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  • See also carillonist.

    March 28, 2017

  • I love unusual and niche-y topic lists such as this. Jauks darbs, ruz!

    March 22, 2017

  • a place where criminals and heretics are burned.

    March 22, 2017

  • place where pay is distributed to soldiers

    March 22, 2017

  • the place where alms are deposited.

    March 22, 2017

  • the place for washing gold ore.

    March 22, 2017

  • A place where aircraft are repaired.

    March 22, 2017

  • That's how I purr. When I'm really purring along, I'll release two urinal cakes for the price of one. Tasty!

    March 22, 2017

  • People who make crossword puzzles are called constructors. All crossword puzzles used to be laid out by hand. Today many crossword puzzle constructors use computer software to assist in the puzzle layout. Crossword puzzles that end up in large newspapers or in syndication are controlled by an editor. Constructors submit their puzzles to a crossword editor and the editor decides which puzzles are selected (and for what day since crosswords raise in difficulty through the week).

    March 20, 2017

  • While you're waiting for ruzuzu, may I share a doughnut hole with you?

    March 17, 2017

  • mutualism vs commensalism vs parasitism

    March 9, 2017

  • a plant of the genus Gaillardia.

    March 8, 2017

  • A parasite is no doubt altering bilby's dopaminergic neurotransmissions resulting in neuropsychiatric symptoms, including a change in predator vigilance. it's also entirely possible that parasites have affected bilby's sexual arousal pathways when he's exposed to muesli bars soaked in dingo urine.

    March 7, 2017

  • See mutualism. I'm not sure how an ant benefits from parasitic manipulation in the case of ant brain control (caused by a fungus).

    March 6, 2017

  • Big surprise that zombie ants originated from a comment by bilby. I'm guessing there is a specific parasite out there that is manipulating bilby's brain into performing erratic behaviors so he'll get the attention of a bilby-eating predator (the next intended host).

    March 6, 2017

  • Wildlife tourism—which accounts for 20 to 40 percent of all tourism worldwide—is controversial, and can be harmful to animals. After being accused of promoting such attractions, TripAdvisor halted sales to them in 2016.

    Many tourists can’t tell if the places they visit hurt wildlife, according to a 2015 ranking of wildlife attractions around the world. Every year, two to four million tourists pay for experiences that aren’t good for animal welfare or conservation.

    According to that ranking, dolphin tourism and shark cage diving, both popular in the Bahamas, have negative impacts on wildlife.

    But Bethune hopes that, if the proper changes are made, pig-swimming tourism will continue to thrive.

    March 6, 2017

  • Hairworms have a perpetual challenge: They infect landlubbing insects like crickets, but the parasites must make their way to an aquatic habitat in order to reproduce.

    Researchers at France's Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique figured out how they accomplish this feat. Hairworms produce mind-controlling chemicals that cause their cricket host to move toward light. Because water bodies reflect moonlight, this often sends crickets toward lakes and streams.

    The crickets jump in and drown, and the hairworms emerge, ready to find their next victim.

    March 6, 2017

  • The fluke Euhaplorchis californiensis begins its life in an ocean-dwelling horn snail, where it produces larvae that then seek their next host, a killifish.

    Once it finds a fish, the parasite latches on to its gills and makes its way to the brain. But this isn't its final stop.

    The fluke needs to get inside the gut of a water bird in order to reproduce. So inside the killifish's brain, the fluke releases chemicals that cause the fish to shimmy, jerk, and jump.

    Jenny Shaw, then at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and colleagues found that the parasite decreases serotonin and increases dopamine levels in the fish's brain. The switch in this brain chemistry stimulates the fish to swim and behave more aggressively.

    These moves attract the attention of birds, which may eat the fish—and the flukes. The flukes mate, and their eggs are released back into the water in the bird's droppings to be eaten by horn snails and start the cycle anew.

    March 6, 2017

  • As an adult, the lancet liver fluke—a type of flatworm—resides in the livers of grazing mammals such as cows.

    Its eggs are excreted in the host's feces, which are then eaten by snails. After the eggs hatch inside the snail, the snail creates protective cysts around the parasites and coughs them up in balls of mucus.

    These fluke-laden slime balls are then consumed by ants. When the flukes wiggle their way into an ant's brain, they cause the insect to climb to the tip of a blade of grass and sit motionless, where it's most likely to be eaten by a grazing mammal. That way, the liver fluke can complete its life cycle.

    March 6, 2017

  • Females of the Costa Rican wasp Hymenoepimecis argyraphaga lay their eggs on the abdomens of unlucky orb spiders called Plesiometa argyra.

    When the female jewel wasp is ready to procreate, she finds a cockroach to serve as a living nursery for her young.

    First, she injects a toxin into the roach that paralyzes its front legs. Then the wasp strikes again in the roach's head. Frederic Libersat of Ben-Gurion University in Israel and colleagues discovered that the venom targets a specific area of the brain responsible for initiating movement.

    Stripped of its ability to move of its own free will, the cockroach can be grabbed by the antenna and guided to a burrow, where the wasp will lay her egg on the victim and entomb them together. (Read more about how zombie roaches lose free will because of wasp venom.)

    The wasp larva slowly consumes the cockroach for several days before pupating in its abdomen, emerging as an adult about a month later.

    March 6, 2017

  • Females of the Costa Rican wasp Hymenoepimecis argyraphaga lay their eggs on the abdomens of unlucky orb spiders called Plesiometa argyra.

    After living off its host for a few weeks, the wasp larva injects a chemical into the spider that makes it build a strange, new kind of web, unlike anything it's built before.

    But this new web isn't for the spider: It's meant to support the cocoon that the wasp larva will build after finally killing and eating the spider.

    March 6, 2017

  • Normally a rat or mouse will keep to the shadows, thus avoiding cats. But when they are infected by toxoplasma the parasite completely changes their behavior. An infected mouse is attracted to the smell of cat urine and will move out into the open, displaying reckless behavior. The reason, of course, is the parasite wants the mouse to be eaten by a cat, so it can then infect its new host.

    Humans also get infected by toxoplasma, though it is only really serious when a woman is pregnant as toxoplasma can damage the unborn child. But new research suggests that toxoplasma may influence us in more subtle ways.

    We know, for example, that people who have antibodies to toxoplasma are more than twice as likely to be involved in a traffic accident. It could be that the parasite is making us, like rodents, behave in a more reckless fashion. Research also suggests it may slow down reaction times, with the intention of making us more vulnerable to large predators. Either way it is a chilling thought that parasites may be influencing how we behave in ways we do not yet begin to understand.

    -How Parasites Manipulate Us, BBC News, 19 Feb 2014

    March 6, 2017

  • @bilby. You won me over when you mentioned the dwarf poinsettia leaves.

