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The SciFright Zone: Blending the Sound of a Baby Elephant, a Growling Tiger, and an Alligator's Snarl

Those who asked, "What's that sound?" on the ancient African veldt don't have many, if any, descendants. The "startle reflex" is the fastest thought that you can have.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at Nov 6, 2013 8:14 AM |  Comments (2)  | QuickLink: Permalink
"Hailush:" New Form of SnowRain Identified in Seattle

aoobleck.jpgThere's an old hoax concerning Eskimos and their hundreds of words for snow. Like all good hoaxes it sounds right, especially to those who don't know much about the Inuit. But it still is wrong. It is a myth.

I am, however, undaunted by the failure of the Inuit. I am working on compiling hundreds of words for rain. All derived from careful and miserable observation here in Seattle. Especially in light of the severe snow pasting received yesterday which is today followed up by the latest variation of snorain, a variation so unique that it calls out for its own word.

My newest word is "Hailush." This is a fat blob of moisture that contains all the qualities of hail and slush at the moment it strikes you right between the eyes. Think of a "Hailush" storm as thousands of wet melting snowballs about a quarter of an inch in diameter pelting you without mercy. That's "Hailush" -- pronounced "hail - ooosh." (Rhymes with "WTF?!")

The closest relative to Hailush in literature is, of course, "Ooblek" from the Dr. Seuss classic "Bartholomew and the Oobleck."

Oobleck does share some of the properties of Hailush. As we learn in the sacred text of Dr. Seuss, Oobleck
"Won't look like rain.
Won't look like snow.
Won't look like sleet.
That's all we know."

Well, I'm here to tell you that Oobleck, once you drift its properties down close to freezing, looks and feels a lot like Hailush.

Now you might think Hailush, like Oobleck, is a myth. But I'm here to tell you that the only myth currently on display here in Seattle is the Myth of Global Warming. And yes, my little Gore-Aid drinkers, I recognize that one winter doth not make a trend. But until your "settled science" is a bit more settled, would you please stop sending your brainwashed children around to my door collecting signatures and donations to the frigtarded Sierra Club so that we can save the planet? There's been three in the past month.

The next one to ring the bell is going to get a pail full of Hailush!

Posted by Vanderleun at Jan 19, 2012 11:06 AM |  Comments (5)  | QuickLink: Permalink
The River Rushes to Rise Inside the Wind: "When Winds take Forests in the Paws— The Universe—is still— "
Posted by Vanderleun at Jun 2, 2011 12:14 PM |  Comments (4)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Thursday's Links Have Far to Go

    Posted by Vanderleun at Apr 16, 2009 1:15 AM | QuickLink: Permalink
    It's Wednesday and it's time for Tea


      Posted by Vanderleun at Apr 15, 2009 12:12 PM | QuickLink: Permalink

      Unmanned Flying Wing Reported Seen in Afghanistan (Artist's conception)

      Posted by Vanderleun at Apr 14, 2009 10:43 AM |  Comments (3)  | QuickLink: Permalink
      Tweets Just In


      Posted by Vanderleun at Apr 13, 2009 9:44 AM |  Comments (4)  | QuickLink: Permalink
      Newsnotes that make you go, "Tell me more..."


      In an article today about the tribulations of the rich,Beverly Hills pawnshops snap up artwork, Rolexes, we read this teasing morsel:

      "Well, I had the last sale yesterday and the buyer was Michael Jackson," said Iranian-born David Delijani, owner of European Fine Antiques.

      "His agent came here about a month ago and he lied to me, he said that he was a business man in construction and asked me to take some pictures here.

      "Yesterday he came back to explain the situation and he told me: 'I'm with my celebrity, he's waiting into the car, next door', and in less than five minutes Michael Jackson arrived with two bodyguards, a little boy," Delijani said.

      End of information.

      Reminds me of William Burrough's crack in The Yage Letters, "In Uraguay, I travelled light. Just a toothbrush and a little boy."

      Posted by Vanderleun at Mar 13, 2009 3:45 PM | QuickLink: Permalink
      A Tsunami of Good Bad News

      New York Times Company Stock Falls to $7.34

      If this keeps up the Sulzberger family may have to buy it back. If they have any cash left behind the sofa cushions.

