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June 27th, 2006

Happy Birthday, jfd62780!

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

flooster
To flatter, coax, make much of. Of a dog, to play, gambol.
--Michael Traynor's The English Dialect of Donegal, 1953


Mayfair Ducking
The now fashionable London neighborhood of Mayfair had humble origins as the site of a fair and of permanent shops, occupied by a wide array of merchants. A small body of water nearby served as a "ducking pond," into which unfortunate ducks were put and then sete upon by water dogs for the coarse amusement of spectators. As one 1748 handbill proclaimed: "At Mayfair ducking pond on Monday next, the 27th of June, Mr. Hooten's dog, with hardly a tooth in his head to hold a duck ... hunts six ducks for a guinea against the bitch called Flying Spaniel ... who has beaten all she has hunted against except Mr. Hooten's good blood[hound]." In the April 1816 issue of Gentleman's Magazine, a Mr. Sharp described the Mayfair of the 1760s as a place of "duck-hunting, prize-fighting, donkey-racing, bull-baiting," and other rough amusements.

Look out -- that duck has a knife!

-The Gneech

Cool Stuff from susandeer!

Frontier Psychiatrist! Somebody listened to a lot of Devo when they were kids...

Godzilla Theater! David Hasselhoff gets zinged by a puppet, among other cool things. ;)

-The Gneech

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Yerf Pick of the Day

Create and Nurture by Ultraviolet
Beautiful colors; nice blending.

-TG

Rain.

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Rain.

Lightning.

Rain.

Rain, rain, rain, rain, rain, rain, rain, rain, rain, rain.

-The Gneech

PS: Because I love you, the Spider Man 3 teaser, snagged from gamera_spinning. Keep an eye out for Sandman. Coooooooooool.

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