the cellar— More Irresistibles — a selection of links you might find of interest Note: This is the lower level of the cellar, storing the oldest vintages The upper cellar is here
|"I hate quotations. " - Ralph Waldo Emerson||
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My response to Humpty Dumpty as a child was, did
he fall, or was he pushed.
But as the scientists
inform us, toads do not always sound like birds. The Mexican
burrowing toad emits a loud gutteral moan... and "a chorus of
them sounds like a shipload of seasick landlubbers"...Other
species emit nasal quonks, deep moans, faint buzzes, shrill
liquid trills, whistled wheets, warbling chirps, raspy snores,
metallic vibratos, weak low-pitched toots, short squeaks,
doglike barks, deep low-volume honks, or explosive grunts.
And this is only the
beginning of the devastation wrought upon the scientists by the
- Robert M. DeGraaff,
of the Toad
(see this month's top "Irresistible")
We like to think of
[dinosaurs] as creation lizards, or missionary lizards.
Frank Sherwin, researcher and author at the
Creation Research museum
A surprisingly frequently
asked question is can you fly on an airplane with a rabbit.
To Fly or Not to Fly
This began as a site where
I could share some books and writers I've loved over the years,
especially the more obscure ones that people might not have read
in college. But since I put together the
it's becoming a site for people who are curious about what sort
of no-life obsessive-compulsive would do something like that.
It's the true mark of
making it in Australia when you've got this many Port-A-Loos at
What I would like are more
mixed and negative reviews of books. If you look at the reviews
right now, you see a vast sea of saccharine. I refuse to believe
that this is such a golden age that 90 percent of the books
being published are great.
fielding has been sloppier than packet custard
Sydney Morning Herald
This text (The Twelve
Chairs) was the most popular comic novel in Soviet Russia and so
amused Stalin that Ilf and Petrov both died normally.
There is a startling difference between the prices that university libraries must pay for academic journals owned by commercial publishers and the prices for journals owned by professional societies and university presses. - Carl T. Bergstrom and Theodore C. Bergstrom , The Economics of Scholarly Journal Publishing You may be interested to know that global warming, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters are a direct effect of the shrinking numbers of Pirates since the 1800s. For your interest, I have included a graph of the approximate number of pirates versus the average global temperature over the last 200 years. As you can see, there is a statistically significant inverse relationship between pirates and global temperature. - Bobby Henderson, Open letter to Kansas School Board The salsify, or "vegetable oyster," is a typical example of a most
unaccountably slighted vegetable with us, and yet it is highly appreciated on the continent and in the United States. - Philip E. Muskett, "The Art of Living in Australia" (1909?)
Like the peanut, it forms pods and seeds on or just below the ground. To achieve this, the flavor stalk elongates and penetrates the soil. The bulbous tip creates a tunnel through which the fertilized flower, attached just behind the tip, is drawn into the soil. - James M. Stephens, describing the Bambara Groundnut
all the news that interests me - banner, Magic City Morning Star
The Times of India had ruled the roost in Mumbai for so long that no one even bothered to ask, "What came first, the news or the paper?" - Bachi Karkaria, The Times of India
"Hilarious and irritating, this man and his adventures will make you laugh and think about your dreams and how good it is you never tried to make them come true." - Guillermo Maynez, reviewing one of my favourite books, Tartarin de Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet Can the outcomes of military conflicts be predicted, just like the weather? - The Economist, And now, the war forecast Soon every band in the world will have a dedicated keytar player. - Gizmodo Must epidemics always catch humanity by surprise? They kill far more people than war does, while billions of dollars are spent watching the political shifts that presage war. - The next generation of diseases are in hiding, somewhere, Donald G McNeil Jr NYTimes Dec 28 2003 "David Alexander, Confronting Catastrophe: New Perspectives on Natural Disasters. Oxford University Press (Dec 2000), Remaindered, 2003" but now due Oct 22 2005 super eggplant: Another blog about knitting, sewing, baking, and other stuff - title
Pacific Catch opened Monday, putting the word "fish" in official. - Marin Independent Journal