      Posted by Vanderleun at Nov 14, 2008 7:44 PM |  Comments (4)  | QuickLink: Permalink
      ReadRight Overflow: 300 Blogs a Day

      I track about 300 blogs a day via Google Reader (If you don't have it, get it.) using a customized interface. Most of the time, items that I think are worthy or interesting are posted in the ReadRight sidebar. Today, my capture buffer overfloweth... hence the following.

      • The Anglo-American Interregnum:
        "Said Interregnum, which we are of course still in, has been a period of global monotonic decline in official authority. As in the late Roman period, declining official authority, declining personal morality, and increasing public bureaucracy are observed in synchrony. This is not in any way a coincidence. The combination is an infallible symptom of the great terminal disease of the polity - leftism. Leftism is cancer. At least in its present adult, sclerotic and non-fulminating form, it is extremely slow in its progress, but the end is not in doubt."- Unqualified Reservations: Patchwork: a positive vision (part 1)

      • NATO For Sale "Red Storm Rising," the Remake.

      • Belmont Club » If no intent, why the capability? "Some will argue that neither the West nor Israel have anything to worry about so long as it "reaches out" to Teheran; so long as it keeps the Ayatollahs happy. The problem with relying on pure diplomacy while allowing Iran to acquire an offensive capability is that if diplomacy fails, it fails catastrophically."

        Posted by Vanderleun at Nov 13, 2008 1:10 PM |  Comments (5)  | QuickLink: Permalink
      Rancor, Regrets, and Recriminatoons

      Morning and mourning afterthoughts are filling up the "Newest" category @ Some Ecards



      Posted by Vanderleun at Nov 6, 2008 6:12 PM |  Comments (4)  | QuickLink: Permalink
      These Just In

      It would seem that some people just don't know the difference between November and January:

      Stocks fall as investors ponder Obama presidency

      Baghdad rocked by fresh bombings

      Gaza rockets fired after clashes

      Iran army warns US forces to steer clear of borders

      Russia to move missiles to Baltic

      Perhaps George Bush, as a parting gift to an ungrateful nation, could remind them.

      HT: Dan Friedman

      In the meantime, proof again of the old French maxim: "Never a rose without a thorn."

      Obama Win Causes Obsessive Supporters To Realize How Empty Their Lives Are

      Posted by Vanderleun at Nov 5, 2008 3:25 PM |  Comments (10)  | QuickLink: Permalink
      Number 1 Sunday Pundit Talk Show on Sarah Palin.

      (With a surprise guest, Bullwinkle the Moose)

      Posted by Vanderleun at Aug 31, 2008 10:30 AM |  Comments (2)  | QuickLink: Permalink
      Into the Air Junior Birdmen


      Here's yet one more way airlines are diddling with your comfort and your life in order to pinch the very last farthing from your fare:Pilots Say Airlines Are Cutting Fuel Levels Dangerously Low

      Posted by Vanderleun at Aug 10, 2008 1:33 AM |  Comments (7)  | QuickLink: Permalink
      More Good News: Seattle Times Axes 200

      Forgotten Readers of the Seattle Times

      The "team" responsible for tossing litter onto my lawn every so often grew smaller today. Seattle Times to Cut Approximately 200 Employees via The Stranger "Seattle's Only Newspaper"

      A memo just promulgated onto the web by the odious "Stranger" details the reasons for the mass sackings -- 45 from the newsroom. [Full text after the jump] The money shot is right up on top with

      Posted by Vanderleun at Apr 8, 2008 9:41 AM |  Comments (35)  | QuickLink: Permalink

      THE BULLSHIT BEHIND BIOFUEL: Smithsonian Magazine -- Who's Fueling Whom? "There are more than 200 million cars and light trucks on American roads, meaning they would require two billion acres' worth of corn a year (if they actually used only 50 gallons a month). The country has only about 800 million acres of potential farmland."

      Posted by Vanderleun at Dec 8, 2007 11:01 PM |  Comments (4)  | QuickLink: Permalink
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