Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Stories below the fold

John Pertwee, Dr. Who number 3, was a spy in real life.
The actor revealed that during his time working in Naval intelligence he would attend meetings “where Churchill would be at the
end of the table and he would be smoking his cigars”...

Pertwee taught commandos how to use ingenious gadgets.  “Compasses in brass buttons, secret maps in white cotton handkerchiefs, which only showed up when
you urinated on them. Pipes you could smoke that also fired a .22 bullet. All sorts of incredible things. Now that suited me perfectly as I have always loved gadgets.”
If it all sounds a bit James Bondish that’s not surprising as Ian Fleming, Bond’s creator, was a colleague of Pertwee’s.

Dr. Koop has died...a great pediatric surgeon who became famous for separating cojoined twins before he was nominated by Reagan to be Surgeon General.


TYWKIWDI blog discusses dreys and finds some new words on Wikipedia.
  • A badger's nest is called a sett.
  • An eagle's nest is called an eyrie.
  • A squirrel's or ringtail possum's nest is called a drey.
  • A hare's nest is called a form.
  • A beaver's nest is called a lodge.
  • A pheasant's nest is called a nide.
  • A wasp's nest is called a vespiary.
 those of you who are card playing gamers might recognize that last one as the name of the Girl genius "bug squad"....

speaking of Wasps, the latest email going around is telling women to use wasp spray for self defense.

the worst dressed women at the Oscars.


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