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Let’s Review 34: Mondo Bizarro Edition

This is not the dystopia we were promised. We are not learning to love Big Brother, who lives, if he lives at all, on a cluster of server farms, cooled by environmentally friendly technologies. Nor have we been lulled by Soma and subliminal brain programming into a hazy acquiescence to pervasive social hierarchies.

Big snapper: Huge snapping turtle discovered under ice in frozen lake

Do Something! Wait, Do Nothing! Cleaning Up Air Pollution May Strengthen Global Warming – Scientific American

My Vocabulary Size is about: 【22500】! What about you?

Dear #NotMe Feminoids: Men’s sperm aided and abetted in bringing you into this world. Also the hospital which helped safely deliver and care for you was built by men. And the house you sleep in, the shower you bathe in, the car you drive, the logistics network to get food in your refrigerator, and the smartphone you can’t put down.

Scientists Have Figured Out Why Human Skin Doesn’t Leak

Joe Scarborough’s Single Is The Protest Song No One Was Waiting For Imagine yourself as a mad scientist charged with creating a computer program to write the anthem for the next Monsters of Vaguely Folkish Alterna-Rock Festival. The song will be performed by a replicant attempting to pose as a newly woke hipster dedicated to the #resistance. Now imagine that your work is pointless because Joe Scarborough beat you to it,

“If fitting into this culture and society constitutes sanity, then please God, let me never be sane.” — Ann Barnhardt

The Virgin Tea Candle Vs The Chad Tiki Torch | He is a loathsome creature, and he knows it, figuring that his only shot at LSMV pussy will come if he surrenders entirely to effeminacy and androgyny and tells the pussyhat crowd what they want to hear; little does he know this strategy rarely works, and when it does work, the reward is hardly worth the effort. Even ugly feminists are repulsed by the tiny tea candle soyboy’s retreat from masculinity, but it’s not like the femcunts have the goods themselves to score a Chad.

Women who identify as men are not being routinely offered potentially life saving NHS screening for breast and cervical cancer, amid fears it might offend them it is claimed. However men living as women are being invited for cervical smear tests even though they do not have a cervix, an official guidebook states. Crazy Story of the Week | Power Line

What Makes the Hardest Equations in Physics So Difficult?

Nuked too much? Japan’s crazy new gigantic pants-style two-person sleeping bags keep you close to your loved one

These severed octopus tentacles wriggle on your plate. Sannakji

Meanwhile Southern Italians Are Tussling Over Tomatoes –

Meanwhile TODAY THE BREAD IS CRISPED black as charcoal, and run through with cracks.

Meanwhile How the Best Restaurants in the World Balance Innovation and Consistency

Meanwhile How Alaska’s Roadkill Gets a Second Life as Dinner – Gastro Obscura “This is a fabulous bonanza for us. We don’t want to give the impression that we’re celebrating the moose being killed. But if it’s going to happen, then let’s not waste the meat.”

Meanwhile Over 100 Fast Food Lovers Attended a Taco Bell Vigil – Chowhound

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  • Flyover January 24, 2018, 11:13 AM

    That was a solutions quiz… 😉

  • Flyover January 24, 2018, 11:14 AM

    I hate autocorrect.


  • John Venlet January 24, 2018, 11:15 AM

    Rolled a 29,975.

  • browndog January 24, 2018, 11:20 AM

    The vocabulary of a successful 30 y/o American businessman (pfft to businessperson).
    I’m not sure that’s a proper equivalency. Seems to be a low bar these days.

  • pbird January 24, 2018, 11:26 AM

    I came out about like the browndog. Expected better. lol

  • Jim in Alaska January 24, 2018, 11:36 AM

    & Gerard, if your score was really 22,000, I’m quite sure you cheated, entering wrong answers on purpose, just to make the rest of us feel good. Thanks! What a guy!!

  • Rob De Witt January 24, 2018, 11:42 AM


    My only excuse is that I was born before the Baby Boom, and I’m a compulsive reader.

  • Phil in Englewood January 24, 2018, 12:50 PM

    30,325. Another compulsive reader. Also had a fabulous high school English teacher.

