Thursday, December 29, 2011

caddywampus

Awry creature begat by union of British Columbian sea monster, the Cadborosaurus, and the common wampus cat.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Elsie mitt

For Christmas, I got this oven mitt
in the shape of my Aunt Elsie.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Monday, December 26, 2011

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

clastic caveman

It now appears our long held belief
that early man was dumber than a bag of rocks
is not true. There were, in fact, no bags.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

hackles


I may appear calm, but the holidays have raised my hackles.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Friday, December 09, 2011

clavicytheriumist

n.  player of bygone pianoforte
-Century Dictionary & Encyclopedia, 1911 ed.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

Hyperionian

Resident of the only moon in our solar system
to rotate chaotically. So don't blame him.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011

erlking

Follow him into the forest and
the erlking will do you grievous harm.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

Memnoch

banished for demanding God take
human form for compassion's sake

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Bonus Marcher

Marcher in the Bonus Expeditionary Force, WW1 vets united to seek the Promised but Elusive War Bonus. Without Facebook or cell phone, assembled in Portland, Oregon and proceeded eastward, until they arrived in the nation's capital, in the thousands, created the country's largest Hooverville, formed a newspaper, a library, schools.. DC Police Chief Glassford, himself a vet, found them a place to stay and even bought them building supplies. Evalyn Walsh McLean fed them sandwiches. Tourists arrived on the weekends. It was integrated; no Jim Crow. Herbert Hoover called it a “temporary disease.” J. Edgar Hoover called them communists... bums... Weeks went by. A Bonus Bill passed the House, was defeated in the Senate, still thousands remained encamped in their sorry lean-to's & shanties, next door to the White House, until... the Great American War Machine was deployed at MacArhur's command.

"MacArthur ordered his men to clear the downtown of veterans, their numbers estimated at around 8,000, and spectators who had been drawn to the scene by radio reports. At 4:30 p.m., nearly 200 mounted cavalry, sabers drawn and pennants flying, wheeled out of the Ellipse. At the head of this contingent rode their executive officer, George S. Patton, followed by five tanks and about 300 helmeted infantrymen, brandishing loaded rifles with fixed bayonets. The cavalry drove most pedestrians—curious onlookers, civil servants and members of the Bonus Army, many with wives and children—off the streets. Infantrymen wearing gas masks hurled hundreds of tear-gas grenades at the dispersing crowd. The detonated grenades set off dozens of fires: the flimsy shelters veterans had erected near the armory went up in flames. Black clouds mingled with tear gas."

The United States of America veterans were given one hour to evacuate the women and children, then surrender. Guffed Mac: “Had [the president] let it go on another week, I believe the institutions of our Government would have been severely threatened.”

to be continued?

Quotes and background from an article written for Smithsonian in 2003 by Paul Dickson & Thomas B. Allen

Monday, November 14, 2011

Staurolite

The Staurolites were a cruciform race.
They died out due to continual twinning.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Saint Fiacre

7th Century patron saint of herbs, taxi drivers,
and sexually transmitted diseases.