Monthly Archives: March 2008

Lord Privy Seals

Richard Dawkins has written a takedown of the upcoming propaganda film Expelled. He’s mostly running through the same (valid) talking points about the stupidity of creationism and intelligent design. What I found most interesting was his use of the term “Lord Privy Seal” to refer to overly-literal cutaway shots that lame documentaries use to illustrate their narrations. Like if the narrator mentions the Lord Privy Seal, we would see a shot of a king followed by a shot of a privy followed by a seal.

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Football – Gridiron and Association

I just took a soccer-themed trip through Wikipedia. I wanted to know why American football is called football and where the word soccer came from.

The answer is that American football descends from a broad family of sports that go back a long long time. American football and Canadian football are forms of gridiron football, which developed from rugby. Of course, rugby can also be called rugby football.

So American football has just as much right to the name as soccer does. Soccer can be more properly called association football, and the word soccer comes from the word association.

Also, internet misinformation is always fun: American football is called football “because the ball is 12 inches long, 1 foot”.

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Puddleblog

Puddleblog is blog about a puddle — just one puddle. It has photos. I’d post one of the photos here but… well it’s a puddle.
via Neatorama

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Bad Flags

 Bad Flags
The Bad Flags blog.
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Camel Toads

I hope you can help me with a problem I have with my godson. … I found an unfinished correspondence to a chum of his in his hometown. In it he says he [is] going to to our local pool to “scout out some camel toads.” … I’m concerned he is doing drugs.

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Tape Recorder Lady

 Tape Recorder Lady
What’s with that lady on the right?

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