  • captflee January 24, 2018, 12:52 PM


    Sure, in some parallel universe my vocabulary is larger than Gerard’s…just not this one. Quirky algorithm? Perhaps that old saw about some seamen being relatively literate owing to having nought else to do off watch has some validity after all?

  • Suburbanbanshee January 24, 2018, 1:01 PM

    Also 30,500, but some of those early questions had very bad answers; I basically had to guess at what the survey makers thought they were doing. And towards the end, I had to guess at the meaning of “avulse.” (Ew! What a terrible word!)

    So yeah, I think at a certain point the quiz is more a matter of testsmanship than wordsmanship. Our Host is much better at words than I.

  • Rob De Witt January 24, 2018, 1:18 PM

    Hard to imagine my vocabulary is that much broader than Gerard’s, all right – despite his tendency to misspell “its” from time to time ;-}

    So if it’s true that he didn’t cheat to make the rest of us feel better, I ‘spect my years as an introvert doing crossword puzzles must be the answer, since I’m self-educated. Also I’ve been getting paid to sing Gregorian for the last couple of years, so there’s been a lot of Latin for the first time.

    And I agree that testing skills is probably a good bit of it.

  • Tony January 24, 2018, 1:47 PM

    29,800 here. And it ain’t how many you know, it’s how you put them together.
    Poetry = language raised to highest and best use, and conveys maximum content with minimum verbiage. Gerard, you win.

  • Freddo January 24, 2018, 1:49 PM

    30150, not bad for a 2nd language.

  • Casey Klahn January 24, 2018, 2:04 PM

    I noticed the only country not marked shithole status is Israel. That’ll really fry the libs.

  • Clayton Barnett January 24, 2018, 2:12 PM

    30325. Reader & writer.

  • Barbara January 24, 2018, 2:47 PM

    29800, pleasant surprise as I don’t read nearly as much as I used to.

  • Will Shakespeare January 24, 2018, 3:40 PM

    My score is 30,150, in the top .01%. Thanks for playing!

  • Deana January 24, 2018, 3:54 PM

    30,150 – due entirely to being a compulsive reader of this wonderful blog.

  • Old Surfer January 24, 2018, 4:04 PM

    30500 – Heavy reader and fucking old to boot! My wife has a genius IQ, way more than me, and she scored 22500 but she’s much younger too.

  • Terry January 24, 2018, 5:09 PM

    Low man on the totem pole. I know I accidentally clicked on one incorrect choice by accident.

  • Vanderleun January 24, 2018, 5:30 PM

    All my incorrect choices were by accident.

  • TJ January 24, 2018, 5:35 PM

    I refuse to participate in that sexist, racist, divisive, offensive, vocabulary-shameing test!

    (And yes, I have alerted the authorities.)

  • Mike Anderson January 24, 2018, 5:49 PM

    29975 puts me in middle of this pack, so I guess I can talk some sh!t, but I ain’t dazzlin’ this crowd.

  • jscd3 January 24, 2018, 6:37 PM

    30150 – but I am only an IT guy so you can’t expect too much…

  • Snakepit Kansas January 24, 2018, 7:22 PM

    21,900. I are idiot.

  • edaddy January 24, 2018, 7:27 PM

    30500 … “You are Shakespeare”???? Bull sheeeeeiitttt!

    Witch Sniffer says this has to be wrong. Hillbillies in fly-over country ain’t supposed to know who Shakespeare is anyway. I sure as hell couldn’t stand that sumbich.

    Grew up reading mom’s harlequin romance novels, anyway. Fabio Lanzoni walks on water as far as I’m concerned. Hell yes.

  • Khorton January 24, 2018, 7:35 PM

    30,325. I guess I better get started on that play… Actually, I’m a reader not a writer.

  • Casey Klahn January 24, 2018, 8:03 PM

    I know better than to take on the editor in a vocab test. Why he’s the writer extraordinaire, and I the reader.

  • TN Tuxedo January 24, 2018, 8:29 PM

    I was quite proud of my 28,925 score.
    That is, until I was forced to scroll past all the comments touting scores of 30K and above in order to tell everyone about it.

