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  • A stupid child

    April 2, 2010

  • Riding roughshod over someone is to disregard the person’s physical and mental welfare. A horse is roughshod when the nails are left protruding out of its shoes so that the animal does not slip and fall. Being ridden over by a roughshod horse would be agonizing. In 1790 Robert Burns wrote about “a rough-shod troop o’Hell,” and Thomas Moore used the term in its modern metaphorical sense in his 1813 Intercepted Letters when he wrote, “‘Tis a scheme of the Romanists, so help me God! To ride over Your Most Royal Highness roughshod.”

    March 5, 2010

  • Tilting at windmills, which refers to attempting the ludicrous or impossible, is based on an episode in Cervantes’ 17th- century classic Don Quixote, in which the hero believes the windmills are monsters that he intends to take on in mortal combat. Tilting is the competition in medieval jousting tournaments in which one contestant tries to knock the other off his horse. Shakespeare was one of the first to write about charging ahead at full tilt, a phrase that came to refer to proceeding with determination as quickly as possible in a particular endeavor.

    March 5, 2010

  • choose the right (a la Mormonism)

    February 22, 2010

  • What about "old lady who preys on younger men?"

    February 21, 2010

  • This is what my cat does in the back yard!

    November 5, 2009

  • "Out of the silver heat mirage he ran. The sky burned, and under him the paving was a black mirror reflecting sun-fire. Sweat sprayed his skin with each foot strike so that he ran in a hot mist of his own creation. With each slap on the softened asphalt, his soles absorbed heat that rose through his arches and ankles and the stems of his shins. It was a
    carnival of pain, but he loved each stride because running distilled him to his essence and the heat hastened this distillation."
    - James Tabor, from "The Runner," a short story

    February 7, 2009

  • Love this show!

    February 7, 2009

  • I wont list this but mine was ali-keener-beener-snort

    January 18, 2009

  • REALLY DISTURBING PICTURES HERE:

    (Please do not click and scroll if you are squeamish)

    http://www.obgyn.net/medical.asp?page=/ENGLISH/PUBS/ARTICLES/Stone_Baby

    January 18, 2009

  • Thirty years ago in Russia, not far from Kovno, a Jewish peasant woman awaited her seventh baby. When her time came, she had mild labor pains, but nothing happened. Months later a doctor suggested an operation. She refused. Years passed, the family emigrated to the U. S., settled in Detroit.

    Last fortnight, bothered by a heaviness in her belly at night, the old woman screwed up her courage to see Dr. Joseph Gilbert Israel, crack Detroit gynecologist. Dr. Israel palpated her abdomen, discovered a hard, round object like a baseball. His first astonished thought was that she, aged 66, was going to have a baby. But the object was too hard to be a living baby's head. Besides it was outside the womb.

    Dr. Israel hospitalized his patient last week, called in two colleagues and an X-ray technician. The X-ray photographs showed that she was carrying in her belly what doctors call a lithopedian ("stone baby")—a retained fetus which has calcified. It was in the normal knee-chest position, head down and perfectly formed. Obviously the baby had died just at full term. Other lithopedians have been recorded, but they were invariably formless round masses. Dr. Israel decided that he had the only full-term lithopedian known to medicine.

    After hearing the old woman's story, Dr. Israel guessed that what probably happened was this: After the ovum was fertilized, instead of traveling normally down the fallopian tube, it traveled upward, broke out into the abdominal cavity, caught and clung to the outside of the womb, received enough nourishment there to develop normally. But since it was outside the womb, the labor contractions could not expel it, and it died.

    Last week Dr. Israel tried to make up his mind whether it would be better to leave the 30-year-old lithopedian where it was or take it out. At latest reports he had not decided.

    January 18, 2009

  • This happens when a fetus dies during an ectopic pregnancy. The baby is too large to be reabsorbed by the body. This caused the body to surround the fetus with calcium. A woman can be pregnant for years with the dead child. The longest documented pregnancy 46 years.

    Also called "Stone Child" "Stone Baby"

    January 18, 2009

  • chitterlings

    December 19, 2008

  • DANCE~!

    December 7, 2008

  • Resistentialism is a jocular theory in which inanimate objects display hostile desires towards human beings

    December 5, 2008

  • There's a word for this, it's called "Resistentialism"

    Resistentialism is a jocular theory in which inanimate objects display hostile desires towards human beings

    December 5, 2008

  • http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=4974856

    A bizarre contraption has just been put together in the northern Utah town of Plain City. It's the first full-scale test of a major invention from the University of Utah. If it works, it could have worldwide significance and will save people here lots of money on their sewer bills.

    It looks like alien mushrooms sprouting in a sewage lagoon, but it may be the wave of the future in sewage treatment.

    Don Weston, Plain City director of environmental services, said, "The good bacteria stays in there and just continues to eat, eat, eat and propagate and propagate."

    For the folks in Plain City, the new concept came at a good time. Their sewage volume is increasing with growth. Effluent discharges are getting closer to violating pollution standards. They face the enormous cost of a mechanical sewage plant.

    "They figured it would be right around $13 million. And this is going to cost us $100,000," Weston said.

