Zydeco

July 26, 2007 at 3:32 pm (trivia)

I got this word in my word-of-the-day emails that I get from Merriam Webster.com.

zydeco \ZYE-duh-koh\ noun

: popular music of southern Louisiana that combines tunes of French origin with elements of Caribbean music and the blues and that features guitar, washboard, and accordion

The part that I found so amusing was the word’s origin:

“You might say that the lively form of music known as zydeco is full of beans, etymologically speaking. Legend has it that the word “zydeco” originated in the lyrics of Les Haricots Sont Pas Salés, a popular Cajun dance tune. Loosely translated, the song’s title means “the beans are not salty,” and when spoken in French Creole, “les haricots” (French for “beans”) sounds something like “zydeco.” “Zydeco” first appeared in print in 1960 and has been used to describe this kind of music ever since.”

The French Creole accent must be a little different than the French accents that I’m used to hearing, because I had to say that one out loud several times before I could believe it. But I think the word is cool… who knows, maybe I’ll use it on a lively horse someday. (I used to ride a horse called “Spill the Beans” who was nicknamed “Full of Beans”… wouldn’t “Zydeco” have been a much more interesting name?)

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Real Story or Scooby Doo Plot?

July 23, 2007 at 7:38 pm (quizzes, trivia, tv)

Mental Floss has a Scooby Doo quiz with 10 stories, some of which are true, some of which are taken from episodes of Scooby Doo. Can you tell fact from fiction? I got 7 out of 10 right; how did you do?

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Brain Itch?

June 25, 2007 at 1:11 pm (random, trivia, weird)

Do you ever get a song stuck in your head that just keeps repeating itself over and over again? Well, scientists are suggesting that certain songs create a “cognitive itch” and the only way to scratch that cognitive itch is to repeat the offending melody in our minds: ‘Brain itch’ keeps songs in the head. (Or, if you don’t like “brain itch” you could always use the German term that translates to “earworm”… *shudder*.)

The article goes on to say that there’s no easy way to get rid of an “earworm.” Some people claim that listening to the whole song will get rid of it. For me, it’s just a more satisfying scratch but the itch is still there. I opt for the replacement technique and the song I use in my replacement? “Help!” by The Beatles. Works every time.

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A Zorse, a Zorse, My Queendom for a Zorse!

June 15, 2007 at 7:13 pm (trivia, weird)

I was watching one of those late night talk shows (don’t ask me which one… aside from Jon Stewart, they all sort of blend together for me) and I saw Alexis Bledel talking about “I’m Reed Fish” and the Zorse used in the film. Yep… that’s not a typo, I wrote “Zorse.” That would be a cross between a horse and a zebra. Very cool for a hippophile like myself (I really wish the proper word was equinophile or something like that… hippophile makes me sound like a lover of hippos!)

Anyway, a little internet research led me to a site with the Top 10 Hybrid Animals. My Liger is there, too! Well, not my specific Liger but a Liger nonetheless. If this stuff interests you, I definitely recommend checking out this article because there are some other very cool hybrids worth discovering.

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Did You Know… episode 2

May 3, 2007 at 3:25 pm (trivia)

The bestselling books of all time are The Bible (6billion+), Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung (900million+), and The Lord of the Rings (100million+).

Source: Jive Weekly

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What I learned on CSI

April 13, 2007 at 1:53 pm (trivia)

That rats have diarthroidal joints that allow their skeletons to almost “collapse” letting them to fit through holes as small as a quarter (or however big their head is). Okay, on CSI they just said “flexible joints,” but I opted for the scientific term, thank you very much.

You’d think I might have known that already, having been to vet school and all, but we didn’t spend a heck of a lot of time on “pocket pets”… that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

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Here Kitty, Kitty

April 4, 2007 at 7:06 pm (trivia, weird)

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Meet Hercules. He’s a Liger (lion-tiger hybrid), the unintentional result of two enormous big cats living close together at the Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species, in Miami, Florida. Check out those fangs… like something out of the Flintstones, dontcha think? I wonder if that’s Pebbles all grown up in the pic with him.

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According to Snopes, this one’s for real.

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Happy Birthday Joseph Campbell

March 26, 2007 at 9:28 pm (trivia)

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Joseph Campbell, author and professor of mythology, was born on this day in 1910. If you haven’t read “The Hero with a Thousand Faces” yet, I highly recommend it.

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