According to my dictionary (MW11), a bascule is “an apparatus or structure (such as a drawbridge) in which one end is counterbalanced by the other.” Apparently it’s from a French word for seesaw.
Not that people should go around laming ducks, in hopes that it will reduce the power of the presidency.
I’m disappointed to find that “Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn” doesn’t turn into anything interesting when rot-13ed. (It becomes “Cu'atyhv ztyj'ansu Pguhyuh E'ylru jtnu'anty sugnta.” (Perhaps I’ll try to turn Pguhyuh into a catchphrase, the way alt.folklore.urban turned furrfu into a catchphrase.)
On an article about coyotes this morning, I saw a scrolling ad. Because of the way it was scrolling, it appeared to say: Learn About Beast Augmentations I had to look closely at it to see that there was indeed an R in that third word, and that it was in fact talking about breast […]
I'd gladly cough to being wrong, if I am indeed wrong.
Consider the Google joke made, OK?
Yesterday, Sumana told me about Martin Van Buren’s anti-Harrison campaign song from the 1840 US presidential election. Harrison’s slogan and campaign song was, famously, “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too” (because Harrison had been a military leader at the battle of Tippecanoe). Van Buren’s campaign song was to the tune of “Rockabye, Baby,” and the first verse […]
Verboten Siesta would actually be a pretty good name for a band.
From 'June' and 'Nineteenth', obviously. We could call it Emancipation Day, too.
I thought I just heard Maddy Pryor sing “I will bring you a cabbage with wheels of wind.” Turns out it was really a carriage.