Archive for June 10th, 2011


The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind

June 10, 2011
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We don’t devote enough scientific research to finding a cure for jerks.
—Calvin & Hobbes
color: apricot with cranberry swirls
scent: tangerine and daffodil
gemstone: amazonite
Know those days (weeks, months) when too many people you meet are impatient, short-tempered and irritating? When someone you work with is rude, condescending or possibly even unethical? When the person you’ve been dating turns out to be a big scummy jerk? When the very thought of interacting with one more person causes you to grab fistfuls of hair and scream bloody murder? When you want to answer every ringing phone by shouting “WHAT?!” When you’re pretty sure you’ll hurl a loaded stapler at the next person who walks through the door? Me too.
Now we can turn off the phone, light this candle and heave a big sigh of relief, because our kiss my ass candles create a magical force field impenetrable by jerks, especially when accompanied by fierce scowling and a maniacal grin. The perfect combo for many workplaces!
Zena Moon ~ Gifts For The Spirit

Hit the Woad, Jack

June 10, 2011

Image Credit: Make Your Own Woad

Here are two more things you should know the difference between: road and woad. One is a thing that you drive along in a car, or on a bicycle, and the other is a kind of blue body paint that British people used to wear thousands of years ago instead of clothes. Usually it’s quite easy to tell these two apart, but if you find it at all difficult to say your r‘s properly, it can lead to terrible confusion: imagine trying to ride a bicycle on a small patch of blue paint, or having to dig up an entire street just to have something to wear if you fancy spending the evening with some Druids.

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Druids used to live thousands of yers ago. They used to wear long white robes and had very strong opinions about what a wonderful thing the sun was. Do you know what an opinion is? I expect someone in your family has probably got one, so you could ask them to tell you about it. Asking people about their opinions is a very good way of making friends. Telling them about your own opinions can also work, but not always quite as well.

how Druids got rid of people whose opinions they didn't like

Nowadays most peopole know what a wonderful thing the sun is, so there aren’t many Druids around anymore, but there are still a few just in case it slips our mind from time to time. If you find someone who has a long white robe and talks about the sun a lot, then you might have found a Druid. If he turns out to be about two thousand years old, then that’s a sure sign.

Storyteller Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt


“I’ve been pestered by squirrels all night,’ said Arthur. “They keep on trying to give me magazines and stuff.”

June 10, 2011

In those days spirits were brave, the stakes were high, men were real men, women were real women and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri. ~ Douglas Adams

Need More Squirrels? 

Scamper over to Squirrels Gone Wild!


The Permanence of Instinct

June 10, 2011

Image Credit: The Book of Barely Imagined Beings

Born in French town Saint-Leons in Aveyron in a poor family, Fabre started his career at the age of 19 as a teacher. Students of the college of Ajaccio, Corsica were lucky to have him teaching there. Since 1852 students of Avignon lyceum had also welcomed Fabre in their alma mater and were captivated by his marvelous teaching ability. Yet, Fabre’s vivid mind and extraordinary passion to science didn’t let him to stop at that point. During his long and fruitful life Jean-Henri Fabre tried himself as a physicist, chemist and botanist.

Despite Fabre’s passion to many sciences, his most famous achievements lie in the sphere of entomology. This science studying the life and the habits of insects became his greatest passion and until his death Jean-Henri Fabre kept observing and making notes about these amazing tiny creatures inhabiting any piece of nature, including scientist’s own backyard.

Source: Jean-Henri Fabre: Welcome to the Amazing World of the Insects


For as Long as the Stars

June 10, 2011

Glow worms: Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

Image Credit: BossClark DownUnder

There was once a glow-worm who emerged out into the world for the first time, and beheld the night sky. While her sisters took their places on the blades of grass to await the menfolk, she stayed gazing at the stars.

Before long Stargazer’s sisters began to glow and twinkle around her in the grass. To the young glow-worm it was a pretty sight, but not as glorious as the stars above.

Now it is the way of glow-worms for the menfolk and womenfolk to each be blessed with a different gift. The menfolk may fly among the heavens, yet are dull to behold. The womenfolk glow like gems, yet are wingless, and must remain among the tall grass. [Read more]

From The Fable of the Glow-worm by Barry J. Northern

I wish I was a glow worm,
A glow worm’s never glum.
‘Cos how can you be grumpy
When the sun shines out your bum!


