Category Archives: freakishness

Geeky Grossness Gauntlet

Long-time readers may remember my friend Kyrsten’s famous guest post about Bob the bot fly. Commenters’ reactions on the original post ranged from mild (“kinda icky”) to ambivalent (“horrible. but very cool” / “utterly revolting, but sort of fascinating” / … Continue reading

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How the scientists stole Hallowe’en

Here’s some classic X-Files dialogue from an episode called “How the ghosts stole Christmas“: Mulder: [alarmed at a noise] Shhh! What was that? Scully: [irritably rational] These are tricks that the mind plays. They are ingrained clichés from a thousand … Continue reading

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“What’s wrong with your whiteboard?”, asked a colleague this morning. I didn’t know anything was wrong with my whiteboard, which I use to keep track of grant deadlines, grants and manuscripts currently under review, and PI travel dates. But sure … Continue reading

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Cath has misheard that the bird is the word

A wonderful bird is the pelican,His mouth can hold more than his belly can,He can hold in his beak,Enough food for a week.I’m damned if I know how the hell he can! (by Dixon Lanier Merritt, apparently. Not Ogden Nash. … Continue reading

Posted in English language, freakishness, furry friends, limericks, nature, silliness, television | 12 Comments

Catho the Sane visits Canadian Tire

In So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish, the fourth of five books in the Hitchhiker trilogy by Douglas Adams, our hero Arthur Dent travels to California to meet a man called Wonko the Sane. Wonko’s house is inside-out, … Continue reading

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Little things that make me happy

The sun is finally shining in Vancouver! I’m not a sun worshipper by any stretch of the imagination; I burn really quickly, and find temperatures over 30C quite unpleasant (in the city, at least). But June-uary was too much even … Continue reading

Posted in family, food glorious food, freakishness, furry friends, monkeys, personal, sport, technology, the 2009 baby boom, Vancouver | 16 Comments

Dream trippin’

When we bought our house (four years ago today!), one of the best things that Mr E Man and I did was to invest in a really good bed. We’d been sleeping on a queen-size futon, and although it was … Continue reading

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2012 LOLympics

I have had an incredibly hard time not laughing out loud at my desk today. If you thought the London 2010 Olympic logo was bad (and it really, really is), you should see the mascots! ROFLMFAO!!!!!!! What the fuck were … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 Olympics, freakishness, photos, silliness, sport, UK | 22 Comments

"Is this normal?"

Have you ever had a conversation that began with the above words, progressed to a friend bending their elbow the wrong way or turning their nostril inside out, and ended with everyone else saying “NO! That’s not normal, you freak!”? … Continue reading

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Memes as mental fibre

Right after EcoGeoFemme pointed out that there haven’t been many memes circulating recently, Amanda went and tagged me for one! The assignment is to write about seven things that I’ve never talked about in my blog. This is a tricky … Continue reading

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