Browsing Month September, 2006

Diekus

Saw these on the street last week: “diekus,” kind of cut-and-paste poems made from the names on tombstones. There were several new ones; the ones on Flickr are from December.

This would never fly today: Satchel Paige would have been considered a terrorist

In researching today’s entry for hit-and-run bag, I cited a 1971 article from the Charleston Gazette that also told an more interesting story about legendary baseball pitcher Satchel Paige. It was not directly related to the cite and was too long to include in the entry, so I offer it to you here. There’s the more…

Body Collector in Detroit Answers When Death Calls

“You see,” he begins, “80 percent of people die naked and 70 percent die in the toilet. That means most people die naked in the toilet. I can’t explain it. It’s like Elvis.”

The 115GB iPod

Check it out: iTunes 7 thinks an external Firewire drive (named Ixnay) is an iPod with a capacity of 114GB (instead of showing a 30GB video iPod).

Apples in the Washington Post

I’ve got a little glossary about apple-related terms in the Washington Post today.

Foreign scripts as decoration

Using foreign words, alphabets, or language scripts as decoration—as we see with Engrish on Japanese clothing or with Westerners tattooed with Chinese characters of unknown or dubious meaning—is widespread and ordinary, but I was still interested to see this particular object at the British Museum when I was in London in July. The label given more…

PC Magazine’s Top 99 Undiscovered Web Sites

Double-Tongued was listed as one of PC Magazine’s top undiscovered web sites, as was Michael Quinion’s World Wide Words.