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#3766 Sneakeater

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Posted 25 July 2017 - 03:38 AM

No one who grew up in New York would be surprised at THAT.
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Posted 25 July 2017 - 04:03 AM

Nor would anyone who grew up in the South.



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Posted 25 July 2017 - 03:41 PM

Small mammals such as squirrels, rats, mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, chipmunks, rabbits, and hares are almost never found to be infected with rabies and have not been known to cause rabies among humans in the United States. 

 

 

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Posted 25 July 2017 - 03:48 PM

THAT fits more into the "You Learn Something New Everyday" category.
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Posted 27 July 2017 - 10:58 PM

Napoleon Bonaparte created a baby naming law that decreed which names were acceptable. This continued until 1993! when it was decided that parents are free to choose the name unless it is contrary to the interests of the child.  In 2015, a couple wanted to name the kid Nutella, but was denied by the judge, who shortened the name to Ella. 



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Posted 13 August 2017 - 08:43 PM

How could I possibly not have known that Arthur Penn was Irving Penn's brother?


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#3772 Steve R.

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 09:23 PM

How could I possibly not have known that Arthur Penn was Irving Penn's brother?


And their other brother Bic.

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 03:09 PM

Scallops have eyes.


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Posted 05 March 2018 - 05:54 AM

I had no idea that the choreography for The Rite of Spring was so weird. I guess that makes sense.

 

I can't really fault the judgment of posterity that the music isn't enhanced by stomping men wearing bizarre costumes and holding weird contorted poses, though.


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Posted 11 March 2018 - 02:28 AM

Today I realized that I can take the dust jacket off a book while reading it. I felt really clever for about half a second. Then I felt like an utter idiot.


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Posted 16 March 2018 - 12:23 AM

Scallops have eyes.

 

And live ones are likely to snap closed on your fingers if you're not careful. So be grateful they don't have teeth as well.


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Posted 06 April 2018 - 06:33 PM

Learned how to make a tussy mussy today. Which entailed learning what a tussy mussy is.


I don't actually know what a handbasket is -- but whatever they are, singer-songwriters are in the first ones going to hell. -- Sneakeater, 29 March 2018 - 12:06 AM

 

notorious stickler -- NY Times
deeply annoying and nitpicking -- Molly O'Neill, One Big Table


#3778 StephanieL

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 08:42 PM

Learned how to make a tussy mussy today. Which entailed learning what a tussy mussy is.

 

So what is it?


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#3779 Suzanne F

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Posted 07 April 2018 - 03:34 AM

Kind of like a nosegay: a small, tight bouquet, usually in a holder, that is either held in one's hand or pinned onto clothing.

 

The book on brain-health plants I'm Americanizing has a sidebar about making a tussy mussy. Apparently the term is known in the US, at least to what I believe used to be about.com, so I don't have to change it


I don't actually know what a handbasket is -- but whatever they are, singer-songwriters are in the first ones going to hell. -- Sneakeater, 29 March 2018 - 12:06 AM

 

notorious stickler -- NY Times
deeply annoying and nitpicking -- Molly O'Neill, One Big Table


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Posted 07 April 2018 - 02:52 PM

We used to frequently see silver tussy-mussy holders in antique shops and shows on the East Coast.   (Pier Show, Brimfield, Charles Street, etc.) .    Both plate and sterling, heavily engraved or decorated, often with a ring on top to make it easier to hang onto.  

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