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Happy Christmas Eve; Tipsy; Quotes

Hello and Happy Christmas!! Hope everyone has a wonderful evening and a wonderful tomorrow!! :)

Apologies as I've had a margarita with Redd and Toaster but I read something interesting in the Know it All so I thought I'd share.

Did you know Ian Fleming of James Bond fame wrote Chitty Chity Bang Bang??

And that Fondue supposedly originated during a Swiss truce in the 16th century when Protestants brought bread and Catholics brought cheese (or vice versa). He described it as a Reese's Peanut Butter Cups moment but with more war and religion. I thought it neat since we just had six Protestents go to Christmas Mass with our Catholic friend. We should have gone out for fondue afterwards instead of Mexican food.

Finally, for fowl the term duck only applies to females! The male duck should be called a drake. Mr. Jacobs, in relating this to his experiences, said Daffy Duck's true daffiness must be gender identy disorder :)

Oh, and aposiopesis is the deliberate failure to complete a sentece, as in "Why you..." or "Why, I ought to..." The author suggested a t-shirt that says "Aposiopesis makes me want to ..." which I thought brilliant. And anyone who gets emails from herzograven will love this word. I never really used the ... before getting his emails! Now I find myself using ... in nearly every email I sent out. I even used it twice in my Christmas newsletter. And everytime I type it ... I smile. I love my friends. And I love big words like aposiopesis. Life couldn't be better! Or could it...

Love this book.

EDIT: I read a book a few years ago, I'm thinking Fermat's Enigma (definately a Simon Singh book), where the author talked about Pythagoras so I was excited to see AJ Jacobs have a section on Pythagoras as I thought it would be a review for me and I could feel "knowledgable". But I learned something! The word "square root" actually comes from Pythagoras's little crazy cult (which I did know about!) when they used their gnomon to represent numbers

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being a perfect square representation of the number 16. He realized from this the four dots at the bottom of the square was the root of 16. Four dots forming a square and being the root of 16. So "square root". And then he figured out how to get square roots in general that probably weren't so nicely square. But it started out sensibly enough. Math can be cool. Especially after tequila.


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Dec. 25th, 2007 07:35 am (UTC)
That's funny you mentioned Chitty Chitty bang-bang. Tonight after margaritas, we went back to Reddhead's house so I could wait out the margarita. We wound up watching "Top Gear" the David Tennant episode! *yay!*
During one of the commercial brakes, we heard an advertisement for a British show called "Titty-Titty-Bang-Bang.”

Jason's gonna do a search, and we're going to find out what the hell it's about. =o)

Oh, and if I haven't said it... MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
Dec. 27th, 2007 09:40 pm (UTC)
John downloaded it and showed it to me last night! now we want to watch the billie piper one. what did they call her? the pipester? pipe something. we're figuring on showing the Tennet one Saturday before the Chrismas Titanic.

let me know about the bang bang show!!! LOL!
Dec. 25th, 2007 10:17 am (UTC)
hey ginger nut! .... are you making fun of me and my "...'s"?
hehe .... it's just a stupid habit i picked up in the ICQ days ... before stupid MSN and AIM became mainstream .... ICQ was the thing and almost everyone typed like that ....

it's just easier and well ..... almost quicker than using correct punctuation!

at least i don't say Jennfer Gardner, Josh Weadon, (and the new one) Dailekts (instead of Dalek!) .... but hey .... we all have our weirdnesesses :D

love you
merry xmas
Dec. 27th, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC)
i love your ... 's!!!

i thought they were a German thing!! i didn't know it was ICQ, i thought it was fancy European writing, like using grid paper! LOL!

can't wait for tomorrow :)
and Saturday should be Christmas DW!!! whoot!!!

love you bunches xoxoxox :)
Dec. 27th, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC)
So I'm taking down decorations and not watching the news much, I just saw the assassination and read this story


about the reactions by the Pakistani community in Canada. How is your family doing?
Dec. 28th, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
Pakistan and Assassinations are words your hear together VERY frequently. The lady who was just killed was a former Prime Minister (she was in charge in the 80's). Not sure where my parents stand with that, but I'm sure it's not of great relevance to them since it's not really effect them a lot. It's just sad that people get shot like that by cowards like that. Politicians really ought to fight it out 1 on 1 in a cage match, scrabble, UNO, Halo, or something other than killing people!
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