When people blame words they are actually blaming the society that uses them.- John Simpson, chief editor, Oxford English Dictionary, quoted by the BBC, Farmers stew over 'couch potato' It's just as well government doesn't have control of the dictionary. - Anonymous You have to respect a student who can stay well-accessorized in the rain. - Molly Fergus, student correspondent, CNN The serious part of learning something is done outside the classroom and by the individual. - Ben Peek Under America's system of religious freedom, church and state are separate. Still, we have learned that faith is not solely a private matter....These are the good works of good people relying on the wisdom of the Good Book, a book that tells us how God rescued life from the flood waters. And like Noah and his family, we have faith that as the waters recede, we will see life begin again. - President George W Bush, speech Using a church key style can opener, make a few more holes in the top of the can. - Beer Can Chicken with Cola Barbeque Sauce , Food Network "Please don't talk about dinosaurs" - what I was told a few years ago by US elementary school officials after I gave an invited talk about Australia. I'd showed the children pictures of fossils that I said "dated from the age of dinosaurs." "Sure, part of me recognises the contradiction in buying someone a book for no good reason in the week where people say you should buy a book for no good reason, but so what? I have friends. Some of them can even read. Pornography, mostly, but it's still reading. And because I'm going to do it, I think you all should do it, too. So: spread it round. Buy someone a book. Preferably one they'll like." - Ben Peek, spruiking (for no good reason) Buy a Friend a Book Belch thou near no manis face with a corrupt fumosity. - Boke of Nature, or Schoole of Good Maners As anyone who's gained or lost weight well knows, getting fat really ruins your life, and getting thin doesn't fix it. - Jean Gonick Scientific theories have to prove their worth by surviving the scrutiny of professional scientists. It is only then that they can be taught as science. Intelligent design doesn't deserve special treatment. - Joe Kaplinsky, Creationism, pluralism, and the teaching of science Spiked The injection of live animal cells into human brains is likely to raise ethical concerns and fears of pig viruses being transmitted to humans. But researchers say the benefits of a cure outweigh such concerns. - Gaia Vince, Pig cell implants in Huntington's trial New Scientist, 11 Aug 2005 "What we found was completely unexpected. We found that the human and pig cells had totally fused in the animals' bodies," said Jeffrey Platt, director of the Mayo Clinic Transplantation Biology Program. ...Importantly, the team also found that porcine endogenous retrovirus (PERV), which is present in almost all pigs, was also present in the hybrid cells. Previous laboratory work has shown that while PERVs in pig cells cannot infect human cells, those in hybrid cells can. The discovery therefore suggests a serious potential problem for xenotransplantation.
- Gaia Vince, Pig-human chimeras contain cell surprise New Scientist, 13 January 2004 Christians enter here All others enter here - Repent America "cotton wool, sticking plasters and restorative stiff drinks" Whew, I only recognized one of these without having to think about it. Talk about two peoples divided by a common language! - Larry Brennan, comment on Making Light: Memo to British Fandom FLORAL BASKET TO KIM JONG IL
Pyongyang, July 29 (KCNA) -- Leader Kim Jong Il was presented with a floral basket by the first Japanese delegation for the study of the Juche idea on a visit to the DPRK. It was handed to an official concerned by Yoshio Suzuki, president of the Hokkaido Society for the Study of Kim Jong Il Works, who is leading the delegation. - top story, Korean Central News Agency If you find the tap off please could you turn it on and leave it running. Thanks. - gallery notice beside running tap 'art project' protesting water waste, The House Gallery, London For the building of a new Japan Let's put mind and strength together, Doing our best to promote production, Sending our goods to the peoples of the world, Endlessly and continuously, Like water gushing from a fountain. Grow industry. Grow grow grow! Harmony and sincerity. Matsushita Electrical. - Company hymn Observations are gold; hypotheses, silver; and conclusions, bronze. - The Corpus Callosum The maggots are not harmed by this paint, and they are released as adults after they have completed their development. - Maggot Art Here's Halgerda tessellata, displaying the cosmopolitan insouciance that has made it the envy of boulevardiers from Manitoba to Kwajalein. - Bouphonia The most famous book of domestic reference in the English language. - Cover blurb for Enquire Within upon Everything, 113th edition Everyone grumbled. The sky was grey.
We had nothing to do and nothing to say.
We were nearing the end of a dismal day,
And then there seemed to be nothing beyond,
Daddy fell into the pond! ... - Alfred Noyes Happy are wee who from virtue are free. - Anon. English Poetry manuscript; with a group of recipes, some magical. 1702. ...she was a little solitary wasp - handicapped, dependent, timid - but she accepted the ministrations of a man and became a friend - George D. Shafer, The Ways of a Mud Dauber I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated. - Poul Anderson 'Life is very strange' said Jeremy. 'Compared with what?' replied the spider. - Anon. (in N. Moss Men Who Play God, 1970) " So big and bright are these black fishes' bellies that one time I thought a bedsheet had blown into the lagoon, but no. It was only two mantas twirling in circles." - Susan Scott " Wind is caused by the trees waving their branches." - Ogden Nash Who needs an afterlife when you have got sweets? - Tim Richardson Here's Halgerda tessellata, displaying the cosmopolitan insouciance that has made it the envy of boulevardiers from Manitoba to Kwajalein. - Bouphonia One creative mind in a thousand is perfectly sufficient. Any more and the country would collapse in chaos. - Yasunori Nishijima Everyone grumbled. The sky was grey.
We had nothing to do and nothing to say.
We were nearing the end of a dismal day,
And then there seemed to be nothing beyond,
Daddy fell into the pond! ... - Alfred Noyes I should not think of devoting less than twenty years to an epic poem. - Samuel Taylor Coleridge A classic is something everybody wants to have read and no one wants to read. - Mark Twain Ruthie was at that tender age when monsters first start to show up. Not that they ever stop, of course, but no one tells you that when you're 4. - Jean Gonick Man: Hello, my boy. And what is your dog's name? Boy: I don't know. We call him Rover. - Stafford Beer
21 January 2005
The mysterious Bunyip
The Magic Pudding
Oobleck and glurch
The over-exciting life of a
the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus
Afghan camelmen in Australia
Frontier settlement on the Moon
He burns the
coarse wool coat
way to say he really loves her
fantastical joys of Melencolia
conditions in the movies
Science-Fiction & Fantasy "Preferred Editions" list:
"if the word 'Disney'
appears anywhere on or in the book, run
Fine Cell Work
ID card marches forward
The Great Scottish Haggis
"One of Edward's mistresses was Jane Shore, who has had a play
written about her, but it is a tragedy, and therefore not worth
The Politics of Nutella
the United States stands for
army's morale on the downswing
"Freedom" cake plate
"Fish have a memory span of
at least three months"
Time War Recipes"
Royal Baking Powder Co.
Dull Men's Club
The Tremendous Adventures of Major Brown
3 January 2005 Calendars through the ages Gods give and the gods take away Mahout Elephant burial grounds in the USA The Tamil poetry of the inner world 100 most deadly disasters of the 20th century Tens of millions could die from flu A few bellybuttons to help you on your way to Nirvana Mistresses of the sea: Female pirates Museum of questionable medical devices A Visit to the Optometrist Eyes under the microscope Acid test The exploding cream cracker, "barking dog", and other Delights of Chemistry Islamic medical manuscripts The Tell-Tale Heart Another tell-tale heart The beet-ing heart of a burger Chocolate beetroot cake What ho! My hero, PG Wodehouse Wodehouse and the real Empress of Blandings National Hollerin' Contest
The Tristram Shandy Web
17 December 2004Breadfruit & Frangipani Scattered, Covered, Smothered Archive of alphabetical possibilities Larks' Tongues in Aspic The voice that touched India's soul Songbird in springtime Keepers of the Peace Future Force Warrior The Toys of Peace "No good American will be left behind" The history of rations General Amherst's spruce beer Debatable brewers' recipe: Lemon-ginger beer Floral radiographs: The secret garden How M'Dougal Topped the Score A connoiseur of desolation Peace doesn't have to be elusive in the Holy Land Interplanetary Chess Congress
3 December 2004 Ex-Libris Unexpected delights: The Book of Prefaces Three-headed frog? The Other Sleeping Beauties Black Brillion The Quintessential Quince Dihydrogen Monoxide Conspiracy Toxic Custard Guide to Australia A taste of English "Plain and Simple" Tobermory Christian dinosaur hunters Islamic Creationism Crank o' the Day A pie, a pint, a puff - welcome to the nanny state The Life of Pies The Genizah at the House of Shepher ' Israel shocked by image of soldiers forcing violinist to play at roadblock The Word in Times of Crisis Dancing Arabs The music of Mikołaj Zieleński, "The most perfect Venetian in Poland" Love among the Chickens
15 November 2004 Tasmanian Tiger "what you are about to see will never make you trust another pair of shoes, or feet again" "I am greatly deceiv'd" A great flame-warrior of the 1700s An elegant injunction against "phrases offensive or injurious publicity" "Mules don't muse on life's unfairness" 100 most frequently challenged books of 1990 - 2000 "Collecting dedications is a harmless pursuit for the alert reader. I commend it for anyone with nothing better to do." Chinese glass beads: New evidence Russian men, American men Animal-to-human transplants and public health: Who pays, and with what? The Tang Dynasty Underwater Pyramid Rai music "Ouelli el Darek" Tea The poetry of Yitzak Laor and the Courage to Refuse Stranded on the Island of Dangerous Toys Snapdragon! Three Fat Men: A revolutionary fairy tale
30 October 2004 The bottom of the Calf to the Castle-Trawl-Net and for dessert, my favourite: The Lemon Tart Lost Pages' Halloween Special The Mystery of the Min Min Lights The Round Earth & Christopher Columbus Illusion Art Museum Illusions in Publishing On sincerity in literature The Magic and Oddities Trail Serpent Player's Amazing Cheesecake Recipe Serpent Quotes and Anecdotes "The great thing about being ignored is that you can speak the truth with impunity" Australian Political Cartooning Third letter to Uncle Sam The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Will Rogers plays Ichabod Crane
17 October 2004 Cane Toad Leather gifts "for birthdays & Christmases weddings and anniversaries." How Rupert Murdoch's Times of London reported the same lecture Insects' Eyes Q. What happened then?
A. He told me, he says, "I have to kill you because you can
Q. Did he kill you?
10 October 2004 Waratahs are blooming now! Trilobite Cookies Jack's House Dinosaur buoyancy The most magical Dragon of all Snake and Serpent Husbands in Folktales Musical Leather Gallery How to write and say "My hovercraft is full of eels" in Sabethir, and other language aids for travel in invented worlds Dead City Library The Great Bell The Yes (Prime) Minister Files To Live and Work The Lion "What puts the 'ape' in ape-ricot?" Tartarin of Tarascon First verse of the Internationale sung in Russian, followed by the US anthem; by Metropolitan Opera Chorus & National Broadcasting Company Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Arturo Toscanini (New York, 1941) MP3 (2.3MB, 2:27, 128Kbps) from Here Robots in the Victorian Era
3 October 2004 Everything you wanted to know about Nudibranchs but were too timid to ask Werechihuahua and other delights
The Bat Bomb projectThe Enchanted Typewriter
24 September 2004 "Sing a song of 5,000 crores, a pocket full of wry . . ." "If every individual with an agenda had his/her way, the shelves in the school library would be close to empty." The Box of Robbers Should the US Prez elections go global?
The virtuous medlar circle
is part of
Anna Tambour and Others