I've been having fun with a link that I found: "15 Long-Lost Words to Revive This Christmas." What kind of fun? Well... using them in conversation or incorporating several into sentences and then posting them on Facebook... and elsewhere. I think I'm trying to see how many people I can confuse, but I also know that the more I use them, the more likely it is that I'll actually remember to use them next year. (See? As Denis has learned over the years, there's usually a method to my madness.)
Due to the hard work and talents of my mother and grandmother, I learned to look forward to the belly-cheer of the holiday season, although avoiding the yule-hole is a must!
Now that I've got you all in a dither with these strange words, there's nothing left to do but wish that none of you have toe-covers beneath your tree nor any suffering from crapulence after!
It's out to the corral for me. Head 'em up! Mooooove 'em out!
►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- How to keep people coming back to your Little Free Library.
- Why walking on Legos hurts more than walking on fire or ice.
- Molly Tanzer and Amy Stewart on history, crime, and politics.
- Why a new Robin Hood arises every generation.
- My kind of drunk: An intoxicated Fairbanks man broke into a library to read.
- How to set a medieval crime in a modern city.
- 150 years after, making sense of a family crime.
- The world of competitive gingerbread architecture.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- A mini Terracotta Army has been unearthed in China.
- Authorities have recovered three Moundville artifacts that had been stolen in a devastating 1980 heist.
- A shipwrecked bottle of stout has returned to Glasgow after 150 years.
- Washboard abs and unusual toes convince experts these sculptures were crafted by Michelangelo.
- John Ringling's mobile mansion is now open for digital visitors.
- Facial recognition software is helping identify unknown figures in Civil War photographs.
- Vanilla's first-known use came 2,500 years earlier and half a world from where we thought.
- This homeless man sold a Bambi drawing for $20. When the antique shop owner discovered it was worth thousands, he paid it forward.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- Deaf moths may use their "fur" to avoid hungry bats.
- Orangutans are the only non-human primates capable of "talking" about the past.
- Greyfriars Bobby fear leads a nosey vigilante to try to safeguard the statue.
- We know how stressed whales are because scientists looked at their earwax.
- These are the finalists of the 2018 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, and they're hilarious.
- The Senkwekwe Mountain Gorilla Center, the world's only facility where orphaned mountain gorillas are cared for.
- Why wombats make cube-shaped poos.
- Your cat's tongue is a rough, pink engineering marvel.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- The Ignite Sign Art Museum, preserving Arizona's history, one sign at a time.
- Diving into the life and work of New Zealand's Queen of Crime, Ngaio Marsh.
- Mary Katharine Goddard, the woman who signed the Declaration of Independence.
►I ♥ Lists & Quizzes◄
- Seven mystery novels featuring myths and fairy tales.
- Nine ways of looking at Sherlock.
- Cozy up with these boozy mysteries.
- The Good, the Bad, and the Delicious: 20 Unexpected Literary Cookbooks.
- Eleven must-read mysteries set in Los Angeles.
- Do you know these famous poems by their first lines? (10/10 for me)
- Eight mysteries featuring independent bookstores.
- The best heist movies since Heat.
That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.
Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!