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Random things of possible interest

Dark Roasted Blend mentions in a post about British Pub Signs:

The Pig and Whistle’s origin is obscure, but it could be a corruption of the Anglo-Saxon “piggin wassail” which means “good health”.

One fun part is that there is a German expression of surprise, "Ich glaub mein Schwein pfeift", which translates to "I think my pig's whistling". As far I could could find out from a quick web search, it dates back to the 1970s or possibly 1960. Variations on the "I think" theme include

  • "...mich knutscht ein Elch" ("..a moose is smooching me")
  • "... mein Hamster bohnert" (" hamster's waxing the floor")
  • "...mein Hund spielt Halma" (" dog's playing Halma")

I hadn't encountered the last two before.

Links to share:
15th century "typo demon"

Lucky shot: Photo of an "exploding" meteorite
Astronomical Quilts

Madly Awesome Paper Craft
...and cardboard-craft (Some is like 3d graffiti!

Pretty new spider discovered
'nother article with 'nother photo

Blog tags: Found things


I want quilts like that, but for $1000-$2000, I can sew my own.

In the Philadelphia airport, F terminal, there's an artist who has work on display -- portraits of famous people as carved from telephone directories, and highlighted in ink to bring out the contrast. They're pretty impressive -- I didn't realize what they were until I looked close and saw the listings that remained in the background.