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Sunday, 5 June 2016

WHATEVER

Amazing Naval weaponry: Lasers, Railguns and Hypervelocity Projectiles. If this is unclassified, just think of the stuff that is.

Greek Fire was a weapon used successfully to thwart invasions by muslim pirates in the early 7th century.

The Crusades were fought in response to Islamic aggression in the 11th century.

Who were the Barbary Pirates?

Okay, so the carpet caught fire. Big deal. It was an act of God.

Here are the rules for Kingyo-sukui.

Ruining Rock Paper Scissors. Look. Just throw the same 3 times in a row, then double your bet and throw the one that beats your previous three.  Pocket your winnings and leave the neighborhood asap. Coming up next: How to get dibs on a baseball bat.

Wild Man From Borneo by Kinky Friedman. One of these days he’s going to have a Tribute band.

I’m not a “gamer” so I’m not sure what to make of The Stanley Parable, but it looks pretty cool.

[Top image from The Greatest Rock Video Under Two Minutes Ever.]

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Don’t Sit Under The Argan Tree

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Goats In A Tree

These goats live in a small region in southwestern Morocco where the Argan tree grows. Although the region is semi-arid desert and there’s fodder elsewhere, they love argan berries. They’re goat candy. Since the goats can’t reach them from the ground, they learned to climb Argan trees.

But that’s not the weird part.

When the goats poop, local women pick out the hard undigested nuts, crack them, extract the seeds, mash and grind them up, and produce argan oil – all by hand. It gets stranger: only women are allowed to do it.

Women […] run the entire industry, which is an incredible fact considering that Morocco is a rather patriarchal society. Only women are taught to make argan oil, and they are the sole gatekeepers to the centuries-old method. Much of the country’s oil is made in cooperatives that allow women the opportunity to work and make money independently [via].

Then they rub it on their faces, put it in their hair or eat it. TRUE.

But take this story a step further, and it becomes downright astounding. One sunny day, hundreds of years ago, some Berber women figured it out:

“Hey, Fatima! Bouchra! I found some goat crap under a tree. I bet there’s something in it that we can eat AND wear. Whaddya think? Don’t tell the guys.”

And the rest is history. But wait. There’s more:

The Berbers were the same people that produced Berber carpets, and had a hand in producing purple dye from seashells – the color of Roman Royalty. It’s also interesting to note that a large percentage of Berbers were Jews, Christians and Animists before those sects were marginalized by Islam in the 7th Century. The Barbary pirates were Islamic Berbers, thrived in the world-wide slave trade, and the word “barbarian” has etymological roots to the Berbers as well.

Goats-trees-berries-poop-cosmetics-food-Morocco-Berbers-carpet-purple-Islam-pirates-slavery-barbarians. What a connection, and it all began with Goats In Trees.

Fun Facts To Know And Tell.

[Image found here. Somewhat related post here.]

Arrrgh.

Thursday, 7 July 2011


How can you improve upon improvised pirate swords?

“Bobby! Let’s play pirates!”
“Great idea! I’ll go get the Plastic Guards! I’ll be back in an hour!”

Clever idea, but it won’t fly. Any kid who grew up near fallen branches could tell you that swords of the windfall variety don’t last long, and once your weapon has broken you need to find a replacement fast, otherwise you’re declared dead by default. Stopping to change your guard guarantees it.

Oh, well, it’s the thought that counts, and I wish I’d thought of it first.

[Found here.]

19 Septebember: It be Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Talk Like a Pirate Day_Chet Phillips

“Arrgh, me peep! Talk like a pirate!”

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“Arrgh, me peep, quit yer talkin’ like a pirate.”

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“Arrgh, me peep! Keep talkin’ like a pirate s’mor’. Let’s yar an’ me go b’low an’ yer kin play wit’ me byrd.”

[Images from here, here, and here.  Details here.
Related posts here and here.]


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