The Hand of Lon

June 10, 2011
Illustration from the circa 1305 Manesse Codex showing the habit of a Teutonic knight.

Three skeletons were discovered May 2007 in a crypt under the cathedral in Kwidzyn in northern Poland – formerly known by the German name Marienwerder – along with pieces of silk and ornate brooches, which were a sign of high religious rank.

The Teutonic Knights’ order was founded in the Holy Land in 1190, during the Third Crusade. Despite its name, its members came from a handful of European regions, and not only German-speaking areas.

In 1226 the Polish Duke Konrad of Mazovia invited the knights to help him conquer the pagan population of neighbouring Prussia.

The order gradually took control of large stretches of the Baltic coast, establishing a state with its capital at Marienburg – today’s Malbork in northern Poland.

The knights fought a string of successful military campaigns against their neighbours.

But their power declined after they were defeated by an army of Poles and Lithuanians in 1410 at the Battle of Grunwald, which is still seen as a key moment in the history of both peoples.

The order lost its religious character in the 16th century, and its domain was transformed into the Duchy of Prussia, which endured in various guises until Germany lost the territory to Poland and Russia after World War II.

“Anthropological and DNA testing has enabled us to back up the theory that these are the remains of the grand masters. We can be 96 percent certain,” Bogumil Wisniewski, head of a team which found the skeletons.

Wisniewski said his team was convinced the men were Werner von Orseln, who led the knights from 1324-1330, Ludolf Koenig (1342-1345), and Heinrich von Plauen (1410-1413).

Story found

From the Muse

Ludolf Koenig!  Is this an ancestor of  Lon Koenig of Lon Koenig Games, who created the Archetype Storytelling Cards that featured here a few posts back?

Could Ludolf Koenig, Grand Master, Teutonic Knight have been involved in the creation of a much earlier deck of cards: like the Tarot?

Doncha love it when life is stranger than fiction……

Malbork Castle: the biggest brick castle in Eastern Europe built in 13th century in the vicinity of Gdansk (60 km). This gothic castle, with a system of defensive walls, towers, a labyrinth of chambers, dungeons and architectural details, was the headquarters of the order of the Teutonic Knights. Unconquerable stronghold of 50-acre area was one of the largest fortresses of medieval Europe.


Don’t worry. Everything is getting nicely out of control….

June 10, 2011

Image Credit: Lukehoney-the greasy spoon

You will need to know the difference between Friday and a fried egg. It’s quite a simple difference, but an important one. Friday comes at the end of the week, whereas a fried egg comes out of a hen. Like most things, of course, it isn’t quite that simple. The fried egg isn’t properly a fried egg till it’s been put in a frying pan and fried. This is something you wouldn’t do to a Friday, of course, though you might do it on a Friday. You can also fry eggs on a Thursday, if you like, or on a cooker. It’s all rather complicated, but it makes a kind of sense if you think about it for a while.

Blizzard: Ånstad, Andørja (Ibestad) in northern Norway

Image Found: Photos from Northern Norway ~ a photo blog

It’s also good to know the difference between a lizard and a blizzard. This is quite an easy one. Though the two things sound very much alike, you find them in such very different parts of the world that it is a very simple matter to tell them apart. If you are somewhere inside the Arctic circle then what you are looking at is probably a blizzard, whereas if you are in a hot and dry place like Madagascar or Mexico, it’s more likely to be a lizard.

Coquerel's sifaka lemur

Image Credit: New York Post

This animal is a lemur. There are lots of different kinds of lemurs, and they nearly all live in Madagascar. Madagascar is an island ~ a very large island: much, much larger than your hat, but not as large as the moon.

So long, and thanks for the kiss!

Image Found: Goodstuff’s cyberworld

The moon is much larger than it appears to be. This is worth remembering because next time you are looking at the moon you can say in a deep and mysterious voice, “The moon is much larger than it appears to be,” and people will know that you are a wise person who has thought about this a lot.

This particular kind of lemur is called a ring-tailed lemur. Nobody knows why it is called this, and generations of scientists have been baffled by it. One day a very wise person indeed will probably work out why it is called a ring-tailed lemur. If this person is exceedingly wise, then he or she will only tell very close friends, in secret, because otherwise everybody will know it, and then nobody will realise how wise the first person to know it really was.

~ Storyteller: Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt