Discussion with Jim Mora on Critical Mass this afternoon was sparked by:
* Vocabulary test.
I thought I was quite smart until I got to the end of the fourth column and came across legerdemain which I recognised but couldn’t define and sparge which was totally unfamiliar.
I scored 33,300 when I did it first last week and 33,500 today – not sure why I’d improved. Perhpas my subconscious had mulled over some of the words I’d met the first time or maybe I wasn’t as tough on myself the second time.
* 10 of the weirdest things eaten by travel bloggers.
The weirdest thing I can claim to ahve eaten was what my host in Argentina called small bowel – I decided he meant small intestine but it didn’t make it any easier to eat.
I also ate viscacha in Argentina. It’s a small burrowing animal which looks a bit like a cross between a possum and a rabbit.
* Daily Oats - this was chosen for the tenuous link with the Melbourne Cup though the blog author is a horse lover rather than a racing aficionado. It includes:
How bad is your horse addiction?
You are Very Bad if!
*if you have hay under your hat as you walk in the house.
*If you examine every piece of rope or twine for its halter potential.
*If you take someone’s temperature and think 102°F is normal.
*If you always keep carrots, apples, and sugar cubes in your refrigerator and ginger snaps on the shelf.
*If you prefer the smell of stable to perfume. . .
and All I’ve learned in my life I’ve learned from my horse:
• When in doubt, run far, far away.
• You can never have too many treats.
• Passing gas in public is nothing to be ashamed of.
• New shoes are an absolute necessity every 6 weeks.
• Ignore cues. They’re just a prompt to do more work.
• Everyone loves a good, wet, slobbery kiss.
• Never run when you can jog. Never jog when you can walk. And never walk when you can stand still.
• Heaven is eating at least 10 hours a day… and then sleeping the rest.
• Eat plenty of roughage.
• Great legs and a nice rear will get you anywhere. . . .