Encyclopedia Literature [ home ] Major update during Aug.-Oct. 2014. Major update during Nov. 2008 including reformatting (e.g. what was I thinking using all those HTML lists?) Contained herein are links and books in my personal collection (well, a few aren't...yet) in the general category of unusual literature, for which the best definition I can come up with at the moment is: stuff I like that's a little or a lot different than most of the stuff you'll find down at the local Books'R'Us. I guess the ultimate goal is to provide somewhere for myself and others of my particular bent (and I use that word very deliberately) to go to find something to read during those times when the usual fodder just isn't satisfying the need, as well as to provide a web presence for the writings of obscure/unusual authors who deserve wider recognition. Suggestions and commentary are more than welcome and will be fully credited unless otherwise desired. Enjoy. Meta, i.e. Books About BooksRich, creamery metabookage. Meta-Books Authors
31 Adorable Slang Terms for Sexual Intercourse from the Last 600 Years Lexicographer Jonathon Green’s comprehensive historical dictionary of slang, Green’s Dictionary of Slang, covers hundreds of years of jargon, cant, and naughty talk. He has created a series of online timelines (here and here) where the words too impolite, indecent, or risqué for the usual history books are arranged in the order they came into fashion. (If you don’t see any words on the timelines, zoom out using the bar on the right.) We’ve already had fun with the classiest terms for naughty bits. Here are the most adorable terms for sexual intercourse from the last 600 or so years. Many of them have origins so obscure they hardly make sense at all, but that doesn’t detract from their bawdy adorability in the slightest. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31.
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eBay Bidder Buys 4chan Screenshot, as Art, for $90,000 A screenshot of said screenshot. CNET reports that an eBay customer has bid $90,900 for a screenshot of a post on 4chan. Titled Artwork by Anonymous, the work features a user’s musings on the value of art. “Art used to be something to cherish,” they lament. “Now literally anything could be art. To some, nearly $100,000 might seem like a lot to pay for the screenshot, which was free to take, is easy to duplicate and doesn’t really say anything Marcel Duchamp didn’t already say. CNET, thanks for pointing us to this story. Copyright 2016, Art Media ARTNEWS, llc. 110 Greene Street, 2nd Fl., New York, N.Y. 10012.
Literary Encyclopedia | Welcome Murderpedia Murder of Shirley Duguay In 1994, Shirley Duguay of Prince Edward Island, Canada went missing and was later found dead in a shallow grave. Among the most compelling pieces of evidence in the case was a leather jacket covered in Duguay's blood and over two dozen white feline hairs. Royal Canadian Mounted Police investigators recalled that during a previous interview with the estranged husband, Douglas Beamish, that he had a white cat of which he named Snowball. The detectives confiscated the cat and drew blood in which they intended to use DNA fingerprinting to compare it to the DNA found in the white hairs from the jacket, but they found that no one in the world had done this before. After contacting the Laboratory of Genomic Diversity, a laboratory specializing not in forensics, but in the study of genetic diseases, detectives and scientists were able to develop a method in which to test the feline DNA. Wikipedia.org Parole denied for P.E.I. man who killed common-law wife August 01, 2013
Celtic Zodiac Index Celtic Astrology was created by the Druids sometime around 1000BC. The Druid religion was based on 3 basic strands of belief: the first was to remember their ancestors and the past; the second was to have an understanding of nature so that they could work with it, not against it; and the third was to explore the connection of everyday reality with that of the spiritual realm. In Celtic astrology, the zodiac is based on the trees that the Druids held sacred. It was believed that the trees themselves expressed personal characteristics that could then be associated with particular months of the year. Unlike the Greco-Roman zodiac, the Celtic calendar has 13 astrological signs based on lunar months. Please click a Zodiac picture for more information about that sign!
Medium Harry Pointer During the 1870s, the Brighton photographer Harry Pointer (1822-1889) became well known for a series of carte-de-visite photographs which featured his pet cats. Pointer began by taking conventional photographs of cats resting, drinking milk or sleeping in a basket, but from around 1870 he specialised in photographing cats in a variety of poses, placing his cats in settings that would create a humorous or appealing picture. Pointer often arranged his cats in unusual poses that mimicked human activities - a cat riding a tricycle, cats roller-skating and even a cat taking a photograph with a camera. Harry Pointer soon realised that even a relatively straight-forward cat photograph could be turned into an amusing or appealing image by adding a written caption. Pointer increased the commercial potential of his cat pictures by adding a written greeting such as "A Happy New Year" or "Very many happy returns of the day". [PHOTO : Courtesy of Philippe Garner]
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Salsa Rhythm Introduction Salsa music has a complex rhythm. Understanding the rhythm can help you to find the 1-beat or find the 2-beat so that you know when to start dancing. Not necessarily all these instruments will be used in salsa music and even when they are, the rhythm that each instrument plays can vary throughout the music - some coming in during the chorus and others in the verse. Clave Clave (pronounced "clah-vay") is both a rhythm and an instrument. Conga The conga is a tall drum that is played with both hands. The full tumbaó rhythm can also be played ("complex"). Cow Bell The cow bell (or "campana" or "bongo bell") is played by the bongo player during the louder parts of salsa music (the "montuno" or "mambo" sections). Timbale In the verses and softer sections of the music a rhythm is often played with a drum stick on the side of a drum such as the timbale or tom. Güiro This is the one that makes that scraping sound. Player Notes