Sunday, September 12, 2004

Talk Like a Pirate Day

Arrr! Ye scurvy dogs! September 19th, a date that will live in piracy: the 3rd annual talk-like-a-pirate day. While at it, why not blog like a pirate?

Friday, September 10, 2004

Say Ellis…

A quote that combines your interests in Travels With Charley and epidemiology:

    The Morgan Library has a very fine eleventh-century Lancelot in perfect condition. I was going over it one day and turned to the rubric of the first known owner dated 1221, the rubric a squiggle of very thick ink. I put a glass on it and there imbedded deep in the ink was the finest crab louse, pfiththira pulus, I ever saw. He was perfectly preserved even to his little claws. I knew I would find him sooner or later because people of that period were deeply troubled with lice and other little beasties - hence the plague. I called the curator over and showed him my find and he let out a cry of sorrow. "I've looked at that rubric a thousand times," he said. "Why couldn't I have found him?"

A plaintive archivist, innit. Of course, Steinbeck intends Pthirus pubis, pubic lice. Judging from the photo, they're quite the acrobats. Anyway, I'm off to comb my local library....

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Arrrh, 'Tis A Remorseless Eating Machine

Well, it jolly well is.