    February 21, 2017

  • When performance of polishing of body is underway, is scent of lemon Pledge® used without flaw? I require utmost effective polish service with expediency and professional manner.

    February 13, 2017

  • A symbiont living on the outside of a host's body.

    "Exobiont growth on these setae might impair odor detection and the ability of the lobsters to evaluate many aspects of their environment. Each annulus of the olfactory organ contains an asymmetric seta that extends nearly perpendicular across the rows of aesthetasc setae."

    --Lobster olfactory genomics, Integr Comp Biol (2006) 46 (6): 940-947.

    "Exobiont growth on these setae might impair odor detection and the ability of the lobsters to evaluate many aspects of their environment. Each annulus of the olfactory organ contains an asymmetric seta that extends nearly perpendicular across the rows of aesthetasc setae."

    --Lobster olfactory genomics, Integr Comp Biol (2006) 46 (6): 940-947.

    February 6, 2017

  • According to twitter, there's the term exokernel as well.

    "I will definitely be watching unikernel and exokernel approaches closely in the next years, especially for security."

    January 31, 2017

  • An anti-debate appeal based on genetic fallacy, which attempts to detract from the validity of a statement by attacking the tone rather than the message.

    In Bailey Poland's book, Harassment, Abuse, and Violence Online, she suggests that tone policing is frequently aimed at women and derails or silences opponents lower on the "privilege ladder".

    In changing their tactics to criticizing how the women spoke instead of what the women said, the men created an environment in which the outcome of a dispute was not decided on the merits of an argument but on whether the men chose to engage with the arguments in good faith.

    — Bailey Poland, Harassment, Abuse, and Violence Online, page 46

    While anyone can engage in tone policing, it is frequently aimed at women as a way to prevent a woman from making a point in the discussion.

    — Bailey Poland, Harassment, Abuse, and Violence Online, page 47

    January 31, 2017

  • Beatified individuals or blesseds according to the Catholic Church.

    January 19, 2017

  • EVERY year the German Language Society selects a word of the year and an "unword", usually something somebody said but should not have done.

    January 10, 2017

  • Nice example:

    "The real reality, the flickering of seen and unseen actualities, the moment under the moment, can't be put into words; the most that a writer can do--and this is only rarely achieved--is to write in such a way that the reader finds himself in a place where the unwordable happens off the page."

    January 10, 2017

  • A happy number is a number defined by the following process: Starting with any positive integer, replace the number by the sum of the squares of its digits, and repeat the process until the number either equals 1 (where it will stay), or it loops endlessly in a cycle which does not include 1. Those numbers for which this process ends in 1 are happy numbers, while those that do not end in 1 are unhappy numbers (or sad numbers).

    January 4, 2017

  • 672-sided polygon. For a tutorial about naming polygons see NAMING POLYGONS.

    December 31, 2016

  • Retroactive continuity, or retcon for short, is a literary device in which new information is added to already established facts in the continuity of a fictional work.

    December 30, 2016

  • A floating timeline (also known as a sliding timescale) is a device used in fiction, particularly in comics and animation, to explain why characters age little or not at all over a period of time — despite real-world markers like notable events, people and technology appearing in the works and correlating with the real world. A floating timeline is a subtle form of retroactive continuity. This is seen most clearly in the case of comic book characters who debuted as teens in the 1940s or the 1960s but who are still relatively young in current comics. Events from the characters' pasts are alluded to, but they are changed from having taken place years ago to having taken place more recently. -Wikipedia

    December 30, 2016

  • Why would anyone be anti-Australian? That sounds like a very un-Australian thing to be.

    December 10, 2016

  • See bevies. Ghastly!

    December 10, 2016

  • Gasp.  I hate truncated, cutesy words like this. From Twitter:  Join us for some seasonal bites, bevies and banter. (It doesn't sound so bad in this context, more quaint).
    See bevy.

    December 10, 2016

  • An outside lavatory / Afrikaans: literally, little house)

    December 10, 2016

  • See also Dumpster Fire.

    December 9, 2016

  • pink puffer jacket

    December 8, 2016

  • Apparently, buttman has no churchly duties or super-duper superpowers.

    December 8, 2016

  • sweet tooth fairy? pink puffer jacket

    December 7, 2016

  • A person where emphysema is the primary underlying pathology.

    December 7, 2016

  • A person with chronic bronchitis who demonstrates evidence of cyanosis and pedal edema.

    December 7, 2016

  • A ripe corpse.

    December 7, 2016

  • "Aloha is a tiny impact crater on the Moon, that lies to the northwest of the Montes Agricola ridge, on the Oceanus Procellarum. It is located near the faint terminus of a ray that crosses the mare from the southeast, originating at the crater Glushko."

    December 7, 2016

  • Ha. Another fine example of the grab bag surprise known as RANDOM WORD.

    December 3, 2016

  • What are the odds?! I can't believe this showed up on RANDOM WORD.

    November 17, 2016

  • How is this word pronounced?

    November 15, 2016

  • "...the wingspan is 10–12 millimetres (0.39–0.47 in). The adults have a bronzy or greenish metallic sheen with no markings. They fly during the day as well as after dark. They are on wing in June and July in western Europe and from May to August in North America."

    November 11, 2016

  • "God-Building was an idea proposed by some prominent Marxists of the Bolshevik faction of the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party which proved to be very controversial. It was inspired by Ludwig Feuerbach's 'religion of humanity' and had some precedent in the French Revolution with the 'cult of reason'. The idea consisted of the notion that in place of the abolition of religion, there should be a meta-religious context in which religions were viewed primarily in terms of the psychological and social effect of ritual, myth, and symbolism, and which attempted to harness this force for pro-communist aims, both by creating new ritual and symbolism, as well as re-interpreting existing ritual and symbolism in a socialist context. In contrast to the atheism of Lenin, the God Builders took an official position of agnosticism." --Wikipedia

    November 11, 2016

  • Fly-on-the-wall is a style of documentary-making used in film and television production. The name derived from the idea that events are seen candidly, as a fly on a wall might see them. In the purest form of fly-on-the-wall documentary-making, the camera crew works as unobtrusively as possible; however, it is also common for participants to be interviewed, often by an off-camera voice.

    November 5, 2016

  • Breeches, a form of pants, came in a wide variety of styles. The most common form of breech was called the trunk hose. Trunk hose were attached to the bottom of the doublet, a padded overshirt, with points, or small ties, and bagged outward before fastening on the upper leg. They looked almost like a puffy short skirt. Trunk hose were often worn with canions, a loose-fitting hose for the upper leg. An exaggerated form of trunk hose was known as pumpkin breeches. Made with contrasting vertical panels of fabric, these breeches ballooned outward, making it look as if the wearer had a large pumpkin about his waist. Venetians were a form of breeches that reached to the knee; they were padded at the waist and upper thighand grew slimmer as they reached the knee. Pluderhose were baggy all the way from the waist to the knee, and the baggy fabric hung down to hide the fastening at the knee. The longest breeches, known as slops, reached all the way to the calf.

