YouTube link. Hate to leave the blog again so soon, but real life calls. YOLO, and all that..,
YouTube link. Before their match with the United States team, the New Zealanders performed a traditional "haka" The various types of haka include whakatu waewae, tutu ngarahu and peruperu.
Grown by a man in Ely, Minnesota, it weighed 8.41 pounds. The Big Zac variety tends to have “megablooms,” with individual tomatoes growing fused together.
YouTube link. Intriguing and scenic, but I had to hold on to things just to watch the video. El Caminito del Rey (The King's pathway, often shortened to El Camino del Rey) is a walkway, now fallen into disrepair, pinned along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro, near Alora in Spain.
YouTube link. I've never been one to share the agonies of those who despair over the death of languages, except insofar as the loss of ancient languages renders certain documents and artworks unreadable. An entry at The Dish discusses the inclusion of Yiddish as a threatened language: Frankel comments on how secular Judaism has contributed to the death of Yiddish and a simultaneous loss of traditional Jewish identity: The secular community is dead, dead, dead.
Jody De St. Hubert, principal of Alice Smith Elementary in Hopkins, Minnesota, challenged her students last year to read over 10,000 books.
To speed up your re-orientation, note that the "eye" is painted on the center of the model's forehead.
"Excarnation in Texas" is an essay exploring a body farm in Texas. This isn't the body farm I'm familiar with in Tennessee, but it serves a similar purpose: Kate, an associate professor at Texas State University in San Marcos, does most of her work at their Forensic Anthropology Center (FACTS)—the centerpiece of which is the Forensic Anthropology Research Facility (FARF), the largest of America’s five “body farms.” Including Kate, FACTS has three full-time researchers, a rotating crew of anthropology graduate students and undergraduate volunteers, and a steady influx of cadaver donations from both individuals and their next of kin—brought in from Texas hospitals, hospices, medical examiners’ offices, and funeral homes.
Apparently those are grapevines, not trees. “Jerez” is the hispanicized version of “Sherish” which was its Moorish name when the town was under Islamic rule.
YouTube link. You can make your own pendulum wave device (and you don't have to use bowling balls). Via Nothing to do with Arbroath.
New Scientist provides this image of a 24-year old woman who appears to have a form of cerebellar aplasia, with surprisingly minimal symptoms: The discovery was made when the woman was admitted to the Chinese PLA General Hospital of Jinan Military Area Command in Shandong Province complaining of dizziness and nausea.
The image above was generated by Google Street View (via Digital Spy). Other interesting examples can be viewed at Neatorama and the links provided there.
The history of drinking vocabulary is an exercise in semantics rather than sociolinguistics. Terms for being drunk can’t usually be explained by referring to such variables as age, gender, social class, occupation, or regional background.
Ohaguro is the custom of dyeing one's teeth black. It was most popular in Japan until the Meiji era. Tooth painting was also known and practiced in the southeastern parts of China and Southeast Asia.
YouTube link. Those unfamiliar with the show may note that the testing of the buzzers typically occurs in groups of four, culminating with Alan Davies.
This is the first time the percentage has exceeded 50% since record-keeping began in 1976.
[A] 68-year-old Ohio businessman has stockpiled more than 8,000 of the old-fashioned credit-card-processing machines, known for their tendency to scrape the fingers of the merchants who operate them.
YouTube link. Via Neatorama.
I searched the database and found 2,129 sports teams that reference Braves, Chiefs, Indians, Orangemen, Raiders, Redmen, Reds, Redskins, Savages, Squaws, Tribe and Warriors, as well as tribe names such as Apaches, Arapahoe, Aztecs, Cherokees, Chickasaws, Chinooks, Chippewas, Choctaws, Comanches, Eskimos, Mohawks, Mohicans, Seminoles, Sioux and Utes.