slyvermont: (oy vey)
#1: There was a magazine published by the Brown student newspaper for Parents Weekend. Inside was a full page ad with a picture of a lovely  mom and daughter, smiling into the camera, with this copy:

"Mother-daughter SALE. 20% OFF when you buy 2 of the same item!"

Sounds interesting. I love a good sale. Then I look at the fine print.

The store is called Miko. "Your friendly neighborhood adult shop." The website is mikoexoticwear.com.

Just how many mothers and daughters go shopping in sex shops together? And then buy the same item? Ewww.

I did go to the website, It directs you either to "Below 18" or "Above 18." If you click the "below 18" button, you're sent to disney online. The above 18 stuff is just what you'd expect from a sex shop, vulva puppets and all.

#2. I'm browsing through the Brookstone catalog when I see this item. It's called iGallop. Now, I have seen many exercise machines on late night/early morning TV that promise to reduce your thighs and give you 6-pack abs, but this one is just too funny. OK, it's half off, it makes sense, but still ... bucking broncos turned into exercise machine?

News update

Aug. 4th, 2006 01:42 pm
slyvermont: (Tonks)
Trolling the wires at work, I just saw a story that England's Domesday Book is now on the Internet -- pretty cool.

The article ends with this:

"The book is one of Britain’s best-known documents, but a poll commissioned by the National Archives suggests not everyone is sure what it is. While 80 percent of respondents had heard of the Domesday Book, 13 percent thought it was a chapter in the Bible — and 2 percent thought it was a book by Dan Brown, author of the hugely popular 'The Da Vinci Code.'"

That made me smile. At least it was only 2 percent.
slyvermont: (nerd alert)
In looking up the meaning of absquatulate (which means to leave, or desert, or vamoose!), I stumbled across the Weird Words Web site (www.worldwidewords.org/weirdwords/index.htm). And yes, there are some strange ones here.

And some familiar ones. Like bezoar. Cyborg. Dumbledore. Lycanthropy. Mundungus.

Here are some of my favorites:

OBNUBILATE
To darken, dim, cloud over, or obscure.

MULLIGRUBS
A state of depression or low spirits.

PECKSNIFFIAN
Unctuously hypocritical.

SOCKDOLAGER
A heavy or knock-down blow.
(The particular claim to fame of sockdolager is that it was virtually the last word President Lincoln ever heard. In Tom Taylor's play Our American Cousin, there occurs the line "Well, I guess I know enough to turn you inside out, you sockdologising old man-trap", and as the audience laughed, John Wilkes Booth fired the fatal shot.)

SPIFFLICATE
To treat roughly or severely; destroy.

ANFRACTUOSITY
A channel, crevice or passage full of windings and turnings.

ANTIMACASSAR
A protective or decorative cloth over the back of a chair. (I've heard of this. It comes from Macassar oil, which was sold in the early 1800s as an oil that thickened and improved one's hair. The fashion for oiled hair became so widespread that in desperation housewives began to cover the backs of their chairs and sofas with washable cloths to preserve the fabric coverings from being spoilt. Around 1850, these started to be known as antimacassars.)

BAFFLEGAB
Incomprehensible or pretentious language, especially bureaucratic jargon.

CIRCUMBENDIBUS
A roundabout process or method; a twist, turn; circumlocution.

FUSTILUGS
A grossly fat or slovenly woman.

FUNAMBULIST
A tight-rope walker or rope dancer.

ZENZIZENZIZENZIC
The eighth power of a number.

SKIMMINGTON
A noisy procession intended to bring ridicule on an erring husband or wife.

POPPYSMIC
Produced with smacking of the lips. (a kind of lip-smacking, clucking noise that signified satisfaction and approval, especially during lovemaking. The only writer in English known to have used our word was James Joyce, in a stage direction in Ulysses: "FLORRY WHISPERS TO HER. WHISPERING LOVEWORDS MURMUR, LIPLAPPING LOUDLY, POPPYSMIC PLOPSLOP.")

And it has one of my all time favorites, discombobulate, which means to confuse, upset or disconcert.

And your favorite is??
slyvermont: (ritaskeeter)
This brief is appearing in tomorrow's paper.

"An Eden man who walked into a Dunkin Donuts wearing nothing but a long black T-shirt and high heels was jailed on $2,500 bail at his arraignment Wednesday.

Police say Bruce Podbielski, 49, walked into the Route 15 establishment in Morrisville shortly after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and ordered donut holes. Asked where his undergarments were, police say, Podbielski advised they were in his RV parked in the Dunkin Donuts parking lot."

I'm sure some papers would have a blast writing headlines for that.

At least he was fashionably dressed in black.
slyvermont: (Default)
W.I.C.O.E.
(Women In Charge Of Everything)

Is proud to announce the opening of its

EVENING CLASSES FOR MEN! OPEN TO MEN ONLY
The course covers two days, and topics covered in this course include:

DAY ONE

HOW TO FILL ICE CUBE TRAYS
Step by step guide with slide presentation

TOILET ROLLS -- DO THEY GROW ON THE HOLDERS?
Roundtable discussion

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN LAUNDRY BASKET & FLOOR
Practicing with hamper (Pictures and graphics)

DISHES & SILVERWARE: DO THEY LEVITATE/FLY TO KITCHEN SINK OR DISHWASHER BY THEMSELVES?
Debate among a panel of experts.

REMOTE CONTROL
Losing the remote control: Help line and support groups

LEARNING HOW TO FIND THINGS
Starting with looking in the right place instead of turning the house upside down while screaming:  Open forum

DAY TWO

EMPTY MILK CARTONS: DO THEY BELONG IN THE FRIDGE OR IN THE BIN?
Group discussion and role play

HEALTH WATCH: BRINGING HER FLOWERS IS NOT HARMFUL TO YOUR HEALTH
PowerPoint presentation

REAL MEN ASK FOR DIRECTIONS WHEN LOST
Real-life testimonial from the one man who did

IS IT GENETICALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO SIT QUIETLY AS SHE PARALLEL PARKS?
Driving simulation

LIVING WITH ADULTS: BASIC DIFFERENCES BETWEEN YOUR MOTHER AND YOUR PARTNER
Online class and role playing

HOW TO BE THE IDEAL SHOPPING COMPANION
Relaxation exercises, meditation and breathing techniques

REMEMBERING IMPORTANT DATES & CALLING WHEN YOU'RE GOING TO BE LATE
Bring your calendar or PDA to class

GETTING OVER IT: LEARNING HOW TO LIVE WITH BEING WRONG ALL THE TIME
Individual counselors available
slyvermont: (typewriter girl)
Remarkably, I am still getting mail for Vermont Parent & Child (I was the editor; it ceased to exist 8 years ago). I get a book package probably once a month from a publisher hoping for a review. I donate all the books to the library.

This one I might keep just because it is so – unusual.

I know some people believe in this. But this seems just a bit extreme.

“Spirit Babies: How to communicate with the child you’re meant to have. A renowned clairvoyant medium tells you how to connect with your child – before and after conception.”

It’s the “before conception” concept that I find hard to grasp.

Would it have made a good shower gift for Anakin and Padme? Definitely for Shmi.

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