    November 3, 2016

  • Breeches, a form of pants, came in a wide variety of styles. The most common form of breech was called the trunk hose. Trunk hose were attached to the bottom of the doublet, a padded overshirt, with points, or small ties, and bagged outward before fastening on the upper leg. They looked almost like a puffy short skirt. Trunk hose were often worn with canions, a loose-fitting hose for the upper leg. An exaggerated form of trunk hose was known as pumpkin breeches. Made with contrasting vertical panels of fabric, these breeches ballooned outward, making it look as if the wearer had a large pumpkin about his waist. Venetians were a form of breeches that reached to the knee; they were padded at the waist and upper thigh and grew slimmer as they reached the knee. Pluderhose/pluderhose were baggy all the way from the waist to the knee, and the baggy fabric hung down to hide the fastening at the knee. The longest breeches, known as slops, reached all the way to the calf.

    November 3, 2016

  • "Aren't the dermal piercings with crystal studs brilliant? Wwhite ink tattoos often look like the body-art method of branding or scarring but this is much more delicate and super feminine!"

    October 19, 2016

  • "“This pigment is of major importance, since it represents the bright red color desired by purchasers,” reads “Lawrie’s Meat Science,” one of the tentpole books for students and professionals in the meat industry. Some producers have even gone so far as to treat their meat with carbon dioxide gas in order to lock in this red color far past its normal lifespan."

    That blood in your meat Isn't what you think it is

    October 12, 2016

  • Mental health in general matters. A lot of people are ignorant about mental hygiene.

    October 9, 2016

  • n. An area of the coast in southern France, popular with holiday-makers.
    I've never heard of a holiday-maker. I believe I'd say holiday-goers.

    October 9, 2016

  • "The data scientist role was thrust into the limelight early this year when it was named 2016's "hottest job," and there's been considerable interest in the position ever since. Just recently, the White House singled data scientists out with a special appeal for help."

    October 9, 2016

  • An all-male panel of lawmakers in Utah refused to end the state’s sales tax on tampons, voting 8 to 3 against the Hygiene Tax Act.

    The committee (again, all men) shot down the proposal because it wanted to keep the tax system predictable and believed that allowing for subjective variations on the tax code would only cause problems, according to reports.

    Specifically, state representative Ken Ivory—one of the eight “no” votes—worried that exempting tampons would open the door for all kinds of crazy requests for exemptions, according to CBS News.

    October 9, 2016

  • "It s expensive to be a woman. Several studies have shown that choosing the shampoo bottle marketed to women (with its pastel colors and floral motif) will cost you more than reaching for the gray bottle of "men's" shampoo, even when both items are essentially the same product. It’s referred to as the “pink tax,” and Boxed, a bulk shipping retailer, just announced a discount to combat it, Entrepreneur magazine reports. If the women’s product you’re buying costs more than the men’s equivalent, Boxed will cut the price on the ladies’ version.


    Examples of “pink tax” products in 2014, finding that body washes, razors, shampoos, deodorants, and perfumes all charge different prices for the same products depending on whether they’re marketed to men or women. And in some states, tampons and other feminine hygiene products are legally considered “luxury” items subject to sales tax. (five states have actively made decisions not to tax tampons: MarylandMassachusettsPennsylvaniaMinnesota and New Jersey. The rest either don’t have a sales tax or don’t consider tampons a “necessity.”)

    October 9, 2016

  • @Prolagus.

    “Sardinians are a group that people have considered distinct from other Europeans, and in this regard it would be interesting if they were more widely distributed in the past.”

    Iceman's DNA reveals health risks and relations.

    October 2, 2016

  • A remembrance of someone (particularly a historical figure or a celebrity) who died long ago. The remembrance often appears as an article in a publication and includes details about their life and death.

    October 2, 2016

  • The Swainson's crow (Euploea swainson) is a species of nymphalid butterfly in the Danainae subfamily. It is found in Indonesia and the Philippines.

    September 23, 2016

  • Carter's Little Liver Pills (Carter's Little Pills after 1959) were formulated as a patent medicine by Samuel J. Carter of Erie, Pennsylvania, in 1868.

    September 23, 2016

  • Christi's big-eared bat (Plecotus christii) is a species of vesper bat in the family Vespertilionidae. It is endemic to Egypt.

    September 23, 2016

  • Pirlot's big-eared bat (Micronycteris homezi) is a species of bat endemic to Venezuela.

    September 23, 2016

  • Robert's snow vole (Chionomys roberti) is a species of rodent in the family Cricetidae. It is found in Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Russian Federation, and Turkey.

    September 23, 2016

  • Jackson's fat mouse (Steatomys jacksoni) is a species of rodent in the family Nesomyidae. It is found in Ghana and Nigeria.

    September 23, 2016

  • Krebs's fat mouse (Steatomys krebsii) is a species of rodent in the family Nesomyidae. It is found in Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia.

    September 23, 2016

  • Bookbinder's soup is a type of soup pioneered in the United States in 1893 when Samuel Bookbinder created Old Original Bookbinder's restaurant in Philadelphia.

    September 23, 2016

  • erin- Caradja's plague and Caragea's plague add as Caradja and Caragea. Apparently, the 's messes up the works.

    September 23, 2016

  • Caragea's plague or Caradja's plague (Romanian: Ciuma lui Caragea) was a bubonic plague epidemic that occurred in Wallachia, mainly in Bucharest, in the years 1813 and 1814. It coincided with the rule of the Phanariote Prince John Caradja.

    September 23, 2016

  • Caragea's plague or Caradja's plague (Romanian: Ciuma lui Caragea) was a bubonic plague epidemic that occurred in Wallachia, mainly in Bucharest, in the years 1813 and 1814. It coincided with the rule of the Phanariote Prince John Caradja.

    September 23, 2016

  • Poinsot's spirals

    September 23, 2016

  • Curschmann's spirals refers to a microscopic finding in the sputum of asthmatics which are spiral shaped mucus plugs from subepithelial mucous gland ducts or bronchioles. These may occur in several different lung diseases.

    September 23, 2016

  • Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (1939) is a collection of whimsical poems by T. S. Eliot about feline psychology and sociology, published by Faber and Faber. It is the basis for the musical Cats.

