1811 – Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue – The “D” Section

On April 9, 2013 by Lazer Horse

Here’s installment number three in my labour of love: the slow and steady trawl through the Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue by the prolific Captain Grose. Grose was an English antiquary, draughtsman, and lexicographer and authored...

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The Octobass: Sub-Woofers Before Speakers

On April 8, 2013 by Lazer Horse

The Octobass is a massive musical instrument that you certainly couldn’t fit in a mini. It’s shaped like a cello but it’s almost twice the size and, consequently the tone is twice as...

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Gateway To Hell Found In Turkey

On April 4, 2013 by Lazer Horse

Here’s a nice bit of archaeology to start your day, and sinister archaeology at that. A portal called “Pluto’s Gate” (Ploutonion in Greek, Plutonium in Latin) has been found by a group of Italian archaeologists. Based in a...

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1811 – Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue – The Letter C

On April 2, 2013 by Lazer Horse

So we’re back with part two of my depth charge in to Captain Francis Grose‘s amazing publication from 1811, The Dictionary Of The Vulgar Tongue. Today we tackle the C words. If you missed the...

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1811 – Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue – Letters A & B

On April 1, 2013 by Lazer Horse

The Dictionary Of The Vulgar Tongue was written in 1811 by Captain Francis Grose. He endeavored to capture all of the common expressions of the day, used by the lower echelons of society. Vulgar in this sense...

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The Origin Of The Word Beard

On March 31, 2013 by Lazer Horse

I like to know the origin of words, so often, on cold and windy eves, I can be found perusing the etymology aisle; it keeps me out of trouble. Yesterday, I looked up...

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Old Photos Of Russian Monks + Sinister Choral Soundtrack

On March 23, 2013 by lazerhorse

Recently, I found a bunch of photos of a Russian monastery on the lake island of Valaam, near St Petersburg. They are amazing. The monastery is known as the Valaam Monastery and the lake is named Ladoga. Ladoga is the biggest...

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Morris Dancing Ankle Fold

On March 13, 2013 by lazerhorse

One of the few things that’s good about working in a badly paid office job is that you have to work with a bunch of people that you would never probably have come across in...

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Some Things About Curry You Perhaps Didn’t Know

On March 12, 2013 by lazerhorse

Currys, we love them over here on our rainy little island. According to Gallup, one in four of us eat curry at least once a week. They’ve been part of us for quite...

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Cargo Cults – Weird Human Wonders

On March 12, 2013 by lazerhorse

Imagine you are living within a tribe on a remote island and you’ve never seen a white guy, never seen anyone wearing western clothes, never seen a cigarette, never been to Argos, never seen...

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