    Over the next couple of weeks, they'll be filling up the lagoon so the sewage will rise above the level of the domes. Air will bubble through them and up through the sewage.

    "We call them PooGloos," said Professor Kraig Johnson, with the department of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Utah.

    A University of Utah team invented the igloo concept and have successfully treated sewage in the lab. "I don't know why somebody didn't think of this already. It's elegant in its simplicity," Johnson said.

    The idea is to give bacteria lots of surface area to grow on, plenty of oxygen, and a dark environment to prevent algae growth. "If you can keep the algae from growing and enhance the bacteria, then the pollutants are removed by the bacteria," Johnson explained.

    The result is faster, cheaper sewage treatment. "This way we can use two of our six ponds to do the same thing, and I can shut half this plant down once these are going," Weston said.

    And homeowners don't have to pay for a big new plant.

    Plain City mayor Jay Jenkins said, "We've got real low sewer rates. We're down around the $10-a-month area. And our feeling was if we would have had to go to a mechanical plant, we probably would have ended up having to increase that to around $40 or $50 a month."

    If it works, communities all over the world may have PooGloos in their future. The University shares the patents, so if PooGloos catch on around the world, the U will split the profits with the inventors.

    For more information, click the related link to the right of the story.

    December 4, 2008

  • "Forgotten Memories"

    A book by Daniel L. Schacter describes an instance of supposedly unintentional plagiarism by Friedrich Nietzsche in Thus Spake Zarathustra. One of Nietzsche's characters goes on a dreamlike journey that closely mimics a classic german fable. Presumably, Nietzsche heard this fable before, but forgot it until he wrote what he thought was a novel story.

    I read a newspaper article recently detailing a similar story about Helen Keller. In her autobiography "The Story of My Life," Ms. Keller describes how, at age 12, she wrote a story � "The Frost King" � that created her own publishing scandal. "Mr. Anagnos was delighted with 'The Frost King,' and published it in one of the Perkins Institution reports," Ms. Keller wrote (Chapter 14 at afb.org/mylife). "This was the pinnacle of my happiness, from which I was in a little while dashed to earth. I had been in Boston only a short time when it was discovered that a story similar to 'The Frost King,' called 'The Frost Fairies' by Miss Margaret T. Canby, had appeared before I was born in a book called 'Birdie and His Friends.' The two stories were so much alike in thought and language that it was evident Miss Canby's story had been read to me, and that mine was � a plagiarism."

    December 4, 2008

  • "Forgotten Memories"

    December 4, 2008

  • un-minched, slang for "undisturbed"

    December 4, 2008

  • Apparently bilby grew up next to them...

    November 15, 2008

  • This is also a photography term for rays of sunlight added during the post processing.

    November 15, 2008

  • Galoshes

    November 12, 2008

  • A paper log one keeps when you want animal control to take your neighbor's dog because he wont shut up.

    November 9, 2008

  • The world's largest flower, called Rafflesia, can have a diameter up to one meter and can weigh up to 10 kilograms. It also smells like rotting flesh. Discovery News tells us that its genetic roots have been uncovered and that this plant that smells so bad is related to delicate flowers such as poinsettias or violets.

    November 7, 2008

  • also, we use the word "touched"

    November 2, 2008

  • "I'm all out of money"

    October 30, 2008

  • An alternate spelling for NCMO--which is short for No Commitment Make Out. Two people mutually agree to not get into a relationship--but just enjoy making out.

    My girlfriend is out of town so I need to find a nicmo/ncmo.

    A slang term used by young people here where I live (Utah)

    October 26, 2008

  • Op, thanks for putting me right. Spelled "caricature".

    October 25, 2008

  • Am I spelling this wrong? It was underlined as not recognized in MS Word. There are no definitions on the web in any known dictionary. If this is the improper spelling someone please put me right!

    The word means (as I understand it) an image or item that cartoonishly or superficially mimics a person. Example: Dwight Schrutes Bobble Head.

    October 25, 2008

  • We use this a lot in Utah, it's a synonym for "Squish"
    "He was squanched between the door and the wall." -- a slangy term.

    October 24, 2008

  • It's funny when I saw the title I thought "Oh I gotta add moist to this" but hey you already did!

    October 21, 2008

  • i.e.: Whining

    October 21, 2008

  • Yes~!~ It's real! Yay! I couldn't find it in any online dictionaries.

    October 18, 2008

  • Okay, I admit I made this one up but doesn;t it work great for dingy and scroungy and dirty?

    October 18, 2008

  • wallop? I like this spelling better.

    October 18, 2008

  • Like 'fussbudget'

    October 16, 2008

  • When you drive down the highway and see the snow rippling like moving snakes. Heard this on the radio.

    October 16, 2008

  • Now, mostly a basketball term

    October 16, 2008

  • I have seen people using this word to mean "write back" at the end of emails.

    Volley!

    October 16, 2008

  • My sister used this today and she told me it means "junk"

    October 15, 2008

  • There's a town here in Utah named Ticaboo!

    October 8, 2008

  • Ha ha ha, I want to see the symbols these ponies would have!

    October 6, 2008

  • I think I should clear up that my remark about applesauce being offended was a joke. I think 'Indian Style' is fine, but people get SO dang offended at the littlest things in our American Culture. If we all lighten up it might be a better world.

    October 6, 2008

  • I think applesauce everywhere should be offended at this besmirchment of it's good name.

    October 2, 2008

  • The way by which men judge their potential future spouse's body type.

    In easy terms: Some men judge girls potential and likelihood of getting fat in later years and base the results off weather or not they will date them. Men are horrible.

    October 2, 2008

  • When someone forces you to volunteer, term used in the military Volunteer+Told

    September 30, 2008

  • An old Carnie term meaning "Watch your valuables"

    September 25, 2008

  • As in Strange Bedfellows

    September 25, 2008

  • Yeah, it's a kid thing. Adults enjoy purity!

    September 24, 2008

  • A soda combination, made from any number of drinks. Example: Mixing Mountain Dew with Pepsi.

    September 24, 2008

  • What my mom used to call me when I was a kid

    September 23, 2008

  • lobbygow: an errand boy

    September 23, 2008

  • What about jawharp? The thing snoopy plays

    September 17, 2008

  • So...is this based on experience?

    September 17, 2008

  • Puking?

    September 17, 2008

  • Definition: Game that steals parents away from their children and children away from their lives.

    September 17, 2008

  • My husband ate this stuff while living in Chile.

    September 12, 2008

  • It's spelled catawampus

    September 10, 2008

  • Reminds me of that old Peter Pan play "I'll send for Tiger Lily! And I'll Send for Peter Pan, we'll be there Willy Nilly!"

    September 5, 2008

  • Holy Heck! My new favorite website!

    August 28, 2008

  • I fail to understand exactly what these lists mean (am I missing some really coolio joke?), but I find these phrases too hilarious!

    Cold war unicorn playset *chuckle*

    August 28, 2008

  • Tee hee, naw you got the hint :)

    August 28, 2008

  • Wonderful list!

    August 28, 2008

  • Lol. I don't understand it, but it sure is funny!

    August 28, 2008

  • I LOVE MORRISSEY!

    August 27, 2008

  • If someone bombed Christmas city then we can legitimately say they ruined Christmas.

    August 26, 2008

  • Had to add my city! Seeing a bomb hit the capitol building would do my heart good. Of course with all the downtown construction it looks like a bomb went off already.

    August 26, 2008

  • I am just tired of seeing any movie set in New York and LA!

    August 26, 2008

  • I use MOnkey too!

    August 26, 2008

  • Why can't they destroy say, Albuquerque or Bismark?

    August 26, 2008

  • sorta blows up mary poppins don't it?

    August 25, 2008

  • I have one of these books!

    August 24, 2008

  • Big Foot Takes Pictures of Chuck Norris

    August 24, 2008

  • BTW, I love the definition of this - "being two more than forty", why not say "Being forty-one more than one" or "being twenty two more than twenty"? :)

    August 24, 2008

  • Cat Kisses are defined as words that are not often seen in each other's company and so form a more precise, dramatic or intentionally ambiguos description to fill a reader's imagination.

    August 24, 2008

  • yarb, great quote, where's it from?

    August 24, 2008

  • A hot guy

    August 24, 2008

  • Okay so I made this one up, think it'll stick? :)

    August 24, 2008

  • This word is now used by teenagers as slang for a creepy sex-crazed person or a stalker.

    "He's a chester"

    August 23, 2008

  • Very good list, sad that I know them all

    August 23, 2008

  • Best catacomb is the Capuchin Catacombs

    August 23, 2008

  • slimy and gross

    August 23, 2008

  • This really is the name of a town. Real clever, town founder.

    August 22, 2008

  • Isn't this the answer to life, the universe and everything?

    August 22, 2008

  • A SMALL town, near Lake Powell.

    August 22, 2008

  • I thought boondoggle's were those plastic weaved keychains we made at camp in the 80's.

    August 22, 2008

  • Don't you have to be British to use this word? :)

    August 22, 2008

  • "I think"

    August 22, 2008

  • Deerp!

    August 21, 2008

  • I love this list, it is a great tool in my writing. All of them are so dramatic!

    August 21, 2008

  • 'Sartorial Eloquence' is the title of an Elton John song.

    August 19, 2008

  • Great poem!

    August 13, 2008

  • This is also the name of a famous natural rock formation in Lake Powell

    August 13, 2008

  • I love your list, I always loved MLP and used to collect!

    August 12, 2008

  • Love it!

    August 12, 2008

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  • Finally, I have found my long lost cousin.

    July 8, 2012

  • "catkisses has added 24 lists containing 1,471 words, 0 comments, 0 tags, 93 favorites, and 0 pronunciations."

    September 5, 2010

  • Thanks for adding tectonic plates... it caused me to think of a list of all the strange stuff in my kitchen. :-)

    February 22, 2010

  • Hi CatMwahMwah, every word page on this site (automatically) has a Wikipedia link. It is the W in the row of icons under the word.

    March 6, 2009

  • i do enjoy your lists :)

    August 24, 2008