    September 23, 2016

  • Père David's rock squirrel (Sciurotamias davidianus), also known as the Chinese rock squirrel, is a species of rodent in the family Sciuridae. It is endemic to China, where it is found widely in rocky habitats in the eastern and central parts of the country.

    September 23, 2016

  • Döbereiner's lamp, also called a "tinderbox" ("Feuerzeug"), is a lighter invented in 1823 by the German chemist Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner.

    September 23, 2016

  • Great list, alexz. I love how you think.

    September 23, 2016

  • "The Austrian team doctor collided with another skier and was knocked under a snow-grooming machine, which crushed him instantly."

    September 23, 2016

  • James Oberg explained many UFO sightings on the Internet. Most of them belong to one of three groups:

    super-high plumes – rocket or missile plumes, especially lit by Sun on a dark sky;

    space dandruff – ice flakes, fragments of insulation, etc. flying alongside a space vehicle, especially seen on backward-facing camera;

    twilight shadowing – objects that move from shadow into sunlight in space appear as if coming from behind the clouds or from beyond the edge of the Earth.

    September 23, 2016

  • James Oberg explained many UFO sightings on the Internet. Most of them belong to one of three groups:
    super-high plumes – rocket or missile plumes, especially lit by Sun on a dark sky;
    space dandruff – ice flakes, fragments of insulation, etc. flying alongside a space vehicle, especially seen on backward-facing camera;
    twilight shadowing – objects that move from shadow into sunlight in space appear as if coming from behind the clouds or from beyond the edge of the Earth.

    September 23, 2016

  • James Oberg explained many UFO sightings on the Internet. Most of them belong to one of three groups:
    super-high plumes – rocket or missile plumes, especially lit by Sun on a dark sky;
    space dandruff – ice flakes, fragments of insulation, etc. flying alongside a space vehicle, especially seen on backward-facing camera;
    twilight shadowing – objects that move from shadow into sunlight in space appear as if coming from behind the clouds or from beyond the edge of the Earth.

    September 23, 2016

  • How many dashes equals a 50-yard dash? (Look at me, asking a Canadian)

    September 21, 2016

  • From Twitter: "you have a southern jaw". What is a southern jaw?

    September 19, 2016

  • orthognathic surgery = jaw surgery (a procedure performed by an oral surgeon.)

    September 19, 2016

  • "Every Aussie I've met, along with many commenters on different Gawker sites have humblebragged about how perfect Australia is compared to the US. "I can't believe X happens in America; Australia has/does Y." Is it not possible to comment on an issue on an American site without also mentioning your own country's superiority?"

    --FACTually (http://factually.gizmodo.com)

    September 19, 2016

  • Neo-Nazis, anti-Semites and white nationalists have begun using three sets of parentheses encasing a Jewish surname — for instance, (((Fleishman))) — to identify and target Jews for harassment on blogs and major social media sites like Twitter. As one white supremacist tweeted, "It's closed captioning for the Jew-blind."


    The origins of the symbol ((())) can be traced to a hardcore, right-wing podcast called The Daily Shoah in 2014. It's known as an "echo" in the anti-Semitic corners of the alt-right — a new, young, amorphous conservative movement that comprises trolls fluent in internet culture, free speech activists warring against political correctness and earnest white nationalists. Some use the symbol to mock Jews; others seek to expose supposed Jewish collusion in controlling media or politics. All use it to put a target on their heads.

    To the public, the symbol is not easily searchable on most sites and social networks; search engines strip punctuation from results. This means that trolls committed to uncovering, labeling and harassing Jewish users can do so in relative obscurity: No one can search those threats to find who's sending them.

    The symbol comes from right-wing blog the Right Stuff, whose podcast The Daily Shoah featured a segment called "Merchant Minute" that gave Jewish names a cartoonish "echo" sound effect when uttered. The "parenthesis meme," as Right Stuff editors call it, is a visual pun.
    --tech.mic

    September 18, 2016

  • Hm! Fakeymcfakeystarbugs.

    September 16, 2016

  • I opened the list. Thanks kalayzich and alexz.

    September 16, 2016

  • Thank you, wordnik!

    Inspired by: thank every word

    September 12, 2016

  • washroom (Can) vs bathroom/restroom (Amer)

    September 12, 2016

  • "While primary effects of invasive animals are bioturbation, bioerosion, and bioconstruction. For example, invasion of Chinese mitten crab Eriocheir sinensis have resulted in higher bioturbation and bioerosion rates."

    September 11, 2016

  • Weaving a torus with villarceau circles.

    September 11, 2016

  • The base of the penis

    September 11, 2016

  • "A chain used to secure something, especially a part of the dress and personal equipment, as, in the middle ages, the hilt of the sword to the breastplate or other part of the body-armor, or at the present day a watch, brooch, or bracelet."

    September 11, 2016

  • eggplant, hm.

    September 11, 2016

  • Icy cold and administrative flavored

    September 11, 2016

  • Tubular nugget sounds tasty.

    September 10, 2016

  • from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

    One who treats of the origin of the universe.

    One who understand not the meaning of above the sentence. How does one treat the universe? Antibiotics? Antidepressants?

    Gad Bateway again...OK now.

    September 10, 2016

  • Are you sure this isn't a merkin made from corn silk? Or a mercenary with a callus?

    What is a merman + a unicorn? (So much for gender neutrality!)

    September 8, 2016

  • "Moreover, people often use cards for awhile and then switch or they lose their cards and they need to be physically replaced. According to Federal Reserve data that I summarize in this article, in 2009 16.5% of credit card users discarded their cards and 29% of prepaid card users did so. Customer churn is especially high for prepaid card users, who often use their cards for only a short period or for a specified purpose. Churn is lowest for debit cards, because they are linked to bank accounts."

    --http://volokh.com/2014/01/21/economics-credit-card-security/

    September 5, 2016

  • Check out the visuals: the pregnant woman smoking is upsetting.

    September 4, 2016

  • How many other awful words have been created with -tastic?

    September 4, 2016

  • A "milagro" (miracle; a tiny replica of an arm or eye or animal, which can then be taken to the church and left with a donation). Sometimes made with "aged" bottle caps.

    September 3, 2016

  • Nichos are made from mixed media and traditionally combine elements from Roman Catholicism, mestizo spirituality, and popular culture.

    Nichos are made of objects that can be easily purchased or scavenged in the home or community. The media are characteristically humble for a religious object, especially compared to the typically ornate icons of the Catholic Church. The shadow box itself is easily converted from a cigar box or other mass-produced wooden container, but can also be constructed from any lightweight wood, recycled tin, or glass. The colorful designs on the box and borders are created not only with paint, but also with sequins, glitter, chain, thread or rope, paper mache, and any small bric-a-brac. Other ornaments within nichos include milagro charms, beads, stones, nails, and other manufactured and found objects.

