Thursday, November 20, 2008

Random Thoughts

1. I bought socks yesterday. In my mind I align the purchase of socks (along with the purchase of light bulbs or dental floss) as an adult activity.

Never mind that all the socks I bought were covered in purple stripes.

2. If one were to judge me strictly on my sock collection, I might be mistaken for a second grade teacher who hasn't given up just yet.

3. I opened an umbrella inside today, and my two year old nephew reacted as I thought had brought fire down from the mountain.

Now I'm secretly worried that I've brought bad joo-joo on the house for opening an umbrella indoors...no matter how impressive its presentation was, I'll regret it later if I fall down the stairs, tripped by the unseen hand of Bad Luck.

4. I also secretly believe that if I lie, I will sprout boils or some other Egyptian Plague will be visited upon me.

5. Favorite word this week:

Chimera
Pronunciation:
\-ˈmir-ə, kə-\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
Latin chimaera, from Greek chimaira she-goat, chimera; akin to Old Norse gymbr yearling ewe, Greek cheimōn winter
1 acapitalized : a fire-breathing she-monster in Greek mythology having a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail b: an imaginary monster compounded of incongruous parts2: an illusion or fabrication of the mind ; especially : an unrealizable dream chimera in my brain, troubles me in my prayer — John Donne

6. Least favorite word this week:

Punt.


3 comments:

regan said...

Brings to mind the creepiest Discovery Health channel thing I've ever sat entranced for the entire hour on: Human Chimera disorder. When two fraternal twins are fused in the womb and certain elements belong to one DNA type or the other.

Quote: "Now she has a DNA test done on her children and one done on her kidney or cheek cells. When the results are compared, she looks like the children’s aunt instead of their mother. This is what happened in the custody and kidney transplant cases."

http://genetics.suite101.com/article.cfm/chimeras

-j-j- said...

You have no idea the tailspin you just sent me into.

NotNits said...

Yes! I believe there was a RadioLab episode that dealt with this!

 
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