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"Fred Madden, in Jabberwocky (Summer/Autumn 1988), calls attention to a chapter titled "Popular Follies of Great Cities" in Charles Mackay's classic work, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (1841). Mackay tells of various catch phrases which sprang up suddenly in London. One such phrase was "Who are you," spoken with emphasis on the first and last words. It appeared suddenly, "like a mushroom. . . . One day it was unheard, unknown, uninvented; the next day it pervaded London. . . . Every new comer into an alehouse tap room was asked unceremoniously 'Who are you?' "

In "Who Are You: A Reply" (Jabberwocky, Winter/Spring 1990), John Clark points out that Lewis Carroll owned Mackay's book and probably heard the question shouted at him when it was a short-lived London rage. Did he have this craze in mind when he had his blue Caterpillar, sitting on a mushroom, ask Alice, "Who are you?" It certainly seems possible.

-- from The Annotated Alice: the Definitive Edition, ed. Martin Gardner.

I found this particularly interesting because most of the pre-internet "memes" I can think of had their source in commercial enterprises, where you could ascribe the desire to insert a catchphrase into daily use as an obvious goal of advertising. I'm not sure I can think of one that didn't have a commercial (advertising or popular movie or tv show) origin.
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100 book meme
As seen several times on my flist

The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed. Well let's see.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicise those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.

Two were taken out of the list because they were repetitive (Hamlet & The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe).

See the list... )

29. Hmm. Although, if you counted the *individual books* represented by some listed *series*, that number shoots up to 41. (Why list some as series, and other things -- like the Jane Austen books -- separately?) And I'm really not sure how to count the Sherlock Holmes stuff.

I didn't bold "The Complete Works of Shakespeare", because I certainly haven't read the frickin' *complete works*, although if I had to count up which plays I've read (not just seen performed), that would add 5 or 6 more. (I did, however, bold the Harry Potter series, even though I've only read 4 of them.) I also underlined two things (Harry Potter and HDM) in which I only actually loved the first book, perhaps, and I don't want to commit to loving the entire series.

I'm struck, to be frank, by the way I have managed to go through life, and particularly by the way I managed to skate through my education, avoiding reading any number of things on that list that are usually assigned reading in various English classes. I did actually bold several things that I know darned well I read, but of which I have no memory now, or only the sketchiest recollection (Nineteen Eighty-Four, I'm lookin' at you. And you too, Gatsby).

I really had to go look up who or what the heck The Big Read was, too.
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Ganked from [ profile] cityofbeige.

"A lot of people", apparently. More than actually have me friended, which is a little odd if you ask me...

Who comments the most on this journal? )

I don't find it that freaky that one is always the one who comments the most in one's journal. I think that makes perfect sense, if you're the type of person who feels they ought to answer just about every comment that anyone else makes in your LJ. I do find it interesting that, based on the admittedly miniscule sample size I've seen (... a grand total of 3 people doing this so far), "people" (meaning, the three of us) seem to account for roughly 1/3rd of the comments in their own journal. (I might have expected that to be half.)
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Apparently, Merriam-Webster online has crowned "w00t" as its Word of the Year for 2007. (Really? Not "lolcat"?)

Not actually in time for the holidays, but... you need a Boba Fett-shaped 1gb (or up to 4gb) flash drive, right? Sure you do! (I really don't get why the Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, and R2D2 ones have the little ears.)

Never let it be said that Harvard doesn't know how to have fun: ROFLcon, taking place (tentatively) April 25-26, 2008. What? you say. From the website: "This is the ongoing record of an effort to assemble every famous internet meme or celebrity to come to Harvard in the spring of 2008 to attend a conference. Presumably, they're going to talk about fame online. But with Homestar Runner and Dinosaur Comics coming and Goatse on the guest list, getting there is going to be about 80% of the fun." (Guest list also includes: XKCD, someone from 4chan, Red vs. Blue, Chuck Norris Facts, LOLcats Bible, Anil Dash from 6A, and many more!) Man, I'm tempted...
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I totally resisted the TSUNAMI of LJ auto-posting that went around, but of course I can't resist quizzes.

I don't see how this result is possible, though... says I'm a Cool Nerd King.  What are you?  Click here!

(I feel the results of this quiz would have been quite different if they'd put in more choices of the "no, but I kind of wish I did" and "once, back in the mists of time" variety...)
eregyrn: (Pirates - got rum?)
Looted from [ profile] raqs. Apparently we kick her pirate ship's ASS when it comes to booty. Aaarrrh!

LiveJournal Username
Fifteen men on a dead man's chest!
Cutlass or pistol?
What is the name of your pirate ship?
Where is your secret pirate base?
What kind of loot do you prefer?
What do you and your crew prefer to be called?
Parrot or monkey?
Your capable first mateflos_campi
Your bumbling cabin boy with a heart of goldyhlee
The aloof, yet honorable, pirate with a mysterious pastthevetia
Is always the first one into the frayoceana_
Is the naval officer who ruthlessly pursues your shipmarthawells
Is the comical pirate who is always drunk on grogjenlev
Is currently in Davy Jones's lockerthefakeheadline
The amount of money you make as a pirate$78,613
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I have white spray paint on my fingers, and it won't dry properly and is disconcertingly sticky when I try to type. Meh.
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Ganked from [ profile] oakenguy.

And I wasn't even trying to skew the results or anything...

Your Score: Guinness

(66% dark & bitter, 66% working class, 66% genuine)

Okay, we all know Guinness is the best possible score on any "What Kind Of Beer Are You" test, so you can just go on and pat yourself on the back now. Like the world's most famous brew, you're genuine, you've got good taste, and you're sophisticated. What else can I say, except congratulations?

