Sunday, December 30, 2007

Friday, December 28, 2007

Vartouche Muktana

One does not quash nibblies this side of Pureck Thu without obtaining express blizale from Vartouche Muktana.
If one tries, one dies.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Shelley

Bust of Percy Bysshe Shelley sculpted in driftrock on that Tuscany shore, then cast to the sea as his pyre burned. Oh, lift me as a wave, a leaf, a cloud! Speculation has it his doppelgänger, who had warned him of his death a month earlier, was the sculptor. Tell that its sculptor well those passions read which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things.. and hear the sea breathe o'er my dying brain its last monotony.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Pope Giuseppe I

Lesser known still is Pope Giuseppe I, whose papacy lasted only a day and a half in 1829. It took that long for the Council of Cardinals to realize the vicar they elected had been dead for six days. His reign, although brief, was noted for its equanimity.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Police Sketch

Here is an artists' rendition of the suspect,
based on eyewitness accounts of LSD purchasers.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Brownie

Take heed how you gift a brownie. If he feels it's a payoff for his favors, he'll be gone in a trice.
(And don't make fun of his nose, either.)

Monday, December 17, 2007

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Nefertiti

For Nefertiti, all the old gods were so 17th Dynasty. Ra, the sun hawk, was dead. The sun disc, Aten, was the New God, the One Worthy God. Nefertiti and the Pharoah changed their names to represent the new order, accepted from all Egypt prayers on Aten's behalf.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Whipsnade

This here's one a them Whipsnade boys.
Can't rightly tell which one as they all look alike.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Aeolus

How a floating island can contain deep caverns, I sure as hell don't know - but Aeolia had them and they were jam-packed with gusts and gales and even a zephyr or two. Aeolus, a man of winds, dealt them out as need be at the bidding of Olympus.

Some such wind blew in Odysseus's ship and they bivouacked there awhile. When the time finally came to shove off, Aeolus presented to Odysseus a leather bag containing every breeze but the one that blows from the west. They sailed east.

One may wonder how they made it as far as they did, but eventually they came in sight of their home shores. It was then the crew got to wondering what sort of plunder the captain was hiding in the bag, so they opened it and released the winds. The sails filled and the ship was off again. When Aeolus heard, he wasn't amused, as the misuse of wind was a serious matter in those days. He refused to deal out anymore of the stuff, and so becalmed, the crew had to eat a lot of beans to get moving again. In the wrong direction, of course.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Burrow Grub

100X anterior view of Sumatran Burrow Grub (nasutus unguiferous)

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Tina

Tina thought often of her father and his flights of fancy. Her father thought of those flights as well, only to him there was nothing fancy about them. They were just the daily mail runs between Cardiff and Cherbourg. Tina hoped his turboprop reveries would keep him young.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Morgue Arrival H

Subject was male between 30 and 60. Recovered from marshy fen. Ninety percent of skin devoured by flesh-eating bacteria; much of muscular system also eaten away. Able to determine that little of the damage occurred post mortem. Surmise final hours somewhat unpleasant.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Norma Floy

Norma Floy, actress, dancer and victim of Decoflapperosis,
a side effect of the Lindy Hop.