Odds and Ends

It's the "get a life" edition, as in no Millers, Hammers, or Bush:

To start us off, we have 'The Meaning of Tingo' by Adam Jacot de Boinod, the book that documents all the wonderful words that have no meaning in the English language: "There is a word for the fold of skin under your chin (alang - it's Nicaraguan). There is a word for the ring you put in the nose of a calf in order to stop it suckling its mother (oorxax, and, as you know, it's from the Khakas region of Siberia). There is, thank God, a word that sums up that annoying thing you do when your taxi is 20 minutes late and you're too restless to wait for the doorbell to ring. It's iktsuarpok - 'to go outside often to see if someone is coming.'" [LINK via Arts & Letters]

The 31 worst songs ever recorded by Van Morrison back in 1967 in order to get out of a contractual obligation to a recording label. Themes range from "ringworm to wanting a danish, to hating his record label and a guy named George." [LINK via Boing Boing]

Jon Stewart was at his skewering best interviewing a panel of editors from Cosmo, Men's Health, Vanity Fair, and Time. But the accidental comedian of the night was Men's Health editor Dave Zinczenko whose quotes for the evening included: "Graydon Carter should have so many orgasms even Stephen Hawking couldn’t count them." [via Gawker]

Tara Reid needs to find a better excuse for behaving like a "total party-girl drug retard": "Listen, if I could get good movies, you would never see me going out. But when there's nothing to do, what am I supposed to do, just sit in my house and go crazy?" [LINK]

Finally, New Yorkers get a parking holiday for a Hindu festival celebrating multi-armed goddess named Lakshmi -- sadly no relation to similarly named author of this blog. [LINK thanks to David Addams]

An overdue clarification: I can see why some lefty Americans would prefer to think that Lakshmi stands for love, compassion etc., but she is worshipped in India as the goddess of wealth. It's why Lakshmi such a popular corporate brand name in India. Yes, I share my lovely name with industrial cement, flour, cosmetics, and -- horrors of horrors -- even an entire line of pickles.

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