Archives for April 2008

You Might be Dead But Your Body Can Still

CNN has the full story. I’ll share the list with you. I think that they forgot to include mannequin and hat/coat rack. I have a few quick comments.

1. Get married (Some people equate marriage with death.)
2. Unwind with a few friends (Sure, I always keep a corpse to pal around with. They never interrupt me.)
3. Tour the globe as a scandalous work of art
4. Fuel a city
5. Get sold, chop shop-style
6. Become a Soviet tourist attraction
7. Snuggle up with your stalker
8. Don’t spread an epidemic
9. Stand trial
10. Stave off freezer burn

Wanted: Women to eat chocolate For a Year

Who wants to volunteer for this.

LONDON, England (CNN) — Scientists in the UK are seeking 150 women to eat chocolate every day for a year in the cause of medical research.

The trial, at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, eastern England, will test whether a natural compound found in cocoa, the main ingredient of chocolate, could cut the risk of heart disease among women with diabetes.

A Belgian confectionist has created the special chocolate bar containing high levels of flavonoids — a plant compound that has been shown to reduce heart risk factors — to be used in the experiment. Soy, another natural source of flavonoids, has also been added to the bar.

Participants, who must be postmenopausal women under the age of 70, will have their risk of heart disease tested on five occasions during the year to see whether change occurs.

“The hypothesis of this exciting study is that flavonoids may improve the level of protection against heart disease over and above that provided by conventional drugs,” said Dr. Ketan Dhatariya, a consultant in diabetes at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

“If the trial confirms this, it could have a far-reaching impact on the advice we give to postmenopausal women who have type 2 diabetes.”

For the full story click here.

Vocabulary Time Part 7

It is vocabulary time again. Here is part one, part two, part three, part four, part five and part 6. It is probably time to provide a list of the words that have graced your computer screen. You’ll be able to find it beneath the current words.

Here are your new words:

Ollendorffian
gerascophobia
bathysiderodrophobia
hormephobia
cacoethes loquendi
cacoethes scribendi

And here is a list of the past vocabulary words we used.

saudade
Scaturient
Walpurgisnacht
barlafumble
defalcate
Dactylonomy
recrudesce
videlicet
temerarious
Tentiginous
Urinator
usufruct
Jackpudding
Jobbernowl
nikhedonia
quidnunckery
mancinism
macroverbumsciolist
mastigophorer
matutolypea
xenodochiophobia


Xenodochium
Knobstick
effulgence
divaricate

Haveil Havalim #163 is Live

I am pleased to announce that Haveil Havalim #163, the Best of The Jewish/Israeli Blogosphere is now live at Tzipiyah.

Bork, Bork, Bork, Sushi.

The following is a Guest post by The Waffle Master.

Floozle; chair
Harumbeldee: lamp
Brap: lightbulb
You’ve seen these words over and over in the Ikea catalog, yet the voice of the Swedish Chef from the Muppets
keeps ringing in my ears.
Turns out, the Japanese are having trouble with Ikea as well. (source: http://www.thelocal.se/11394/20080428)
Swedish do-it-yourself furniture giant Ikea has been ordered to give better instructions in Japan after a customer suffered minor injuries assembling a chest.
The man in Chiba, in suburban Tokyo, was hurt in the eye by a broken screw last July, the Japanese industry ministry said.

“The cause of the accident is believed to be the customer using an inappropriate size of straight slot driver instead of a cross slot,” the ministry said in a recent report.

“But the instructions on the product failed to give enough information on what kind of screwdriver should be employed or to alert customers on the risk of building the product,” it said.

Ikea has won legions of fans with its affordable yet stylish designs, but its no-frills self-assembly approach has also caused legendary tales of frustration.

Ikea‘s giving Chinglish a run for their money.