  • Blackdog January 24, 2018, 9:21 PM


  • Rob De Witt January 24, 2018, 9:26 PM

    …..in order to tell everyone about it.

    Well Hell yes in order to tell everyone about it. Last time I won anything was over 20 years ago.

    Anyhow, I’m pretty sure this is more about age than anything else. You’re in a crowd that probably didn’t grow up on television, and were taught not only how to read but to enjoy it. There’s no substitute; witness the global semi-literacy of the millennials who grew up with SpelChek and computerized everything, where nothing they read had been proofread either. Not only are we the last people with vocabularies, we’re the last people to care.

  • MMinLamesa January 25, 2018, 2:27 AM

    29100-no way I outscored, trounced, beat out, shelled, drubbed, vanquished, crushed(take your pick) you Mr Van

  • ghostsniper January 25, 2018, 4:22 AM

    Rob is right.
    “….we’re the last people to care.”

    I knew a person once that pronounced it pot-porry.

  • Larry Geiger January 25, 2018, 6:00 AM

    23100. Which it says was top 5%. So all the numbers listed above were in at least the top 10%. Looks good to me.

  • Dr. Mabuse January 25, 2018, 6:34 AM

    Me too, 30,500! Is that 100? I haven’t seen anyone get a higher score.

  • My Shari'a Moor January 25, 2018, 7:24 AM

    What…29,975 (0.12%)…!?
    “I’se quietly proud.” – Pogo Possum (AKA, Walt Kelly, cartoonist), ca. 1954 AD.

  • Dinah January 25, 2018, 7:45 AM

    30,150! Shakespeare, no less! I think vocabulary comes from plenty of reading over many years as well as the desire to know what a ‘new’ word means. The answer comes from context or plain ol’ looking it up. Snake: for a good portion of my life, lots of folks of my acquaintance called it pot-porry. I can’t figure out if they all died off or learned differently somehow. I still say it that way sometimes just to yank a chain. And I am certain Gerard jiggered the test just to make his readers feel ‘quietly proud’. I knew, starting that test, that there wasn’t a chance in Hell I’d come close to his score.

  • edaddy January 25, 2018, 8:22 AM

    Witch Sniffer here throws the BS flag! This hillbilly from flyover country got a 30500, too, and I ain’t never read anything by Harlequin Romances and state statutory law while in prison.

    Like the rest of you fellers, I was so happy with with my score I clicked through the advertisements. My male enhancement pills will get here on Friday with my disability check.

  • Daniel K Day January 25, 2018, 11:34 AM

    Another 30,325 here.

  • Jewel January 25, 2018, 11:45 AM

    I think it is inflation. I scored 28,925. I only use about 1500 of them, and very few of the ones I tested on.

  • Tom January 25, 2018, 1:09 PM

    I did the IQ test from the same site. I clicked I don’t know on every answer. It said my IQ was zero and I was G. W. Bush.

  • Donald Sensing January 25, 2018, 1:14 PM
  • Harry January 25, 2018, 2:44 PM

    Casey Klahn, I noticed tiny Israel too. It must be because they stole all those other countries’ shit.

  • R Daneel January 25, 2018, 4:25 PM


  • Publilius January 25, 2018, 9:43 PM

    Neener neener is the antonym of…

  • Vanderleun January 26, 2018, 9:17 AM

    I am humbled by the outstanding erudition of my readers. I must do better…. must do better…. must do better….

    Then again I remember this little ditty:

    “It’s not what you play,
    lbut how you play it.
    It’s not what you say
    But how you say it.
    It’s the singer,
    Not the song.”

  • waitingForTheStorm January 26, 2018, 2:51 PM

    30,500. I took the test about a year and a half ago. I almost almost win at scrabble, but usually end up in arguments because people think I am making words up.

  • Mikey NTH January 27, 2018, 10:16 AM

    Top 0.01%

  • Ray Van Dune January 27, 2018, 11:48 AM

    Forgot to remember it! 30 K Plus a bunch at least. Could it have been 33K+? Said I was top .01 of one percent. Yes, I love words, why do you ask?