Saturday, February 23, 2013

Merry monkeyfy

My favorite Christmas present last year was a shriveled up rubber monkey doll hand from Moe.  The story behind how he got it cracks me up, too.  He saw it at a flea market stand and immediately knew I'd love it.  He didn't want to seem too eager or excited and end up paying a lot so he said to the seller, "How much for this broken hand?"  and the guy said, "Oh that?  You can have that!"  Moe said, "Well, do you have anything I can put it in?  I don't want anything to happen to it."  The guy gave him this neat little box (btw, if you didn't know either, cellugraf signals are little colorful clips used to mark the edges of files).  So he didn't have to pay for it or gift-wrap it and it's just silly and perfect!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Dord was a word

In this handsome dictionary published by Merriam-Webster in 1934, there is a word that does not exist.  A chemistry editor wrote a note for an entry to be added as "D or d" for an abbreviation for density. The spaces were omitted and the fake word "dord" remained for years. Besides being just an interesting story, the mistake allowed the company to see who was copying its dictionaries.  Next time you play Scrabble or Fictionary, try this word out, but make sure you have this ancient, sixteen-pound dictionary to back you up!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Daity hairpin lace

When I bought some yarn at a thrift shop, I was psyched to find a bit of hairpin lace in the bag.  It seems to have been crocheted in the wrong direction with the loops unable to slide off the hairpin prongs after the strip gets to a certain length.  Maybe this is why it was abandoned, or maybe there was a special length or technique in mind.  Regardless, the delicate spines come off the fork and eventually get joined together to make beautiful patterns used in clothing and home furnishings.   

Friday, February 8, 2013

Amazing animated short

Of all the Oscar-nominated animated shorts, I like one on the "highly commended" list best of all.  Abiogenesis is an animated short film gorgeously illustrated and animated by Richard Mans.  The trailer doesn't even begin to show the fast paced fantasy and its dazzling machines.

Thursday, February 7, 2013