December 20th, 2005


Happy Birthday, james_b!

For your present, here's Today's Forgotten English!

Used in the South and West for tobacco juice. It is a euphemism for the spittle produced by this voluntary ptyalism. More commonly spelled and pronounced ambeer, probably from amber, denoting its color.
--James Bartlett's Dictionary of Americanisms, 1877

On this date in 1810, Napoleon Bonaparte completed his seizure of French tobacco companies. William Walsh's Handy-Book of Curious Information (1913) explained that after meeting the diamond-studded wife of a filthy-rich tobacco magnate, the little dictator could not restrain himself: "By the 20th of December a decree had appeared commanding that henceforth the manufacture and sale of tobacco should belong exclusively to the state. It has remained a government monopoly ever since, and the most important source of French revenue. This move was, on the whole, a beneficial one to lovers of the weed. As the use of tobacco has increased, it had been adulterated in every possible shape. Under its name, cabbage-leaves, walnut-leaves, seaweed, and hay were smoked. Bark, peat moss, and the roots of Iceland moss were pulverized into snuff."

-The Gneech
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Jeeves Nazis

Yo Dude, Check It Out, I'm Erudite'n'Stuff

Snagged from english_majors...

The Librarian
You scored 75 erudition!
Congratulations! You're well above average when it comes to your knowledge of English grammar, history, and literature. You may have missed a few questions, but if you keep your studies up and stay away from genre fiction, we'll have you ready for Stanford in no time! Who knows, we just might be reading your columns in Talk of the Town a few years from now.

My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 37% on erudition

Link: The Are You Truly Erudite? Test written by okellelala on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

I couldn't remember if "every unhappy family is miserable in its own way" was War and Peace or Anna Karinninninninninnanna, for instance. And a few of the questions just made me say, "Uh ... whut?" But I didn't do any googling for answers, either.

-The Gneech
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Torey Rave

Tuesday Workout Report (I Like to Move It, Move It Edition)

Watched Madagascar for the first time while doing tonight's workout.

I LOVED IT. I gotta get me a Dancing Alex icon.

Anyway, Collapse )

Today's big achievement: Under 300 lbs at night, baby! I'm not positive that's the first time it's happened on the new regimen, but I believe so. Let's hope it's the beginning of a trend!

And that's all from me tonight. Have a great night and an awesome tomorrow, I love you all. :) Even those of you who think I don't.

-The Gneech
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    Lemur King, "I Like To Move It, Move It" in my head