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17 Euphemisms for Sex From the 1800s

While shoe-horning these into conversation today might prove difficult, these 17 synonyms for sex were used often enough in 19th-century England to earn a place in the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, a book for upper-crust Britons who had no idea what the proles were talking about. 1. Amorous congress To say two people were engaged in [...]

St. George and the Dragonet

(Video Link) In 1953, satirist Stan Freberg released an audio spoof of the radio show Dragnet which imagined the legend of St. George and the Dragon as a hard-boiled cop show. Here’s a stop-motion animated version of it. It’s a pity that it doesn’t feature Jack Webb with bunny ears. -via Nag on the Lake

The Late Movies: the Many Obsessions of Foodies

I know people who describe themselves as “bread obsessives” or “pizza fanatics” — often they’re talented in the kitchen and have latched onto one aspect of food or food culture and learned everything they can about it. There’s something really satisfying about hearing these self-styled experts hold forth on the subjects they love, which is [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Real-Life Castaways

I know we have some Lost fans out there – what did you think of the season premiere? It so happens that yesterday was also the day Alexander Selkirk was rescued in 1709 – if you’re not familiar, Selkirk is the man thought to have inspired Robinson Crusoe. Who knew Groundhog Day was such a [...]

Plans for the World’s Tallest Wooden Building

Illustration: Reilulf Ramstad Architects Norway plans to construct a wooden building 16-17 stories tall with carbon neutral construction techniques. The Norwegian Barents Secretariat will use it for a cultural center for the nation’s northern coast. It will house a library, a theatre, and art studios in its approximately 10,000 square meter interior space and will highlight [...]