If your friends didn't score the same way, get ready for them to say: Guinness is too heavy; it's an acquired taste; it's too serious--and they probably think those things about you at times. But just brush 'em off. Everybody knows Guinness is the best. Cheers.

Link: The If You Were A Beer Test written by gwendolynbooks on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

Actually, I think it must say something about my beer snobbery that my reaction to the "Guinness" result was to think, "this test isn't sophisticated enough to place Guinness on a continuum that acknowledges that it has become almost mainstream in terms of beer choices, does it?" Well, of course not -- it's an internet test, after all. I wish I could see all of the other answers, though, to see if there is some even-quirkier result. (But then I guess that assumes that the test-makers would think that the test-takers would prize "quirkiness" as a result.)

I'm over-thinking this.
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And the rest of you get to play along... )

On the bright side? DAMN, am I looking forward to this movie! It's going to be GORGEOUS.
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Yeah, because I'm just THAT bored. And cold. Did I mention cold? I am calling in "Too COLD!" to work tomorrow. (No, really, I am. But I told my boss that I was, and my other boss is out of town, and you know, screw it, I never use personal days anyways.)

Ganked from [ profile] raqs:

1. Bold the names of guys you'd definitely shag.
2. Italicize the names of guys you might shag after a little persuasion.
3. Leave the guys you don't know of (or wouldn't want to shag) alone.
4. Strike the guys you wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole.

I have a feeling this is gonna be kind of a wasteland of selections...(bets on how often I will have to consult IMDB?) )

I said I was *bored*, not *proud*.


Nov. 3rd, 2006 02:42 pm
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The answer, in truth, is that I am *from* Philadelphia. And have been told by others that they can tell, although not in that "oh my god, your accent is so thick and obnoxious you sound like you were in the movie 'Rocky'" kind of way. The South??? Quoi? Yes, that's right. Because when you were born and raised in Philly and then you move to Boston and live there for 15 years, you end up with a Southern accent. Sure. Makes perfect sense.

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The South

That's a Southern accent you've got there. You may love it, you may hate it, you may swear you don't have it, but whatever the case, we can hear it.

The Midland
The Northeast
The Inland North
The West
North Central
What American accent do you have?
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Language Scholar

You scored a 310 out of 400 on language knowledge.

Outstanding! You've scored higher than even most Anthropology students would. You are probably a Linguistics or Anthropology Professor yourself (or at least a Grad student). You may even speak several languages and are possibly working on a new one. If not, then you just have an endless drive to learn about the different cultures of our world. Regardless, you are one of the gems of any society, always promoting a deeper understanding amongst all people. Unless you cheated of course.

My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 99% on knowledge

Link: The World Languages Test written by jeremie096 on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

Okay, no, I didn't cheat. All I would say is that knowing what languages are spoken where doesn't equal knowing how to speak 'em.
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LogoThere are:
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Yeah, that's not a surprising result. (If I put in my last name as the way it is usually misspelled by people, the total more than doubles.)

Well. Duh.

Jan. 12th, 2006 10:00 am
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Look. I *genuinely* *LIKE* beer, okay? (It kind of surprises me that Aiden Ford is still one of the possibilities, actually.)

You scored as Jack O'Neill.


Jack O'Neill


Cam Mitchell


Carson Beckett


Rodney McKay


Ronon Dex


Daniel Jackson


John Sheppard




Aiden Ford


Who Is Your Stargate Boyfriend?
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Yeah, yeah, succumbing. But I haven't seen anyone post this one yet, and it's definitely a favorite.

Wash: Ah! Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!

(Of course, that one is all about context...)
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Egad! It's a 3-post day! That *never* happens. At least, not if the Canucks aren't winning...

Tagged by both [ profile] catspaw_sgjd and [ profile] raqs, so I guess I had best get to it...

Set one
List 3 things that bug you that others may find trivial:
1) little seeds that get stuck in my teeth (tomatoes, strawberries, caraway, etc.)
2) when toiletry or personal-care products are discontinued; don't these people know that once I find THE PERFECT hair-gel or zit-lotion, etc., I desperately need for it to be available for the rest of my life???
3) The American sports media's inept coverage of anything related to hockey

Set two
List 3 things that make Chocolate better:
1) salt (think chocolate-covered pretzels)
2) nuts (esp. walnuts)
3) orange

Set three
List 3 things that you'd rather be doing than playing a game of LJ tag
1) sitting in a lawn chair with a pitcher of sangria close at hand
2) kayaking
3) miniature golfing


Mar. 12th, 2005 03:44 pm
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Am annoyed that the results are apparently comparing my score to others of my *age* and *gender*. Hmph. But let there be no mistake: the results of this test are definitely not due to a *fluke* or anything. I put it up, though, because I do believe there are people on my flist who ought to be able to score a good bit higher. :)

Bacardi 151

Congratulations! You're 139 proof, with specific scores in beer (100) , wine (116), and liquor (86).
All right. No more messing around. Your knowledge of alcohol is so high that you have drinking and getting plastered down to a science. Sure, you could get wasted drinking beer, but who needs all those trips to the bathroom? You head straight for the bar and pick up that which is most efficient.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender

You scored higher than 78%
on proof

You scored higher than 97%
on beer index

You scored higher than 91%
on wine index

You scored higher than 92%
on liquor index

Link: The Alcohol Knowledge Test written by hoppersplit on Ok Cupid


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