    See examples of nicho art here.

    September 3, 2016

  • A bathtub Madonna (also known as a lawn shrine, Mary on the half shell[, [bathtub Mary, bathtub Virgin, and bathtub shrine) is a artificial grotto typically framing a Roman Catholic religious figure.

    September 3, 2016

  • plural for lararium.

    September 3, 2016

  • adj. Having an aspect of great depth, drawing the eye to look downwards.

    September 2, 2016

  • On Twitter:

    My safeword is honorificabilitudinitatibus which is very hard to say through a barbed wire ballgag.

    September 2, 2016

  • Who knew?

    September 2, 2016

  • "The story of forensic neuropathologist Bennet I. Omalu brings dramatic focus to one doctor's breakthrough discovery of a progressive neurologic disorder found in victims of brain trauma.

    Dr. Omalu called the disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), first discovered through an autopsy he performed on Mike Webster, the NFL's legendary Pittsburgh Steeler's player who died at age 50. Dr. Omalu went on to report and publish findings to identify CTE in eight more NFL players whose patterns of death were similar. Dr. Omalu's findings revolutionized neuroscience[, [sports medicine, the study of brain trauma, and the entire sports industry, even after being ridiculed by many of his professional peers, the NFL, and the industry."

    --Spotlight Event, 2015 College of American Pathologists Foundation Awards.

    September 2, 2016

  • Stanton Friedman considers the general attitude of mainstream academics as arrogant and dismissive or bound to a rigid worldview that disallows any evidence contrary to previously held notions. Denzler states that the fear of ridicule and a loss of status has prevented scientists of pursuing a public interest in UFOs. J. Allen Hynek's also commented, "Ridicule is not part of the scientific method and people should not be taught that it is." Hynek said of the frequent dismissal of UFO reports by astronomers that the critics knew little about the sightings, and should thus not be taken seriously. Peter A. Sturrock suggests that a lack of funding is a major factor in the institutional lack of interest in UFOs.--Wikipedia

    September 2, 2016

  • @madmouth. It's my fault for baiting ru. One of the entries below really is PERSON WHOSE OX IS GORED, which sounded just offbeat enough to trip ruzuzu's stream of consciousness.

    September 2, 2016

  • A curriculum-free philosophy of homeschooling is sometimes called unschooling, a term coined in 1977 by American educator and author John Holt in his magazine, "Growing Without Schooling". The term emphasizes the more spontaneous, less structured learning environment where a child's interests drive their pursuit of knowledge. In some cases, a liberal arts education is provided using the trivium and quadrivium as the main models.--Wikipedia

    August 31, 2016

  • @ruzuzu. Knowing you, I would have guessed person whose ox is gored.

    August 30, 2016

  • Earlier today it was bad gateway this and bad gateway that. Unable to leave a comment. No visuals. I was starting to have wordnik withdrawal.

    August 30, 2016

  • Latinx is the gender-neutral alternative to Latino, Latina and even Latin@. Used by scholars, activists and an increasing number of journalists, Latinx is quickly gaining popularity among the general public. It’s part of a “linguistic revolution“ that aims to move beyond gender binaries and is inclusive of the intersecting identities of Latin American descendants. In addition to men and women from all racial backgrounds, Latinx also makes room for people who are trans, queer, agender, non-binary, gender non-conforming or gender fluid.

    “In Spanish, the masculinized version of words is considered gender neutral. But that obviously doesn’t work for some of us because I don’t think it’s appropriate to assign masculinity as gender neutral when it isn’t,” explains queer, non-binary femme writer Jack Qu’emi Gutiérrez in an interview with PRI. “The ‘x,’ in a lot of ways, is a way of rejecting the gendering of words to begin with, especially since Spanish is such a gendered language.”

    Latinx is also, as pointed out by writer Gabe Gonzalez, a way to reclaim identity, a form of rebellion against “the language and legacy of European traditions that were imposed on the Americas.”

    --Why People Are Using The Term Latinx.

    August 28, 2016

  • "Once within the walls of the Ghetto they were alone, and could go about the little streets in perfect security; they were free from the contamination as well as safe from the depredations of Christians, and within their own precincts they were not forced to wear the hated orange-coloured cap or net which Paul the Fourth imposed upon the Jewish men and women. To a great extent, too, such isolation was already in the traditions of the race. A hundred years earlier Venice had created its Ghetto; so had Prague, and other European cities were not long in following. Morally speaking their confinement may have been a humiliation; in sober fact it was an immense advantage; moreover, a special law of 'emphyteusis' made the leases of their homes inalienable, so long as they paid rent, and forbade the raising of the rent under any circumstances, while leaving the tenant absolute freedom to alter and improve his house as he would, together with the right to sublet it, or to sell the lease itself to any other Hebrew; and these leases became very valuable"--Francis Marion Crawford, Ave Roma Immortalis, Vol. 2, Studies from the Chronicles of Rome, 1899.

    August 26, 2016

  • "A saltern is a word with a number of differing (but interrelated) meanings. In English archaeology, a saltern is an area used for salt making, especially in the East Anglian fenlands."

    August 25, 2016

  • Modern psychology has a serious God problem. America is a deeply spiritual country. More than half of Americans say religion is “very important” to them, and more than 90 percent profess a belief in a higher power. Yet psychology, as a scientific endeavor, has done almost nothing to understand how spiritual beliefs shape psychological problems, or affect treatment. When a person with deep religious convictions comes in for professional help, they will find, more often than not, a therapist who is not fully prepared to help.--Gareth Cook, Modern Psychology's God Problem.

    Relations between psychology and religion have a troubled history. Putting psychology on a scientific footing meant, in part, rejecting the notion that mental illness is a spiritual phenomenon, that madness implied possession by demons or foul spirits. Freud famously diagnosed religion as a psychological problem. To believe, in his view, was to be neurotic.

    August 24, 2016

  • A problem addressed by means of intuition, such as a recipe (for coconut cake) in which the ingredients and amounts used are unclear.

    "HARVARD PROFESSOR Roland Fryer has made a discovery with the potential to transform public education. To understand it, though, it helps to first hear a story about the conundrum of the coconut cake.

    Fryer’s grandmother makes an astounding coconut cake, a magical confection of sweetness and air he’s loved since he was a kid growing up in Florida. Fryer wanted to learn to make the cake himself, but every time he pressed for a recipe, she gave him directions like “use a good amount of sugar, a little flour but not too much, and just a bit of baking powder.”--Gareth Cook, Education's Coconut Cake Problem

    August 24, 2016

  • Trademark /New Zealand: a type of sandal with a strip of material between the big toe and the other toes and over the foot.

    August 24, 2016

  • The use of a laparoscopic power morcellator during a hysterectomy is discouraged because it increases the risk of spreading cancerous tissue within the abdomen and pelvis.

    During a hysterectomy with morcellation the surgeon slices the uterine tissue into small pieces and extracts them with a laparoscope through an incision in the abdomen. In women with undetected uterine cancer, the morcellator cuts through cancerous tissue and potentially distributes it outside the uterus.

    August 24, 2016

  • A vaginal pessary can take a number of different forms, including doughnut-shaped devices; horn-shaped varieties, known as gellhorns; and tube-like insertions with bulbous ends that work as inflatable devices.

    August 24, 2016

  • The search for habitable, alien worlds needs to make room for a second "Goldilocks," according to a Yale University researcher.

    For decades, it has been thought that the key factor in determining whether a planet can support life was its distance from its sun. In our solar system, for instance, Venus is too close to the sun and Mars is too far, but Earth is just right. That distance is what scientists refer to as the "habitable zone," or the "Goldilocks zone."--Science Daily, August 19, 2016

    August 24, 2016

  • Dorothy Parker dispensed caustic humor in prose and verse as well as over drinks. Her observations and remarks were very much of their time, but they still induce winces in an era when cutting snark has become practically de rigueur. Over the years many couplets and witticisms have been attributed to Parker, some apocryphally."

    August 22, 2016

  • See Yarra River.

    August 21, 2016

  • The Yarra River or historically, the Yarra Yarra River, is a perennial river in east-central Victoria, Australia.

    August 21, 2016

  • "The shoe features canvas, suede and mesh, with the varsity royal blue apparently inspired by Port Phillip Bay and the brown midsole chosen to represent the turdish Yarra River that winds its wiggly way through our magnificent city."

    August 21, 2016

  • "hefting – also known as heafing in this part of the country, but known as many other things across the UK.

    I’m no expert on hefting but the way I understand it to work, from a friend who does know, is that when shepherds want to establish a new flock, they take the sheep up onto the moorland where they want them to graze and they constrain them on that land. This is sometimes done with fencing, but is also done by physical shepherding. The flock gets to know where it can, and can’t, go because of the constraints.
    Eventually the shepherd removes the constraint, but the sheep don’t drift off. They stay where they have been hefted. They’ve learnt to live within their current constraints.

    Once a flock has been established within its heft, the shepherd can add new sheep to the flock and they will take on the heft of the rest of the sheep, as long as too many fresh ideas aren’t introduced. The hefting is passed from generation to generation without the need for the constraints to be put back in place. That’s how strong the constraints are in the minds of the rest of the flock.

    We’re not dissimilar to sheep. We pick a way of doing things, or a technology, based on what our tribe is doing. Having chosen a technology, we stay with it, we invest in it, and we live within its constraints. We become comfortable in our place of pasture." --Technology Perspectives.

    August 21, 2016

  • What a ghastly word.

    August 21, 2016

  • "This research illustrates the importance of collaboration in the scientific discovery process, and how the study of one disease, in this case cancer, can have a profound impact on the understanding on another." said Dr. Courtneidge, "In the future, we hope to use our mouse model to study the disease in more depth, as well as to determine whether other genes involved in invadopodia formation are also associated with FTHS." See invadopodium.

    August 21, 2016

  • rice krispies: the glitter herpe of breakfast cereals. What is glitter herpe?

    August 20, 2016

  • See also stultify.

    August 20, 2016

  • The highest rank in the SS.

    August 17, 2016

  • Corporations need transportation on occasion, don't they?

    August 11, 2016

  • A volcanic winter is a reduction in global temperatures caused by volcanic ash and droplets of sulfuric acid obscuring the Sun and raising Earth's albedo (increasing the reflection of solar radiation) after a large particularly explosive volcanic eruption. Long-term cooling effects are primarily dependent upon injection of sulfide compounds in aerosol form into the upper atmosphere—the stratosphere—the highest, least active levels of the lower atmosphere where little precipitation occurs, thus requiring a long time to wash the aerosols out of the region. Stratospheric aerosols cool the surface and troposphere by reflecting solar radiation, warm the stratosphere by absorbing terrestrial radiation, and when combined with anthropogenic chlorine in the stratosphere, destroy ozone which moderates the effect of lower stratospheric warming. The variations in atmospheric warming and cooling results in changes in tropospheric and stratospheric circulation.
    --Robock, Alan (2000). "Volcanic eruptions and climate". Reviews of geophysics 38 (2): 191-219

    Most recently, the 1991 explosion of Mount Pinatubo, a stratovolcano in the, Phillippines, cooled global temperatures for about 2–3 years

    August 10, 2016

  • "Christian leaders stand on our soil and claim: "gay marriage" has never occurred here. Over 1300 tribes in every region of North America performed millions of same-sex marriages for hundreds of years. Their statements are both hateful and ignorant. Your "homosexual," was our "Two Spirit" people... and we considered them sacred."

    August 7, 2016

  • A nuisance that befalls many high-achieving women, wherein they chalk up their success to:
    “…luck, to being in the right place at the right time, to factors other than ability. They live in fear that eventually some significant person will discover that they are, indeed, intellectual impostors."

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED Talk: We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller / We say to girls, “You can have ambition / But not too much / You should aim to be successful / But not too successful / Otherwise you will threaten the man.” It’s true. Women are much more likely to feel this way, because we’re taught to be modest and self-deprecating, to downplay our achievements for fear of looking arrogant or ungrateful, sipping pickle juice while our male counterparts are being praised for being bossed up.

    August 7, 2016

  • n. Brushes or some other device placed before the forward wheels of a locomotive to sweep small obstructions from the track.

    August 6, 2016

  • The term cot death is often used in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, India, South Africa and New Zealand.

    August 5, 2016

  • Yikes.

    August 5, 2016

  • caruncular, carunculous, carunculate, carunculated.

    August 5, 2016

  • In addition to controlling insect pests, bilbies may play a role in seed dispersal. The semifossorial bilbies may help aerate the soil through their burrowing.

    August 4, 2016

  • The seed or fruit has no obvious aids for longer-distance transport and merely falls passively from the plant.

    August 4, 2016

  • Dispersule (or propagule = unit of seed, fruit or spore as it is dispersed)

    August 4, 2016

  • Hygroscopic bristles on the dispersule that promote movement with varying humidity.

    August 4, 2016

  • Humans may disperse seeds by many various means and some surprisingly high distances have been repeatedly measured. Examples are: dispersal on human clothes, on shoes, or by cars.

