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Normally, one wouldn’t think insults would be a source of fondness and nostalgia.

The way phrases are turned in The South makes you rethink all of your notions about enjoying otherwise unpleasant things.

Here are a handful of my favourites…

Back in Papaw’s day, they would have kept him upstairs.

He ain’t hooked up right.

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He’s about half a bubble off plumb.

His cheese done slid right off his cracker.

I can explain it to you, but I can’t understand it for you.

I wonder what she would charge to haunt a house.

No decent woman can afford to be seen with him.

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‘Nough to gag a maggot.

She talks just to hear her head rattle.

She’s three pickles shy of a quart.

That man ain’t got the decency to die.

You’ll have to look over him, he ain’t had no home trainin’.

popcorn-sutton-moonshine(The Late Great Popcorn Sutton – bootlegger)

Your hair looks pretty good but your clothes needs something done.

She could start an argument in an empty house.

That girl’s not wearing enough fabric to flag down a train.

He’s old as sin and twice as ugly.

You lie like a dirty cur dog.

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That dress is ugly as homemade sin.

He don’t got all what belongs to him.

She has her nose so high in the air she could drown in a rainstorm.

He’s as windy as a sack full of farts.

He’s country as a bowl of grits.

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He’s 10 pounds of manure in a 5 pound bag.

Useless as a screen door (or cat flap) on a submarine.

She looks like Death suckin’ a sponge.

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Here are three of the most effective yet subtle insults. When said properly, they can be devastating. And if you’re not from The South, you probably won’t even know you’re being insulted…

You’re not from around here, are you?

Bless your heart.

That’s nice.

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Thenk yew!

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Life Finds a Way

Life finds a way.

life-finds-a-way(Image: Posted in melbourneer.com)

Nature finds a way.

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Science geeks, nerds and wonks have been going at it hammer and test tube.

Cars that run on air! A new state of matter! Mass whale grave!

Here are their latest findings!

March-02-14

Smartly done, scientists!

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For details, read the following articles. They are well worth your time!

Exoplanets: http://bit.ly/1fuJlyp
New state of matter: http://bit.ly/1hA2IVk
PLOS ONE: http://bit.ly/1hqiP7N
Martian meteorite: http://bit.ly/1cxqr40
Car runs on air: http://bit.ly/1hrMpdH
Liver cells: http://bit.ly/1fXlIcP
Mass whale grave: http://bit.ly/1esobQ9
Water vapour: http://bit.ly/MIUyOY

Tree Reflections

OK… among my (many) fixations, obsessions, fascinations, interests, etc…

Trees.

reflection-Wanaka-Lake-jason-rosewarne(Lone Tree of Wanaka Lake, NZ. Image: Jason Rosewarne)

Not only the trees themselves but how they are captured on film.

reflections-richard-lewis(‘Dead in the Water’ – Chatsworth, NJ. Image: Richard Lewis)

I ran into these images the other morning.

Knapps Loch(‘Misty sunrise’ – Knapps Loch, Scotland. Image: David Dalziel)

A tree or row of trees and how they are reflected in water.

I hope you find them as beautiful and moving as I do.

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Dueling Crescents

Daytime Moon Meets Morning Star

The NASA site ‘Astronomy Picture of the Day‘ continues to blow me away.

This is the photo for this morning, February 27, 2014.

venus-moon-occultation(Image Credit & Copyright: Cui Yongjiang and Shi Zexing)

Here is NASA’s blurb…

Explanation: Venus now appears as planet Earth’s brilliant morning star standing above the eastern horizon before dawn. For most, the silvery celestial beacon rose in a close pairing with an old crescent Moon on February 26. But seen from locations in western Africa before sunrise, the lunar crescent actually occulted or passed in front of Venus, also in a crescent phase. Farther to the east, the occultation occurred during daylight hours. In fact, this telescopic snapshot of the dueling crescents was captured just before the occultation began under an afternoon’s crystal clear skies from Yunnan Province, China. The unforgettable scene was easily visible to the naked eye in broad daylight.

If you don’t already do so, please consider making NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day part of your daily online routine.

You won’t regret it.

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Light Pillars

Light Pillars!

When it get really cold up here in The Great White North…

Amazing things happen!

light-pillars(Image Credit: Jay Callaghan)

Light pillars captured in Peterborough, Ont., on Feb. 24, 2014!

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light pillar is a visual phenomenon created by the reflection of light from ice crystals with near horizontal parallel planar surfaces. The light can come from the Sun (usually at or low to the horizon) in which case the phenomenon is called a sun pillar or solar pillar. It can also come from the Moon or from terrestrial sources such as streetlights (Wikipedia)

Greek Style Oven Roasted Lemon Butter Parmesan Potatoes

Ingredients:
3 lbs potatoes
1 cup chicken-flavoured broth (pareve)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
¼ cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon oregano (or to taste)
1 tablespoon fresh minced garlic (optional or to taste)
salt and pepper
½ – ¾ cup grated parmesan cheese (or to taste)
chopped fresh parsley

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Directions:

  1. Set oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Butter a shallow baking dish large enough to hold the potatoes.
  3. Peel and cut the potatoes into large wedges and place into the prepared baking dish.
  4. In a bowl combine the broth, lemon juice, butter, oregano, salt, pepper and minced garlic (if using); mix well to combine.
  5. Pour over potatoes in the dish and stir to coat well.
  6. Cover the dish tightly with foil.
  7. Bake for about 40 minutes.
  8. Uncover and turn potatoes.
  9. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, and return to oven (uncovered).
  10. Bake for another 20-30 minutes, or until potatoes are done to desired tenderness.
  11. Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley and serve.

*NOTE* the Parmesan may be sprinkled on just after baking if desired.

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