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Postby Stargzer » Mon Mar 23, 2009 4:08 am

I'm still lost on the Hungry i-Land but I was able to find a grammatically-related video on YouTube to post while I try to follow the trail back to the electronic frontier.

One Hippopotomion YouTube as told by the late Allan Sherman.

Oh, and if you haven't read it yet, here's some more about feathered river horses from Dr. Goodword's Office (and no, they weren't tarred and run out of town on a rail like carpetbaggers and scalawags).
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Postby Slava » Sun Dec 27, 2009 2:03 am

Okay, I give, what's a phernalia?
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Postby Stargzer » Fri Jan 15, 2010 3:33 am

Slava wrote:Okay, I give, what's a phernalia?


That would be one half of a paraphernalia.
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Postby Slava » Thu Jan 21, 2010 6:50 pm

Stargzer wrote:
Slava wrote:Okay, I give, what's a phernalia?


That would be one half of a paraphernalia.
Then I suppose if we have 2 paraphernalias we would have a quadrophernalia?

Still, the question remains, what is a phernalia? A pernicious hernia? A flower shop that sells pherns?
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Postby LukeJavan8 » Wed Jan 27, 2010 1:50 pm

Like Octomom: 4 paraphernalias are an Octophernalia???
I don't like the sound of a pernicious hernia, Ouch.
Being a great gardener and lover of butterflies, which
I propagate in warm weather, I much prefer the
seller of pherns.
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Postby beck123 » Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:04 pm

Luke, don't tell me you're a butterfly guy. At what intensity level do you pursue this avocation?
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Postby LukeJavan8 » Sat Jan 30, 2010 12:24 pm

I truly do watch butterfly culture.
{Not being too sure what you mean by 'butterfly guy"}
I have always been intrigued by the Monarch
and it's 3000 mile journey. I used to sit on the banks
of the Platte River decades ago, in October, and watch
one bug fly four feet forward, and then the wind would
blow it back 3 feet. Then onward. Then the next bug.
So I investigated and found out they were on Trek to
Mexico.

I joined "Monarch Watch" a group of a few thousand
who are quite "academic" in their pursuit of it all. It is based at KU, in Lawrence, Kansas. They
send emails by the hundreds each week, which I get.
I also pay little attention to most of them. But the
Pictures are fantastic.

I have four kinds of milkweed in my yard 7/10 acre, and
they go nuts over this plant, their favorite. I photograph
them and enjoy them immensely. So I guess I am
a 'butterfly guy'!

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Postby beck123 » Sat Jan 30, 2010 3:45 pm

And thanks again for the birthday cheer!

I guess "butterfly guy" was a bit cryptic. I was an active butterfly collector for many, many years until the eco-nazis made it a crime in many jurisdictions. I thought we may have known each other in an earlier life. I'm a professional entomologist because of my early interest in butterflies, even though that's not at all what my professional work has ever entailed. I've collected butterflies throughout the New World, specializing in the coppers, blues, and hairstreaks. As far as monarchs go, I had a few beers in Link Brower's house when I worked in Gainesville many moons ago, but that's about it. I did see monarchs overwintering on the Monterey Peninsula in CA in the late 1980's. Nothing like the Mexican overwintering site, to be sure. In Monterey they hang from trees in a residential area, particularly in the parks.
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Postby LukeJavan8 » Sat Jan 30, 2010 8:35 pm

How I envy the site in Monterey. I 'd love to see it.
I just watch them pass through and breed here and
lay eggs, caterpillar and new bug. Is Professional
Entomology your life's work??

Yes, the eco-nazi', as you call them, did put a damper
on butterfly collecting. I had a collection as a boy, and
believe it or not, saw a collection on the wall of the
lab in last week's episode of "Fringe" on Fox TV.
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Postby beck123 » Sun Jan 31, 2010 5:09 pm

Just hop on one of those westbound trains that goes through North Platte one of these winter weekends, and you'll be there to see them, Luke. Might as well do it - they won't come to see you!

I've heard that when people are death-bound, they rarely regret things they've done. They regret the things they wanted to do, but didn't.
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Postby beck123 » Sun Jan 31, 2010 5:13 pm

LukeJavan8 wrote:Is Professional Entomology your life's work?


Yes, I'm a medical entomologist, and I work as a civilian for the Navy. I was trained at Virginia Tech and the University of Florida. Except for one school year lecturing at Stetson University, my professional career has been with the Navy in Florida. (Hence, the navel oranges.)
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Postby Slava » Sun Jan 31, 2010 5:35 pm

beck123 wrote:Except for one school year lecturing at Stetson University, my professional career has been with the Navy in Florida. (Hence, the navel oranges.)
Some time ago, one of the Academies had a slight problem with their diplomas. They read "Navel". OOPS.
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Postby LukeJavan8 » Sun Jan 31, 2010 7:53 pm

I understood the oranges as Florida dwelling for yourself.
But now I get the full implication: navel oranges. Naval.
Oops. Good one.
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Postby beck123 » Sun Jan 31, 2010 11:52 pm

Slava wrote:Some time ago, one of the Academies had a slight problem with their diplomas. They read "Navel". OOPS.


I'm going to take a wild guess that it was Annapolis. :wink:
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Postby LukeJavan8 » Mon Feb 01, 2010 12:10 pm

Duh! Ya thunk it!
I love it when words get mixed up in official ways.
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