Category Archives: Odds and Ends

The not so distant past when lettuce was a painkiller and not a salad ingredient

Resembling a cross between a dandelion and a thistle, wild lettuce has been used as a painkiller and sedative for millennia. In the late 19th century, when “there appeared in the market cultivated varieties devoid of the medicinal elements found

The not so distant past when lettuce was a painkiller and not a salad ingredient

Resembling a cross between a dandelion and a thistle, wild lettuce has been used as a painkiller and sedative for millennia. In the late 19th century, when “there appeared in the market cultivated varieties devoid of the medicinal elements found

Bear – The game about being a bear

I know this game isn’t real, but why isn’t it real?

Bear – The game about being a bear

I know this game isn’t real, but why isn’t it real?

A collection of the first colour photos of Paris, shot with the help of potatoes*

I recently came across a collection of the first colour photographs of Paris (taken from 1907 to 1930). They are well worth a look. Here are the details of how the potato helped take these colour photographs: As surprising as

A collection of the first colour photos of Paris, shot with the help of potatoes*

I recently came across a collection of the first colour photographs of Paris (taken from 1907 to 1930). They are well worth a look. Here are the details of how the potato helped take these colour photographs: As surprising as

videos from the Dada Dekade parade

I have finally uploaded the videos from the Dada Dekade parade that took place earlier this year. You can view them here (go to the end of the set). B

videos from the Dada Dekade parade

I have finally uploaded the videos from the Dada Dekade parade that took place earlier this year. You can view them here (go to the end of the set). B

“wonderful” would be “two-derful” – Victor Borge’s Inflationary Language

Victor Borge was a Danish and American comedian (and also, interestingly, a conductor and pianist) who was known as the Clown Prince of Denmark. He has a wonderful sketch in which he “inflates” the hidden numbers that exist in words

“wonderful” would be “two-derful” – Victor Borge’s Inflationary Language

Victor Borge was a Danish and American comedian (and also, interestingly, a conductor and pianist) who was known as the Clown Prince of Denmark. He has a wonderful sketch in which he “inflates” the hidden numbers that exist in words

The Yiddish Curse Generator

In the tradition of the Surrealist Compliment Generator, now comes the Yiddish Curse Generator (actually called, for some reason, Yiddish Curses for Republican Jews), with instant classics like the following: May you grow like an onion with your head in

The Yiddish Curse Generator

In the tradition of the Surrealist Compliment Generator, now comes the Yiddish Curse Generator (actually called, for some reason, Yiddish Curses for Republican Jews), with instant classics like the following: May you grow like an onion with your head in