    August 4, 2016

  • Wind dispersal is one of the more primitive means of dispersal. Wind dispersal can take on one of two primary forms: seeds can float on the breeze or alternatively, they can flutter to the ground. The classic examples of these dispersal mechanisms include dandelions, which have a feathery pappus attached to their seeds and can be dispersed long distances, and maples, which have winged seeds (samara) and flutter to the ground. An important constraint on wind dispersal is the need for abundant seed production to maximise the likelihood of a seed landing in a site suitable for germination. There are also strong evolutionary constraints on this dispersal mechanism. For instance, Cody and Overton (1996) found that species in the Asteraceae on islands tended to have reduced dispersal capabilities (i.e., larger seed mass and smaller pappus) relative to the same species on the mainland. Reliance on wind dispersal is common among many weedy or ruderal species. Unusual mechanisms of wind dispersal include tumbleweeds.

    August 4, 2016

  • Seed dispersal by molluscs.

    August 4, 2016

  • Endozoochory (dispersal by animal ingestion - fish)
    Endozoochory (dispersal by animal ingestion - amphibians, reptiles)

    Endozoochory (dispersal by animal ingestion - mammals other than bats) 

    August 4, 2016

  • Rodents (such as squirrels) and some birds (such as jays) may also disperse seeds by hoarding the seeds in hidden caches. The seeds in caches are usually well-protected from other seed predators and if left uneaten will grow into new plants. In addition, rodents may also disperse seeds via seed spitting due to the presence of secondary metabolites in ripe fruits.

    August 4, 2016

  • Secondary dispersal by animals: Seeds may be secondarily dispersed from seeds deposited by primary animal dispersers. For example, dung beetles are known to disperse seeds from clumps of feces in the process of collecting dung to feed their larvae.

    August 4, 2016

  • A type of seed dispersal that occurs when organisms transfer from one land mass to another by way of a sea crossing. Often this occurs via large mats of floating vegetation, such as are sometimes seen floating down major rivers in the tropics and washing out to sea, occasionally with animals trapped on them.

    August 4, 2016

  • See dispersal via a raft is sometimes referred to as a "rafting event."

    August 4, 2016

  • "Dormancy should not be confused with seed coat dormancy, external dormancy, or hardseededness, which is caused by the presence of a hard seed covering or seed coat that prevents water and oxygen from reaching and activating the embryo. It is a physical barrier to germination, not a true form of dormancy."(Quinliven, 1971; Quinliven and Nichol, 1971).

    August 4, 2016

  • Apparently, it's referred to an anti-spit mask (yawn) or a spit sock hood. Pretty much the same name. Does anyone have a law enforcement terminology list?

    August 4, 2016

  • "'Multiple incidents within the juvenile detention facilities have revealed that the NT Government prosecutes policies against Aboriginal children which include spit-hooding, gassing, hand cuffing, shackling and extensive periods of unlawful solitary confinement. Treatment such as this you wouldn’t think possible in any civilised nation.
    Let there be no doubts as to whom we are talking about here.
    This is all about Aboriginal children.'

    What is spit-hooding? I understand the hooding part, but not spitAustralian detention centre.

    August 4, 2016

  • Another example. In Louisville, Kentucky, Butler High School’s dress code prohibits dreadlocks, cornrolls, and twists. Students who violate the grooming policy cannot attend the school.

    "Hair styles that are extreme, distracting, or attention getting will not be permitted. No dreadlocks, cornrows, twists, mohawks, and no jewelry will be worn in hair."
    ""Hair must be a natural color. No two-toned hair or severe contrasts. This includes unnatural colors.”"
    ""No male may dye, tint, or highlight his hair in any way."

    "The styles that were targeted in this policy are the most basic and essential styles for black people all over the world. To ban them is essentially to ban blackness itself."--Shaun King, New York Daily News, July 28, 2016.

    cultural whitewashing

    August 4, 2016

  • A once in a lifetime soul mate dog. There’s an understanding, a bond stronger than most, and a special level of communication. Your heart dog “gets” you and you get him or her right back.--found on The Daily Corgi blog.

    August 4, 2016

  • Casting white actors in Hollywood productions instead of POC (people of color).

    The popular blog Angry Asian Man called the movie “the latest movie in the grand cinematic tradition of the Special White Person”, adding: “You can set a story anywhere in the world, in any era of history, and Hollywood will still somehow find a way for the movie to star a white guy.”

    In her post, Wu wrote: “Our heroes don’t look like Matt Damon. They look like Malala. Ghandi. Mandela. Your big sister when she stood up for you to those bullies that one time. We don’t need salvation. We like our color and our culture and our strengths and our own stories.”

    The Guardian.

    August 3, 2016

  • Denim/jean leggings

    July 30, 2016

  • The practice of dangling about women? How does one dangle?

    July 28, 2016

  • Another city with a large Persian community is Tehranto. (Tehran + Toronto).

    July 28, 2016

  • It's odd when there are plenty of examples but no definition.

    July 27, 2016

  • LAM for short. Rare lung disease that causes spontaneous lung collapse in women.

    July 23, 2016

  • ?? Marcus Bachmann is defending his Christian counseling business for offering so-called ex-gay therapy, a controversial practice that's focused attention on the Bachmanns' views on social issues at a time when the Minnesota congresswoman has shown momentum in the Republican presidential race.

    July 23, 2016

  • A “furvert” is anyone who is sexually attracted to mascots and such. A furry who is a pervert; somebody who takes a sexual interest in furry media.

    July 23, 2016

  • In organ-building, a stop constructed so as to produce a noise in imitation of the sound of a storm.

    July 23, 2016

  • The state of being smiling. This sounds awkward.

    July 21, 2016

  • n. One who works or deals in horn or horns.

    Is horn a non-count noun?!

    July 13, 2016

  • How is information stolen? Since "he" is mentioned, I'm guessing female users aren't as clickjackable.

    July 12, 2016

  • Interesting etymology. From Greek amethustos, not drunk or intoxicating. The Greeks believed that amethyst prevented intoxication.

    July 10, 2016

  • A legume is a plant in the family Fabaceae (or Leguminosae), or the fruit or seed of such a plant. Legumes are grown agriculturally, primarily for their grain seed called pulse, for livestock forage and silage, and as soil-enhancing green manure. Well-known legumes include alfalfa, clover, peas, beans, lentils, lupins, mesquite, carob, soybeans, peanuts, and tamarind.

    A legume fruit is a simple dry fruit that develops from a simple carpel and usually dehisces (opens along a seam) on two sides. A common name for this type of fruit is a pod, although the term "pod" is also applied to a few other fruit types, such as that of vanilla (a capsule) and of radish (a silique).

    July 6, 2016

  • The perfect accompaniment to a glass of colonnade.

    June 21, 2016

  • Thankfully, not a beverage.

