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I just wouldn’t be able to make it

No Snickering–That Road Sign Means Something Else

0123-for-webcrapstonemapThis NYT article had me laughing out loud–being a sucker for the unintentional inappropriate joke, I was loving every minute of it.  The best part, though, was this map of the place-names.  Now there’s a map.

“Sniggering at double entendres is a loved and time-honored tradition in this country,” Carol Midgley wrote in The Times of London. Ed Hurst, a co-author, with Rob Bailey, of “Rude Britain” and “Rude UK,” which list arguably offensive place names — some so arguably offensive that, unfortunately, they cannot be printed here — said that many such communities were established hundreds of years ago and that their names were not rude at the time.

“Place names and street names are full of history and culture, and it’s only because language has evolved over the centuries that they’ve wound up sounding rude,” Mr. Hurst said in an interview.



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Psychology Grad Students, Get your Dissertation Notebooks Ready

Micah to Mary yesterday:

“Pretty soon I’m going to be a grownup, and then people will call ME Daddy.”


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If Anyone Wants to Lavish Gifts on an Obscure Scholar

If there are any rich blog-patrons out there, I have good news for you.  The C BD academic calendar showed up in the mail this weekend, and I’m positively salivating over some of the offerings.  If you want to start a career as a wealthy blog patron, you could make my year by sending any or all of these gems to the following address:

Nathan Gilmour
Department of English
254 Park Hall
Athens, GA 30602

Barth’s Church Dogmatics in Paperback

Calvin’s Complete Bible Commentaries and Institutes

Kittel’s Theological Dictionary of the New Testament

The Early Church Fathers

Bibleworks 8.0

The Geneva Bible

Christian Writers’ Market Guide, 2009

Pritchard’s Ancient Near Eastern Texts Relating to the Old Testament

Babylonian Talmud in Translation

N.B. If you are taking this as a serious request, please do not send these books.  This is a bit of a pipe dream, not a serious request.  I have neither the time nor the shelf space for these multi-volume beasts.

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Attack of the Cockroach

Weatherman and Cockroach

This shouldn’t be nearly as funny as it is, but it is.

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Conceding Defeat

I’ve had a good streak of consecutive posting days, but tonight I head into the mountains of West Virginia for six days.  I just don’t think I can get in a post a day there.  So goodbye, streak.

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Things I’ve Done

I don’t know if I’ve ever done a “meme” before, but I saw this one over at i wonder as i wander, and it looked fun for a Christmas Eve post, so here it is!

(I believe the idea is to boldface the ones that one has actually done and comment as one wishes, so if any readers haven’t entirely lost respect for me and wish to take this meme on, go ahead.)
1. Started your own blog –a half dozen, to be truthful
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower –the mountains of East Tennessee are great for this
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo –I can’t think of any that I’ve done well, but I have done some
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm –well, I am from Indiana.
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch –I was doing basic .html pages in the mid-nineties.
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill –I’m not sure if Micah’s being sick counts, but I’m being very literal.
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run –I was one of my Milligan intramural team’s power hitters, which just goes to show how awful we were.
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language – and forgotten it
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied. –I’ve already got that.  Now I just need to pay off student loans.
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke.
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater –twice a year at Milligan!
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class.
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone.
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible  –most but not all
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating.
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life.
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby  –Well, Mary has.
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a mobile phone –Unfortunately.
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day –Several times every year.


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Should I Write a Junk Post Just to Maintain my Streak?


Yes, I should.

I will say that I’ve got a doozy cooking, but I’m not happy with it yet, so rather than post it without another revision, I’ll resort to a gimmick post.

I’m ashamed, but not nearly enough.

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