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The screaming abdabs: Anthony Burgess’s Dictionary of Slang

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Manchester-born writer and academic Anthony Burgess began work on a dictionary of slang –  “the home-made language of the ruled, not the rulers, the acted upon, the used, the used up. It is demotic poetry emerging in flashes of ironic insight.”

Entries in A from Anthony Burgess’s lost dictionary of slang

Abdabs (the screaming) – Fit of nerves, attack of delirium tremens, or other uncontrollable emotional crisis. Perhaps imitative of spasm of the jaw, with short, sharp screams.

Abdicate – In poker, to withdraw from the game, forfeiting all money or chips put in the pot.

Abfab – Obsolescent abbreviation of absolutely fabulous, used by Australian teenagers or ‘bodgies’.

Abortion – Anything ugly, ill-shapen, or generally detestable: ‘You look a right bloody abortion, dressed like that’; ‘a nasty little abortion of a film’ (Australian in origin).

Abyssinia – I’ll be seeing you. A valediction that started during the Italo-Abyssinian war. Obsolete, but so Joyceanly satisfying that it is sometimes hard to resist.

Accidental(ly) on purpose – Deliberately, but with the appearance of accident: ‘So I put me hand on her knee, see, sort of accidental on purpose.’ (Literary locus classicus: Elmer Rice’s The Adding Machine, 1923.)

Arse – I need not define. The taboo is gradually being broken so that plays on the stage and on radio and television introduce the term with no protest. The American Random House Dictionary … is still shy of it, however, though not of the American colloquialism ass. Arse is a noble word; ass is a vulgarism.

NOTE: Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange is cited three times in the historical Oxford English Dictionary: ‘thou’, ‘your’ and ‘droog’ which was invented by Burgess in the novel and appears on the first page: “There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie, and Dim.”

Via: The Anthony Burgess Foundation and Flashbak, which has more.

Posted: 3rd, June 2017 | In: Books, Celebrities | Comment


Parent’s Kiss: How to retrieve small things stuck up a child’s nose

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How do you get small items from inside a child’s nose, where they’ve become stuck? Beth Skwarecki,  You perfore the Parent’s Kiss:

Step 1: Use your finger to close the nostril that doesn’t have the object stuck in it.

Step 2: Press your lips over your child’s mouth.

Step 3: Blow a quick blast of air into their mouth (think back to the last time you tried to shoot a spitball through a straw).

Step 4: get a snake:

 

Parent Kiss

Posted: 3rd, June 2017 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment


How to Draw Facial Expressions: 6 Different Ways

Michigan-based author and illustrator Mark Crilley has a great YouTube channel for anyone who wants to draw better.

 

Posted: 1st, June 2017 | In: The Consumer | Comment


A red ejector button for your car’s lighter

Be like Bond with this red eject button to excite your car’s bland and pretty useless cigarette lighter.

 

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Spotter: Pee-wee Herman

Posted: 1st, June 2017 | In: Technology, The Consumer | Comment


Liverpool has the friendliest hackers in the world

To the Liverpool One Shopping Centre, England, where hackers have issued a directive: ‘we suggest you improve your security – sincerely –  your friendly neighbourhood hackers – #JFt96’.

 

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Spotter: Reddit

Posted: 30th, May 2017 | In: Strange But True, Technology, The Consumer | Comment


Mic Drop: winner declared in New York City’s Post It Wars

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When someone wrote the word “Hi” on a New York window using Post-its, two office blocks engaged in a contest. The @Postit war between @havasnyc and @harrisonandstar was on.

And the winner was clear:

 

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Here’s the mic drop:

 

Posted: 30th, May 2017 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment


Epic moments in daytime telly: the Rip Off Britain orange juice ‘crime’ reconstruction

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Christina Martin‏ – sometime of this parish – spots this man on TV’s Rip Off Britain doing a dramatic reconstruction of the moment he realised his orange juice packaging was smaller. It’s the kid of look we used to see in Stephen Spielberg movies, where the hero spots something no-one else has.

