June 1st, 2006

Mad Red

Happy Birthday, chef_troy!

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

The noise too dry shoes make when walked with.
--John Mactaggart's Scottish Gallovidian Encyclopedia, 1824

Krohn's Wheelbarrow Tour
On this date in 1908, journalist John Albert Krohn trudged off from Portland, Maine, on a nationwide trek after loading his necessities into a homemade wooden wheelbarrow. He had long wanted to see America and was ready for a change from newspaper work. Krohn walked the nation's perimeter, heading first through New Hampshire, Vermont, and upstate New York, along the Greak Lakes to far-northern Minnesota, due west to Washington, down to southern California, east across the Southwest and the South, and finally up the Atlantic seaboard. In the course of his thirteen month, 9,024-mile journey, he wore out three wheelbarrow tires, 121 pairs of socks, and eleven pairs of shoes. He was hospitably greeted along the way, receiving many overnight accomodations and meals as well as cards of encouragement to decorate his vehicle. He saw his story published about 1910 as The Walk of Colonial Jack: A Story of a Long Distance Walker.

And here I know people who won't take a parking place that's further out than two or three spaces from the shopping mall entrance.

-The Gneech
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Some Linkage of Note

From gamera_spinning: Donnie Yen to Star in Seven Samurai Remake
Y'know, remaking any Kurasawa movie is sorta like attempting to paint "Mona Lisa 2.0" -- what's the point?* Having said that, it's about bloody time Donnie Yen got a movie! So I'm ambivalent about this one.

*I don't count Magnificent Seven, Fistful of Dollars and all the rest of those "remakes" exactly. Adaptations, I'm cool with. But really ... to paraphrase Sam Jackson, Seven Samurai had Akira *#&$@ Kurasawa and Toshira #&$%^ Mifune. You just cannot top this, so why try?

Several from The Onion...
Recently Unearthed E-Mail Reveals What Life Was Like In 1995
World's Scientists Admit They Just Don't Like Mice
Mischievous Raccoon Wreaks Havoc On International Space Station
Scientist Has Nagging Feeling He Left Particle Accelerator On
Nation's Leading Alarmists Excited About Bird Flu
EPA Warns Of Dangerous Levels Of Romance In Air
Best-Laid Plans Of Mice Mostly Cheese-Related
Archaeological Dig Uncovers Ancient Race Of Skeleton People


-The Gneech
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