“I cordially dislike allegory in all its
manifestations, and always have
done since I grew old and wary
enough to detect its presence.” - J.R.R. Tolkien
Word of the Week
liquor n. — A liquid or fluid substance. Liquor is a
word of general signification, extending to water,
milk, blood, say, juice, etc.; but its most common
application is to spirituous fluids, whether distilled
or fermented, to decoctions, solutions, tinctures.
“By his 21st birthday, the young man had developed
a taste for fine liquor”
Definition taken from the 1828 version of Webster’s American Dictionary.
Overseen and Overheard
“I’d rather have dick in my mouth than soap.”
- Male student in Perkins apartment.
“Turns out she had a penis the entire time.”
-Male student in the residence hall tunnels.
“Epic Meal Time”
Are you looking to expand your culinary horizons
beyond the frozen mac and cheese from the Corner
Store? You could always start by watching the Food
Network or looking up a few recipes on the interwebs.
But there is a much more interesting and horrifying
alternative. It goes by the name of “Epic Meal Time.”
The creation of a few meat-loving Canadians,
“Epic Meal Time” is a series of YouTube videos
whose goal is to make the most fantastic — and
often disgusting — food creations possible. In each
episode, the show’s hosts prepare gallons of meat in
the most preposterous ways possible, and then eat
it. Recent highlights include a nearly 10-pound egg
roll and the TurBaconEpic — a bird in a bird in a
bird in a bird in a bird in a pig.
The person who buys it doesn’t need it.
The person who makes it doesn’t want it.
The person who uses it doesn’t know it.
What is it?
Stream of Facts
Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of getting PEANUT
butter stuck to the top of your mouth.
A PEANUT is not in fact a nut. It is a member of
the legume family, making it more closely related
to a LENTIL or a bean than to a tree nut.
In Ancient Egypt, the LENTIL was used as an
aphrodisiac. It was also believed to bring ENLIGHTENMENT
to children, making them better students.
The idea of ENLIGHTENMENT exists both in
Western science and math, and in Eastern
religions such as BUDDHISM.
Different sects of BUDDHISM have fundamentally
different views. Some groups are ultimately
atheistic while others are POLYTHEISTIC.
Until a few hundred years ago, Europeans
classified any and all POLYTHEISTIC religions as PAGAN,
including Hinduism, Buddhism and the religions
of the Native Americans that they conquered.
The earliest definitions of the word PAGAN
meant “country dweller.” The word gradually
took on its religious meaning as the main
practitioners — country-dwellers and farmers —
depended on the seasons to survive.