Spotter: @christinamartin

Posted: 29th, May 2017 | In: The Consumer, TV & Radio | Comment


Thanks to Bic even women can light a candle

 quips about this Bic fire lighter for women: “Finally my fragile female hand will be able to light a candle too!”

 

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Things to note about the pink one:

1. Miss Bic – but neither Mr Bic nor Master Bic. Sexism?

2. Is the Miss Bic fire lighter meant as a present, perhaps to go with the hoover or small gift you bought her indoors at Christmas?

Posted: 29th, May 2017 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment


Travelers: figures trapped in eerie snow globes

Travelers is a series of snow globes by Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz. Their snow globes features figures trapped in eerie scenes. Martin and Muñoz’s snow globes are yours for a mere $750 each.

 

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Note: It´s in Spain

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Posted: 28th, May 2017 | In: The Consumer | Comment


Twin Peaks: the recipe for cherry pie

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The Recipe

8 inch Crust: 1-1/2 c. flour, 1/2 c. Crisco, 1/4 c. ice water

Mix flour and Crisco with fork. Add ice water. Mix with your hands. When blended, roll into ball and refrigerate overnight. To roll out: flour both rolling pin and flat surface, split ball in two, roll out 1/2 to fit pan and 1/2 for lattice.

Filling: 3 c. cherries (pitted, sour frozen); 1 c. water; 1c. Baker’s sugar; 4 T. cornstarch; 1/8 t. salt

Thaw cherries at room temp and strain (yields 2 c. juice). Taste for sweetness, more/less sugar may be needed. Add 1 c. water to make 3 c. juice (reserve 1 c. juice for cornstarch mix). Dissolve cornstarch in 1 c. juice, stir with whip. Combine 2 c. juice, 2/3 c. sugar, salt, and bring to a boil. Add cornstarch mix, cook until clear, about 5 min. (if cooked to long, syrup gets gummy). Remove from heat, stir in 1/3 c. sugar (blend thoroughly). Pour mixture over cherries, fold with wooden spoon, cool (stir mix while cooling to prevent scum from forming on top). Pour mix in pie shell. Top completed pie with lattice crust.

Bake @ 425 degrees for 35-40 min.

Spotter: Lynch Net:

Posted: 27th, May 2017 | In: The Consumer, TV & Radio | Comment


Walkers crisps endorses Jimmy Savile and Rolf Harris in epic markting fail

Being the social media manager for Walker’s crisps is a doddle. Just get Gary Lineker to hold up a card and invite crisp enthusiasts to tweet a photo of their head which can be added to the former England footballer’s message. It would form a big Mexican Wave of crisp lovers. What could go wrong? Well, Walkers became endorsed by such lovelies as Osama bin Laden, Josef Fritzl and a bloke with a huge penis. And Jimmy Savile, Rolf Harris, Fred West and more.

 


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walkers wave fail lineker

walkers wave fail lineker

walkers wave fail lineker

Posted: 26th, May 2017 | In: Celebrities, The Consumer | Comment


Man takes exquisite revenge on VERY LOUD business meeting in a coffee shop

When people use the coffee shop for business meeting that can be loud.  VERY LOUD. One man has exacted revenge:

 

Guy has perfect revenge on people having VERY LOUD business meeting in coffee shop

 

Spotter: @sehnaoiu, The Poke

Posted: 20th, May 2017 | In: Money, The Consumer | Comment


The Pool Floatie jacket – for people who worry when it rains

 

The Pool Floatie is a men’s jacket, by Christopher Raeburn. If it rains – and I mean really rains – you’ll be ok.

 

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Spotter: Hint, And

Posted: 18th, May 2017 | In: Fashion, The Consumer | Comment


This Is How We Dot It: the daily lives of seven kids in seven countries

 

This Is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe features the daily routines of seven children from different countries around the world (Japan, Peru, Iran, Russia, India, Italy, and Uganda).

