The German word bummler was easily shortened to apply to any soldier not worth his ration of cornpone because he was sitting on his bum all day.
8. BARBARIAN (N), “SAVAGE, VANDAL.”
Barbarian, if it were literally translated for modern English speakers, might be called Blahblahians. “Bar-bar” was how ancient Greeks imitated the babbling stammer of any language that wasn’t Greek. Thus barbarian came to mean the sort of lowbrow foreigners who hardly put any pornography on their pottery. Such savages.
9. CRETIN (N), “A STUPID, VULGAR, OR INSENSITIVE PERSON.”
It’s ironic that cretin is used to describe an insensitive person, because its origin is terribly insensitive. Cretin, like spaz, is an insult that evolved from a very real and very dreadful medical condition. It comes from a word used in an 18th century Alpine dialect. The word wascrestin, used to describe "a dwarfed and deformed idiot." Cretinism was caused by lack of iodine resulting in congenital hypothyroidism. Etymologists believe the word’s root, the Latin “Christian," was to be a reminder that cretins were God’s children, too.
10. BUNG-HOLE (N), “ANUS.”
Poor bung-hole, a fully legitimate word that just sounded so dirty that people began using it for prurient purposes as early as the 1600s. A bung is a cork, or plug. A bung-hole is something that needs to be stoppered by a cork, like a wine barrel or milk jug. You are still surrounded by legitimate bung-holes in your everyday modern life. But you probably already knew that.
Definitions in this article were sourced from The Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology and The Online Etymology Dictionary.
You've, no boubt, seen many pictures of the United States' 16th president, one of the most famous and revered people in American history. I've always been fond of him, perhaps because I was born on the 98th anniversary of his death. Here are 24 pictures of Lincoln not widely seen.. Thank you Mentalfloss.com.
Photographer Dave Engledow made this funny and bizarre series of portraits of himself and his little daughter Alice Bee. And no Photoshop was used, I swear — wink, wink.
David received a degree in photojournalism from the University of Texas at Austin, most of his professional life has been dedicated to progressive politics and workers’ rights. The artist is relatively new to the world of digital photography “I was inspired to purchase my first DSLR in 2010, upon learning that my wife was pregnant with our first child. I have shot and edited more images in the past year than I have in the previous 10 years combined. Since the birth of our daughter Alice Bee in December 2010, the majority of my inspiration has stemmed from creatively documenting the first moments of her life in our family”.