Monday, November 12, 2012

A List of Things You Should Probably Find Interesting

Yeah, a lot of them are on Wikipedia. Didn’t you know that Wikipedia has cornered the market on context-free trivia? But not all of them are on Wikipedia, importantly, see, because I’m actually very well-read.

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The Mountain Meadows Massacre — one of the stranger bits of Mormon history I’ve ever learned about, and I only happened across it as a result of Sherlock.

The strange story of Olive Oatman, an Illinois woman abducted by Native Americans in 1851 and then released five years later. There’s a great deal of misinformation about her, and this piece sought to clear up ten of the most widely told Olive Oatman myths.

The story of how the pronunciation of the Spanish word for parsley figured into a genocide. And while we’re at it, Wikipedia’s big list of shibboleths, which includes lollapalooza, because why shouldn’t it.

Belphegor’s Prime is a 29-digit palindromic prime number that, clearly, is evil.

Wikipedia’s list of historical bachelors, which skews rather… old.

The Wikipedia page for The Nanny actor Benjamin Salisbury, which is notable only for the fact that it alleges that he was cast to play Bart Simpson in a purported live-action Simpsons movie that I’ve never heard mentioned anywhere else ever.

There is a video game whose title is Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel, because someone thought that was a good idea.

Pineberries are white-fleshed, red-seeded strawberries that taste like pineapples.

Stag farts, a traditional sign of summer.

Pigasus, a candidate for U.S. President in 1968.

Bald-hairy, the nature of the Russian political cycle.

The flower Lamprocapnos spectabilis, which is pretty, yes, but which is perhaps more notable for its non-scientific names, which include old-fashioned bleeding-heart, lyre flower, Venus’s car, lady in a bath and, best of all, Dutchman's trousers.

There’s also the Amazon milk frog, the zebra-striped, blue-mouthed little weirdo you see at the top of this post.

Jenny Hanivers — dried ray carcasses modified to look like water dragon babies — are the most horrifying things ever.

And finally the web video series “Cooking With Dog,” which stars a Japanese woman who must surely be in on the joke made in the title, no? Surely.



And speaking of unexpected things made by Japanese people, there’s also a Les Miserables fighting game in which you can fight as Jean Valjean, Eponine or even Judgment personified.


Have a happy, productive Monday. Or don’t, and just enjoy the links.

7 comments:

  1. And speaking of unexpected things made by Japanese people, there’s also a Les Miserables fighting game in which you can fight as Jean Valjean, Eponine or even Judgment personified.

    I've heard about that before, actually. One of the characters is Robo-Jean, because that totally makes sense.

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    1. Really, I hoped they would have worked Robo-Jean into the film version of Les Miz, because then I would have given a shit about its existence.

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  2. I love that frog! Hard to believe something like that is actually real.

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    1. Honestly, I haven't seen it myself, so I can't say that it's real. But I'd be a lot happier thinking it's real, you know?

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  3. I found so many things delightful in Cooking with Dog. The narration, the level of detail in the instructions (remove from steamer and put on plate), the fact that the dog just sits there the whole time. It filled me with joy.

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    1. Is better than filling you with dog, no?

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  4. Well i found this interesting soo...well done?

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