    June 20, 2016

  • It's called "gazumping" in England, the process by which someone selling a piece of property accepts an offer from one buyer, maybe even going so far as to shake hands on it, then quickly — and often surreptitiously — accepts another, higher, offer from a second buyer, leaving the first buyer with his pockets agape and his heart broken.

    -from Examples

    June 18, 2016

  • Smoking cessation, popularly known as "quitlines," are an increasingly common way for smokers to quit.

    See quitline.

    June 15, 2016

  • No visual :(

    June 15, 2016

  • People with an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating.
    People afraid of eating the wrong thing, ever.
    Unlike patients with anorexia nervosa, the goal of orthorexics is not to be thin but to be "pure, healthy and natural".
    Mental health experts say that the obsession about which foods are "good" and "bad" means that orthorexics can end up being malnourished and often shun food to the point of emaciation and starvation.

    --Compiled from Examples

    June 15, 2016

  • Ha. I find it interesting that this word is listed on both Twitter Loves and Twitter Hates. And both lists are by hugovk!

    June 15, 2016

  • I know precisely which scene you mean, mikepurvis.

    June 13, 2016

  • History, unfortunately, reminds us of the one-drop rule:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One-drop_rule

    I read this book a couple of years ago. Excellent.
    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/587123.Who_is_Black_

    June 10, 2016

  • I like it.

    June 8, 2016

  • Sounds more interesting than pickpocket.

    June 8, 2016

  • purses is a kind of seaweed; purse; however, has (apparently) nothing to do with seaweed--unlesss I missed it in the definitions.

    June 8, 2016

  • A glitch, a misspelling, or a nameless fish?

    June 6, 2016

  • A person who lives on the Park Meadows street of Moray Court recently found a cache of pine cones stored underneath the hood of her cars and elsewhere on the outside of the vehicles.

    It was apparently the work of a squirrel preparing for the winter.

    "They were everywhere, every pocket," says Mary Cole, the owner of the cars, indicating she had never before experienced something similar.

    A neighbor, Aggie Johanson, says the pine cones were "just stuffed in there."

    "It's peculiar in the car. We know it has to be the squirrels," Johanson says.

    "Such is life in our little squirrelhood."

    June 2, 2016

  • A deadly-lively party.

    June 2, 2016

  • Scholars have identified seven levels of authenticity which they have organized in a hierarchy ranging from literal authorship, meaning written in the author's own hand, to outright forgery:

    Literal authorship. A church leader writes a letter in his own hand.

    Dictation. A church leader dictates a letter almost word for word to an amanuensis.

    Delegated authorship. A church leader describes the basic content of an intended letter to a disciple or to an amanuensis.

    Posthumous authorship. A church leader dies, and his disciples finish a letter that he had intended to write, sending it posthumously in his name.

    Apprentice authorship. A church leader dies, and disciples who had been authorized to speak for him while he was alive continue to do so by writing letters in his name years or decades after his death.

    Honorable pseudepigraphy. A church leader dies, and admirers seek to honor him by writing letters in his name as a tribute to his influence and in a sincere belief that they are responsible bearers of his tradition.

    Forgery. A church leader obtains sufficient prominence that, either before or after his death, people seek to exploit his legacy by forging letters in his name, presenting him as a supporter of their own ideas.

    May 31, 2016

  • The Dutch word for slipped is gleed.

    May 31, 2016

  • Aimee Toms was washing her hands in the women’s bathroom at Walmart in Danbury Friday when a stranger approached her and said, “You’re disgusting!” and “You don’t belong here!”

    Toms’ has a short haircut because she recently donated hair - for the third time - to a program that makes wigs for child cancer patients.

    “I’ve had people call me all sorts of names for having short hair. I’ve had people call me a boy, I’ve had people call me a dyke, I’ve had people call me gay.” Toms said. “I’m grateful that that woman only called me disgusting and didn’t physically attack me … I was a victim of transphobia today as a cisgender female because my hair is short.”
    -Woman mistaken for transgender harassed in Walmart bathroom, May 16, 2016

    May 25, 2016

  • "Although their biology is not widely studied, many blister beetles are thought to be kleptoparasites and egg predators of bee, and they often specialize on a small number of host species, using the adults to transport them back to the host nest."

    -Cheats and Deceits: how animals and plants exploit and mislead, 2016, p.34

    May 21, 2016

  • "... hog hunting on conservation areas ruins efforts by department staff to trap and kill entire groups of feral hogs, called sounders. Groups can consist of several dozen animals."

    -Missouri Conservationist, March 2016, vol. 77, issue 3, p. 8.

    May 21, 2016

  • "Count the cogs on the wheels of a fanning-mill, washing-machine, apple-parer, or egg-beater, and determine how the direction or rate of the motion is changed thereby."

    May 20, 2016

  • A meat analogue, also called a meat alternative, meat substitute, mock meat, faux meat, imitation meat, or (where applicable) vegetarian meat or vegan meat, approximates certain aesthetic qualities (primarily texture, flavor and appearance) and/or chemical characteristics of specific types of meat. Many meat analogues are soy-based (such as tofu and tempeh) and are gluten-based.

    May 19, 2016

  • When you have to cut peat, you have to cut peat.

    May 18, 2016

  • See keloid scar. Can be hereditary. "The main problem is that cutting a keloid out often leads to an even bigger one forming later in the same place."

    May 18, 2016

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  • So sorry -- had to delete last comment as it was breaking the community page after I deleted the spammy comment. :-(

    March 19, 2015

  • Consider your scopes affected. De nada. As long as I was at it I effected 'em too!

    March 19, 2015

  • Nice detective work on 'on fleek'.

    March 7, 2015

  • Hey, hey! Checking in. Good to see 'zu get what's coming to her! :) I only occasionally visit these days. I'll try to bring it more into my crosscheck. Toodles for now.

    February 23, 2015

  • *press*

    Ooh! Another delicious food pellet!

    You're the bestest vending machine ever, vendingmachine!

    February 22, 2015

  • LDC - Liberal Democrat Conservative

    A blend of all 3 major political parties in Canada.

    February 21, 2015

  • LDC - longform digital crepuscule

    February 21, 2015

  • Ooh! A delicious food pellet! And two cents!!!

    February 12, 2015

  • I wonder what would happen if I were to press the "Save" button below this comment box.

    February 12, 2015

  • Ooh! Look! Delicious food pellets. Looks like you're my new bff, vendingmachine.

    February 11, 2015

  • I'm sure ruzuzu will be along any minute looking for food pellets.

    February 11, 2015

  • Do you have anything for two cents?

    February 11, 2015

  • You know, you're still my favourite vending machine.

    February 11, 2015

  • What's in the vending machine? The usual bile, or can we now get canned vitriol for a dollar?

    February 10, 2015