A dictionary/glossary/lexicon as sort of a cosmic, meeting of the minds, collaboration of the likes of Dan Webster, Sam Johnson, Ambrose Bierce, Hunter S. Thompson, Wm. F. Buckley, Grouch Marx, W. C. Fields and many more... even though its editors are obscure unknowns with dreadfully dangerous senses of humor. WARNING: This website may contain some slightly adult content - get parental viewing approval if you are 18 or under!
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
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Bloxers: The unfortunate conceptual collision of explosion &/or blow-up and boxer briefs. Exploding undergarments for failed terrorists. Also, gives new meaning to the phrase "fire-in-the-hole"...
FOM: EXCLUSIVE: Photos of the Underwear Bomb and Northwest Airlines Flight 253.
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Acipenser transmontanus: Biggest fish (the white sturgeon) in North America - soon to be extinct?
FOM: N. America's biggest fish slips toward extinction
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Bobbycam: The portmanteau of Bobby and camera. Suggested nickname for the new cameras mounted on police helmets &/or heads.
FOM: Police mount cameras on officers' heads and Taser AXON Head Camera
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Xylomannan: A new kind of antifreeze molecule so far found only in the Upis ceramboides - which can survive temperatures < - 100° F.
FOM: Antifreeze Molecule in Alaska Beetle
University of Alaska Fairbanks (2009, December 29). Scientists isolate new antifreeze molecule in Alaska beetle. ScienceDaily. Retrieved December 30, 2009, from http://www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2009/12/091214131134.htm
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Irukandji: Deadly poisonous jellyfish from Downunder. That chap with 'best job in the world' managed to get stung by one on his last week on the job. Ouch! Not the best way to close that job... You still with us, Ben???
FOM: 'World's best job' man is stung
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Nonanal: Your body naturally emits this chemical - which keeps the mosquitoes coming after you.
FOM: Dominant Chemical That Attracts Mosquitoes To Humans Identified
University of California - Davis (2009, December 30). Dominant Chemical That Attracts Mosquitoes To Humans Identified. ScienceDaily. Retrieved December 30, 2009, from http://www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2009/10/091026172056.htm
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
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Superatom: A cluster of atoms that can "mimic" the chemical behavior of a rarer (translation: expensive) atom or element.
FOM: Superatoms Mimic Elements: New Materials?
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Cordycepin: Anti-cancer drug originally derived from wild mushrooms. Inhibits protein production.
FOM: Scientists discover how wild mushroom cancer drug works
Sunday, December 27, 2009
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Hijra: In South Asia (Pakistan), now (legally) known as the third gender. Spotted one of these on a train with Anthony Bourdain on No Reservations (Episode 2-09, 2-10?...). Well, no, they weren't together...sigh, sorry Mr. Bourdain. Is there a 4th gender? Hugo: Yeah, you. AZD: Stop it...
Pakistani eunuchs to have distinct gender
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Sinornithosaurus: Recently hypothesized (as) venomous dinosaur - due to the finding that its teeth/fangs are/were grooved. (Still, impossible to prove...sorry to say...).
FOM: Bird-like dinosaur was 'venomous'
Poisonous Prehistoric 'Raptor' Discovered in China
University of Kansas (2009, December 22). Poisonous prehistoric 'raptor' discovered in China. ScienceDaily. Retrieved December 27, 2009, from http://www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2009/12/091221212630.htm
1. Sinornithosaurus Pictures
Sinornithosaurus - Wikispecies
FOM: Mammalodon colliveri
Mammalodon colliveris (in visWiki)
Ancient whale sucked mud for food
Australian Fossil Unlocks Secrets to the Origin of Whales
Erich M.G. Fitzgerald. The morphology and systematics of Mammalodon colliveri (Cetacea: Mysticeti), a toothed mysticete from the Oligocene of Australia. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2010; DOI: 10.1111/j.1096-3642.2009.00572.x
The morphology and systematics of Mammalodon colliveri (Cetacea: Mysticeti), a toothed mysticete from the Oligocene of Australia
ERICH M. G. FITZGERALD 1,2,3 *
1 School of Geosciences, Monash University, Victoria 3800, Australia 2 Museum Victoria, GPO Box 666, Melbourne, Victoria 3001, Australia 3 Division of Mammals, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, NHB MRC 108, PO Box 37012, Washington, DC 20013-7012, USA
Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society
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Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
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The Dead Girl: Ironic role for the recently-deceased actress Brittany Murphy?