In Japan Kei plays Freeze Tag, while in Uganda Daphine likes to jump rope. But while the way they play may differ, the shared rhythm of their days — and this one world we all share — unites them. This genuine exchange provides a window into traditions that may be different from our own as well as a mirror reflecting our common experiences.

 

Spotter: Kottke

Posted: 17th, May 2017 | In: Books | Comment


The RompHim male romper suit is the stuff of nightmares

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Men are in crisis. Following the man bun and undersized jackets that turns young men into Norman Wisdom tribute acts, the latest douchebag style is the male romper suit. Called the RompHim (gerrit?!), this cross between Doris Day’s pastel pyjamas and a baby-gro vomit will turn any man into one of the guys at the frat house.

On Kickstarter, it’s positioned to be the next big thing in frat and post-frat culture. The bros are shot in their natural habitats—drinking beers, going to Coachella, etc.—and in colors close to their hearts. Think pastels, youthful prints, and at least one “America!” riff on the style.

It is, say the creators of this chambray and cotton cry for help , a “revolution” in men’s styling – thus proving that not all revolutions are desirable.

 

 

RompHim

Spotter: Esquire, Flashbak

Posted: 17th, May 2017 | In: Fashion, The Consumer | Comment


The Starbucks mermaid reimagined by South Korean artist Soo Min Kim

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Via Soo Min Kim, Hint

Posted: 15th, May 2017 | In: The Consumer | Comment


Evolution of Douchebag Style – the man bun vaper and beyond

Inspired by 100 Year of Beauty, some bright sparks have nailed the running joke of men’s fashion with the “Evolution of Douchebag Style”.

 


Spotter: BlameItOnTheVoices

Posted: 14th, May 2017 | In: Fashion | Comment


The Frida Khalo action figure is coming to a store near you

 

Today Is Art Day’s Kickstarter is raising money to make a Frida Kahlo figure. At 5 inches tall, fashioned from quality plastic, Frida Kahlo action doll features a monkey on her back and a detachable surrealist heart. 

It is, of course, what she would have wanted.

 

Posted: 12th, May 2017 | In: Celebrities, The Consumer | Comment


Drug Dealer Magnet Set

The “DRUG DEALER MAGNET SET – Another Quality Education Tool for Junior Entrepreneurs”.

 

Drug Dealer MAgnet Set

 

Buy it here.

Posted: 12th, May 2017 | In: The Consumer | Comment


Russian aerobics to electronic music (1985) is brilliant

The backing tracks to this slice of Russian 1980s culture was published by Melodiya. It’s brilliant and as horribly catchy as the man-made fibres on those leotards:

 

 

Spoter: @flashbak

Posted: 11th, May 2017 | In: Fashion, Music, The Consumer | Comment


Computers fines drivers for ‘parking’ in a traffic jam

Computers can be wrong. Yes, we know what the system says but it is wrong. This bit of computer knowing resulted in human beings fined £100 per carload:

Parking cameras went live at the Ashford Retail Park in Kent in April, with signs telling drivers the new maximum stay is three hours.

But motorists got caught in gridlock on Easter Monday, and were trapped in the car park for hours when they struggled to join traffic on adjoining roads.

Says one customer parked in neutral:

Mr Donald continued: “On Monday we received a penalty charge notice from Highview Parking who enforce the three hour time limit on parking at this site.

“They must have had a flood of Penalty Charge Notices from this day.

“What troubles me is that there’s no quality control. It was utter madness. It’s just a money making exercise.

“I find it rather disappointing that these companies apply no common sense or quality control to their issuing of parking fines to innocent motorists who have over stayed due to no fault of their own.”

They apply computer sense.

Spotter: Daily Mail

Posted: 10th, May 2017 | In: Strange But True, Technology, The Consumer | Comment