Anke (ankewehner) wrote,

Random things of possible interest

Dark Roasted Blend mentions in a post about British Pub Signs:

The Pig and Whistle’s origin is obscure, but it could be a corruption of the Anglo-Saxon “piggin wassail” which means “good health”.

One fun part is that there is a German expression of surprise, “Ich glaub mein Schwein pfeift”, which translates to “I think my pig’s whistling”. As far I could could find out from a quick web search, it dates back to the 1970s or possibly 1960. Variations on the “I think” theme include

  • “…mich knutscht ein Elch” (”..a moose is smooching me”)
  • “… mein Hamster bohnert” (”…my hamster’s waxing the floor”)
  • “…mein Hund spielt Halma” (”…my dog’s playing Halma”)

I hadn’t encountered the last two before.

Links to share:
15th century “typo demon”

Lucky shot: Photo of an “exploding” meteorite
Astronomical Quilts

Madly Awesome Paper Craft
…and cardboard-craft (Some is like 3d graffiti!

Pretty new spider discovered
‘nother article with ‘nother photo

Originally published at You can comment here or there.

Tags: art, astronomy, crafts, interesting stuff, languages, links, spiders

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