February 28, 2009

Community College of the Stars

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:45 am by davidmanning

John A. Logan College in Illinois, USA,  has the most Pulitzer Prize winners of any USA community college (similar to a secondary school or tech college rather than Uni).

The three winners are Donald Goines, Kilgore Trout (of Vonnegut fame) and Lena Pukalie.

Not bad, eh?

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February 21, 2009

Lots of synonyms

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:15 am by davidmanning

We all know about the 500 Eskimo words for ‘snow’ and the 40 French words for ‘bread’, but here are a few more languages with a weird amount of words for specific things.

  • Greek: Nine for ‘grape’
  • Irish (Gaelic): Twelve for ‘fornication’
  • Italian: Six for ‘revenge’
  • Swiss: Fourteen for ‘peace’

Well, I’m off to buy some ‘kolpina’ and ‘pain aux tresse’. Hope your enemies don’t get ‘focaccina’ on you. ‘Pacen’ to all and let’s all ‘iasc’ tonight.

February 11, 2009

Mysteries of the Female Body

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 5:59 am by davidmanning

WARNING: This is a more risque post than most, so mind your kids.

One of the earliest ‘sexperts‘ in history is Bombay-born mystic Ravichandra Chandahar (Third Century A.D.), the man who claims to have perfected telepathic orgasms.

An early proponent of the Kamashastra tradition, which most famously were included in the Kama Sutra, Chandahar claimed to have identified 483 erogenous zones on the female body. Some of the more notable ones include:

  • Where the muscles meet in the woman’s armpit
  • The tip of the second-smallest toes on each foot
  • The webbing between the pinkie and ring fingers
  • The upper part of the earlobe

Chandahar said proper manipulation of any of those alone could make a woman climax within minutes.

If that doesn’t leave the gals gagging for it, Chandahar also claimed he could give a woman an orgasm by mentally accessing her chakras, in essence telepathic orgasms.

Wouldn’t that be a lovely party trick?

February 9, 2009

Facebook group

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 8:13 pm by davidmanning

We have a Facebook group!

A mate of mine from America (all right, so he’s an e-mail friend) has started a Facebook group about the site! Click on the link above and join up!

Also, don’t forget to ‘friend’ me!

January 31, 2009

Weird vocab

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , at 4:12 am by davidmanning

A few more words for you to uglate (learn):

  • Marinomase – A new type of sugar created in an Italian laboratory in 1939.
  • Filfil – A colourful fish found in the central area of Florida in the U.S.
  • Rustmouth – Another fish, this time one from Algeria.

January 28, 2009

Obama-rama

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 7:11 pm by davidmanning

Here are some facts (loosely) connected with the new American president, Barack Obama.

  • While ‘Change You Can Believe In’ was an inspiring slogan, it had coincidentally been used twice before. It had been used before by presidents James Buchanan and Warren G. Harding. When questioned by members of the German media, Obama speechwriters said they were unaware of the previous usages but this did not change Obama’s message.
  • There is a red dwarf star in the Peony nebula called Obama 7-A. It was named this 14 YEARS BEFORE OBAMA WAS BORN!!!
  • The strangely similar Irish surname O’Bama means ‘Son of Bramaugh’.

January 26, 2009

More loony laws

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , at 2:03 pm by davidmanning

  • In London, it’s still technically legal to marry your pet, although the marrying (and consent) age is still 16. So if you want to marry an ancient dog …
  • It’s illegal to take fishing tackle across Canadian provincial borders without a permit.
  • In the Czech Republic, a married man cannot be in a single woman’s bedchambers after 1 a.m.
  • In Australia, drinking in public before 9 a.m. is a civil offense.

January 22, 2009

The Denbigh Castle Rat

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , at 7:19 pm by davidmanning

Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster and the Chupacabra aren’t the only ‘cryptids’ known to ‘cryptozoologists’. One of the lesser-known such monsters is the Denbigh Castle Rat.

Since 1975, the rat has been intermittently spotted around Denbigh Castle near the town of Denbighshire in northeast Wales. Described as between one and one-and-a-half metres long, with ‘glowing green eyes’, the rat has been spotted seven documented times since then, the most recent in 2006, by an American backpacker named Hallie Marteen.

From Marteen’s blog, hallieoverseas.blogspot.com:

‘Carol and I went to this cute castle in Wales. While she was talking to this German couple, I wandered off and saw the nastiest, grossest rat I have ever seen. It was about three feet long and when it saw me, it hissed and ran off down this big hole. It had the greenest eyes. I told the ticket lady about the rat when we left and she got all freaked out. Said the “Castle Rat” is a local legend. I just thought it was a gross rat.’

Spooky, huh?

December 31, 2008

Animals can’t …

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , at 5:03 am by davidmanning

Here’s a list of a few things certain animals just can’t do:

  • Turkeys can’t blink.
  • Mules can’t step sideways.
  • Canarys can’t sing while flying.
  • Cats can’t hear music.

December 26, 2008

Christmas fun

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 11:49 pm by davidmanning

Until Chinese professor and professional barber Clement Moore wrote ‘The Night Before Christmas’, lore had that there were actually 12 reindeer on Father Christmas’ sleigh. They were:

  • Donner and Blitzen (Thunder and Lightning)
  • Sonne and Mond (Sun and Moon)
  • Leben and Tod (Life and Death)
  • Hoffnung and Verzweiflung (Hope and Despair)
  • Liebe and Hass (Love and Hatred)
  • Darmentleerung and Harn (Defaecation and Urine)

On Urine, on Despair, on Hatred and Shite! Nope. Looks like Clement made the right choice.

Ta, David.

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