September 14th, 2007

beachy

Happy Birthday to himura_tiger!

I've heard a rumor that it's indigo_skynet's birthday, but LJ doesn't have any data on it so I can only wish her a Happy Unconfirmed Birthday!

In any case, for your present, here's today's Forgotten English (© Jeffrey Kacirk):

nuts in May
There are not, of course, any nuts in May to gather. But there is May hawthorn, and that is what the "nuts" of the old rhyme really were.
--Edwin Radford's Encyclopædia of Phrases and Origins, 1945


Irish Nut Customs
In the north of the present County Tipperary there was said to be a beautiful fountain called Connla's Well, over which hung nine hazel trees. As the nuts dropped into the well they fed the salmon that were swimming about in it, and whatever number of nuts any one of them swallowed, so many bright red spots appeared on its body. All the knowledge of the arts and sciences was in some mysterious way bound up with the eating of these nuts. ... Under a good king, the hazels were said to stoop with the weight of their fruit. Divination by means of nuts continues to this day. It was unlucky to omit going a-nutting on Holy Rood Day, September 14, and one of the chief amusements of All Hallow E'en is still the burning of "lovers' nuts" ... to see whether the twain will continue faithful to each other.
--Eleanor Hull's Folklore of the British Isles, 1928

Hmm ... should I make a joke about divination by means of Irish nuts, good kings having heavy nuts, or burning your lovers' nuts on Halloween? The possibilities are endless!

-The Gneech
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LIGHTNING from my FINGERS!

Miscellinkeous

In the gaming world, check out the second wave of prepainted Reaper plastics -- mighty sweet! Note to my players: see if you can spot Brainy Loosemuscles and Skullcreeper in the first wave pics near the bottom!

Also, from Arts & Letters Daily: Status for Sale: How Luxury Lost Its Lustre
This was still "luxury", we were told, but luxury we could all have. Any Ch'in noble knew a universal luxury is no luxury at all, but every glossy magazine says different. If you can't buy the Yves Saint Laurent frocks, get a handbag (handbags are the profit centre of the fashion trade nowadays). If you don't need a trunk, buy the perfume. If you can't afford the suits, get a T-shirt. Cover yourself with the right badges to show you have exactly what you deserve (and, no, there is no irony in this trade).

-The Gneech
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Hong Kong Phooey

Very Much Awesomosity

I'm just going to quote sirfox because he put it perfectly:

Just to end the week on a positive story...


I really, *really* like This story

First day of high school, a 9th grader gets shit from bullies for wearing a pink shirt. Some Seniors hear about it, take action, and get about half the school to wear pink the next day. The bullies were somewhat upset at this.

win.

*applauds*

-The Gneech
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