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Randomness for 6/21

1) An end to showering Apparently, the problem with smelly guys at cons is not that they don’t shower enough. It’s that they shower at all.

2) Drug or Tolkien elf? A quiz. I scored 23 out of 30, which is better than I expected.

3) 17 completed webcomics you can read from beginning to end.

4) AMC threatens to sue fansite over posted spoilers.

5) The defeat of the Confederacy should be a national holiday.

6) Funeral business dissolves the dead, pours them into town sewers.

7) The second-most-useful site on the internet.

Mirrored from Harry Connolly. You can comment here but not there.


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Jun. 22nd, 2016 01:11 am (UTC)
Based on that "drug or elf?" quiz, I suspect that a lot of the pharmaceutical company employees assigned to coming up with new names for drugs are big fans of Tolkein--or at least think his typical elf names sound appropriately sonorous or soothing. It's mind-boggling how difficult it is to tell the difference when you don't actually recall the specific character name. Of course, it doesn't help that Tolkein occasionally came up with official elf names that sound more suitable for some sort of LotR *Mad* magazine parody, such as Nerdelian (or something like that). No wonder the character is "very popular with writers of Tolkein fan fiction," according to whoever composed the quiz. Possibly the slang term "nerd" didn't exist yet when Tolkein originally created this stuff, or at least hadn't reached his ears. But even decades before the debut of "Sesame Street," how could Tolkein have thought it made sense to describe one of his aristocratic elves as being descended from the House of Elmo? Elmo seems too clunkily ordinary a name for even an inhabitant of the relatively down to earth Shire.
Jun. 22nd, 2016 02:18 am (UTC)
Elmogorn would have been way better.

More seriously, names is hard. Really hard. Even a genius with language like Prof Tolkien stumble here and there. It can't be avoided.
Jun. 22nd, 2016 04:27 am (UTC)
The one on not showering is disgusting beyond words. The green cremation, on the other hand, looks potentially very useful. Not least in ensuring that there will never be a plague of either vampires or zombies in that town.

I got full marks for the drug/elf quiz. Some of Tolkien's names sound silly simply because of the vast gulf of culture between him and many of his modern readers. It happens. I remember reading an entry in "The Atlas Of Middle-Earth" that baffled me until I found our that the US and the UK define the word "garden" quite differently.

Edited at 2016-06-22 04:51 am (UTC)
Jun. 22nd, 2016 06:12 am (UTC)
Hey, just rinse yourself off and make sure you have the correct skin bacteria. Not that we know what mix of which bacteria will work.

But I expect the funeral home that dissolves bodies has a stronger environmental impact than they let on.
Jun. 22nd, 2016 07:47 am (UTC)
I suspect a lot will depend on the effectiveness of the sewage works too.
Jun. 22nd, 2016 11:19 am (UTC)
I can believe the not-showering works for some people. For me, it's part of what makes me wake up and feel halfway human.
Jun. 22nd, 2016 01:58 pm (UTC)
I suspect he won't stick with it. Someone has got to be willing to tell him he's being gross.
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