Dark Meat vs Light Meat (and what kind of meat YOU are made of)

Dark Meat vs Light Meat (and what kind of meat YOU are made of)

I’m not a big chicken breast fan. Give me thighs, legs, wings any day. In short, I prefer dark meat to light meat. It tends to be juicer and more flavorful (especially when birds are cooked whole, since the two types of meats require different cooking times and temperatures). But I’ve seldom stopped to wonder WHY poultry has these two types of meats. Over on the YouTubes, SciShow answe... »

Logophile Tuesday – Proofreading

Logophile Tuesday – Proofreading

Anne passed me a little poetic performance Taylor Mali that belongs in our collection of linguistic ruminations. It is a careful reflection on the impotence of proofreading. Enjoy. »

Caddisfly larvae encased in jeweled cocoon

Mad Quickies

Ahoy! It’s time to get your week started off with some Quickies. I’ve spent the entire weekend scouring The Internet™ just for you. Because you are the light of my life. This is a brilliant idea, with a stunning outcome. Caddisfly larvae build temporary aquatic cocoons with whatever is lying around, using a silk they secrete to hold everything together. Artist Hubert Duprat decided to ... »

Flowers photographed in the stratosphere

Mad Quickies: The Male Gaze in Art, Flowers in Space, The Animals of Tatooine and More!

Oh, hello there. Donna is currently abroad, searching out a good location for Mad Art Lab Island. So you’re stuck with me today. But fear not! I’ve gathered some truly lovely links for you all. Because I think you’re just the fanciest folks around. Like, really super-fancy. I’m not gonna lie. After we saw this tree that grows 40 different kinds of fruits at once, we knew we... »

Five Great Novelty Education Songs for When You’re Done With Word Crimes

Five Great Novelty Education Songs for When You’re Done With Word Crimes

As Ryan posted today, thanks to Weird Al, it’s been a great week for nerds lying at the intersection of music and education.  To commemorate, here are five of my favorite all time educational songs of a humorous bent:   5. Tom Lehrer: New Math.  Lehrer’s song mocking the difficulty of New Math’s approach towards subtraction in different base systems is itself actually a real... »

wordcrimes

Logophile Tuesday – Word Crimes

Over the last couple weeks, my first and greatest musical love, Weird Al Yankovic released eight new videos to promote his new album Mandatory Fun. Among them was Word Crimes, a delightful tour of linguistic pedantry. Share and enjoy. »

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