FOM: Brittany Murphy played "The Dead Girl" in 2006 Film "The Dead Girl" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dead_Girl #OMGFacts
Friday, December 18, 2009
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Skygrabber: First learned of this software's name on Rachel Maddow Dec 17 2009. Actually designed to hack satellites, but being used on MQ-1 Predator.
FOM: Iraq rebels 'hack into US drones'
Thursday, December 17, 2009
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Trigona carbonaria: An Australian stingless bee observed to encase its enemy (Aethina tumida) in resin, wax and mud - thus 'mummifying' the invader and killing it.
FOM: How stingless bees 'mummify' their enemies alive
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
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Efimov State: The no longer theoretical state that allows three quanta to be bound together - an impossibility for two. We assume this is a little more sophisticated than the classical 'three body problem'.
FOM: Strange physical theory proved after 40 years, Vitaly Efimov, Efimov State, Energy levels arising from resonant two-body forces in a three-body system and Evidence for Efimov quantum states in an ultracold gas of caesium atoms.
Flickr: Borromean Rings links
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Pstyping: The portmanteau of psionics and typing. Breakthrough technology that allows people to type with thought. A vast improvement, don't you think? OK, forget about the Krell, they were fictional... Yeps, the "p" ips psilent, Psilly.
FOM: Machine allows people to type with their minds and Forbidden Planet
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Morgan Freeman World: It has been ironically pointed out that even in a world inhabited solely by Morgan Freemans, there is still a hierarchy. A concept we found difficult - and strangely frightening - to grasp at first.
FOM: Somebody Just Made a Morgan Freeman Chain of Command, Multiverse and OMG Trend.
* #Strange: We had to hashtag this as Mr. Becker uses the URL http://www.flickr.com/photos/alternatewords/. Strange.
Monday, December 14, 2009
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ECM (Extracellular matrix): If you or any of your loved ones are missing any ears, digits or other body parts, you MUST see the Morley Safer/60 Minutes report on this precious biological material from Sunday, December 13, 2009. We were astounded. And most of it is due to the ECM - a basic material found in almost all living animals/organisms. The source for some of the ECM in this story? Waste pig bladders. (No, not a football...).
FOM: Growing Body Parts (CBS 60 Minutes) and ECM (Extracellular matrix). See also: Tissue differentiation
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Afro-American Heart Monitor: First thing this morning, a little levity (and racism???). NOT A TERM OF OUR MAKING. This outrageous device was a new invention of Peter Griffin and his assumed leadership of Carter Pewterschmidt Industries. Seems the hilariously-out-of-touch-with-common-experience-bordering-on-solipsist-insulated-by-vast-wealth Carter never had a bachelor party (a totally alien concept to him...as well as friends...), so Peter decides to be a pal and throw him one. As a consequence, Carter suffers a heart attack, goes into a coma and Peter and Lois find a loophole in Carter's self-encyclopedic-coverall video-will allowing Peter to take over the company. The Afro-American Heart Monitor (being Peter's first new product) has two settings: Barry White and Bill Cosby. The latter being (naturally) the more hilarious. The device mimics Cosby all-but-perfectly, just falling short of hawking Jello-Pudding-Pops (How did you miss that one, Seth? Too retro?). Outraged upon waking out of his coma with the insanity-inspired thing attached to his arm et. al., Carter sets off the machine (and himself) plunging helplessly into hilarious machination and histrioncs of Cosby-like gurning. In our opinion, they could spinoff an entire series with the love-to-hate(ful) Carter Pewterschmidt, whose first and last name can only suggest the humblest of ironic beginnings. The episode climaxes in an homage-to-Scooby-Doo.
FOM: Family Guy, Episode 9, Season 8, "Business Guy".