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Antigone

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Posted: Dec 31, 2016 - 5:18am

Not to leave this sort of thing on the floor. Thanks Weezie.

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Posted: Sep 21, 2016 - 2:57pm

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Mold on the tail end of homemade hummus is the most lovely, pale aqua color.

 
Hummus has a tail? Who knew?
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Posted: Sep 21, 2016 - 2:44pm

Mold on the tail end of homemade hummus is the most lovely, pale aqua color.
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Posted: Sep 17, 2016 - 4:56am

That a dead bunny in the middle of the road equals an immovable Weezie.
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Posted: Sep 7, 2016 - 1:42pm

CFL bulbs are going away. Who knew? Maybe everyone except me?
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Location: Paris of the Piedmont
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Posted: Aug 15, 2016 - 7:01am

"A 'thinking cap' was previously known by the appealing name a 'considering cap'. That term has gone entirely out of use now but was known since at least the early 17th century...it is difficult to determine whether they refer to actual headgear."  More
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Posted: Nov 5, 2015 - 9:17am

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Cool. Too bad he can't edit out the 8000 ft vs meters mistake.

 
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Posted: Nov 5, 2015 - 9:14am

 Proclivities wrote:


 
Cool. Too bad he can't edit out the 8000 ft vs meters mistake.
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Posted: Nov 5, 2015 - 9:02am


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Posted: Aug 5, 2015 - 7:47am

counting
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Posted: Jul 31, 2015 - 6:37am

bat
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Posted: May 27, 2015 - 9:10am

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It takes beer, too.

 
Indeed. What was that guy thinking?
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Posted: May 27, 2015 - 8:22am

 Proclivities wrote:
oh, man!

 
It takes beer, too.
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Posted: May 27, 2015 - 8:21am

oh, man!
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Posted: Mar 19, 2013 - 7:49am

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Where even the losers get lucky sometimes.

 
{#High-five}
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Location: Mabalacat, Central Luzon


Posted: Mar 19, 2013 - 7:33am

 islander wrote:

Where even the losers get lucky sometimes.

 

 It is thought to be the place where Captain Blackbeard docked his ship when visiting Philadelphia.<5> The island was a hotbed for gambling and dueling in the 18th and 19th centuries, and acquired a reputation for lawlessness and danger; adding to this danger was the large number of shipwrecks which occurred around the island, some of which are still visible at low tide.
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Posted: Mar 19, 2013 - 7:24am

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Today I learned about Petty Island.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petty_Island

 
Where even the losers get lucky sometimes.
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Posted: Mar 19, 2013 - 7:24am

 Sean-E-Sean wrote:
Today I learned about Petty Island.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petty_Island

 
Where even the losers get lucky sometimes.
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Posted: Mar 19, 2013 - 7:19am

Today I learned about Petty Island.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petty_Island
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Posted: Feb 20, 2013 - 11:20am

Fine words butter no parsnips

"Meaning: Nothing is achieved by empty words or flattery.

Origin:  This proverbial saying is English and dates from the 17th century. It expresses the notion that fine words count for nothing and that action means more than flattery or promises. You aren't very likely to come across 'fine words butter no parsnips' as 20th century street slang - you are more liable to hear it in a period costume drama.
Potatoes were imported into Britain from America by John Hawkins in the mid 16th century and became a staple in what established itself as the national dish - meat and two veg. Before that, various root vegetables were eaten instead, often mashed and, as anyone who has eaten mashed swedes, turnips or parsnips can testify, they cry out to be 'buttered-up' - another term for flattery. Indeed, the English were known for their habit of layering on butter to all manner of foods, much to the disgust of the French who used it as evidence of the English lack of expertise regarding cuisine and to the Japanese, who referred to Europeans in general and the English in particular as 'butter-stinkers'. This butter habit is evidenced in the various forms of the expression that are found in print in the 1600s - 'fine/fair/soft words butter no parsnips/cabbage/fish/connie'. A typical example is this verse from John Taylor's Epigrammes, 1651:

Words are but wind that do from men proceed;
None but Chamelions on bare Air can feed;
Great men large hopeful promises may utter;
But words did never Fish or Parsnips butter..

The earliest version that I know of in print is in John Clarke's Latin/English textbook Paroemiologia, 1639:

Faire words butter noe parsnips, verba non alunt familiam.

That's all, no more fine words from me."




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