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  • adj., having feet large enough to shelter the whole body when used as an umbrella (From a Greek word meaning 'shadow foot.' The Sciapodes, who had these feet, were supposed to live in Libya.)

    July 9, 2008

  • EVery time I consider using my feet as an umbrella, I run into the practical difficulty that they are, you know, under my body. This seems to place a severe limit on their potential use as an umbrella, regardless of their size.

    Do these Sciapodes walk on their hands or something? Otherwise, I'm having a hard time understanding how this works.

    Maybe we should write a letter to Colonel

    (1) Muammar Qaddafi, (2) Mo'ammar Gadhafi, (3) Muammar Kaddafi, (4) Muammar Qadhafi, (5) Moammar El Kadhafi, (6) Muammar Gadafi, (7) Mu'ammar al-Qadafi, (8) Moamer El Kazzafi, (9) Moamar al-Gaddafi, (10) Mu'ammar Al Qathafi, (11) Muammar Al Qathafi, (12) Mo'ammar el-Gadhafi, (13) Moamar El Kadhafi, (14) Muammar al-Qadhafi, (15) Mu'ammar al-Qadhdhafi, (16) Mu'ammar Qadafi, (17) Moamar Gaddafi, (18) Mu'ammar Qadhdhafi, (19) Muammar Khaddafi, (20) Muammar al-Khaddafi, (21) Mu'amar al-Kadafi, (22) Muammar Ghaddafy, (23) Muammar Ghadafi, (24) Muammar Ghaddafi, (25) Muamar Kaddafi, (26) Muammar Quathafi, (27) Muammar Gheddafi, (28) Muamar Al-Kaddafi, (29) Moammar Khadafy, (30) Moammar Qudhafi, (31) Mu'ammar al-Qaddafi, (32) Mulazim Awwal Mu'ammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Qadhafi.

    July 10, 2008

  • Maybe they're dufflepuds...

    July 10, 2008

  • a good description of how it works is in Baudolino by Umberto Eco. They stop moving when there is the need for an umbrella.

    July 10, 2008

  • Which is probably not all that often, given what we know about the Libyan climate:

    "Less than 2 percent of the national territory receives enough rainfall for settled agriculture, the heaviest precipitation occurring in the Jabal al Akhdar zone of Cyrenaica, where annual rainfall of 400 to 600 millimeters is recorded. All other areas of the country receive less than 400 millimeters, and in the Sahara 50 millimeters or less occurs. Rainfall is often erratic, and a pronounced drought may extend over two seasons."

    (library of Congress country study for Libya)

    July 10, 2008

  • Nach - you forgot (33) mu'mmi da'di

    July 10, 2008

  • And 34) Yabba-Dabba-Doo.

    July 10, 2008

  • JM hopes that sciapodous folk sock it to each other.

    April 2, 2010