With the holidays coming up, I’ve been busy working and getting ready for Christmas festivities, which means I have less time to write posts about my latest wiki adventures. I have, however, found these notes on random sheets of paper in my office, the notepad app on my phone, and various napkins throughout the house:
Glutamine was absolutely useless to me. **sigh**
Orthoreovirus was the first virus that I encountered on Wiki but I’m sure there will be plenty more. Is anyone taking bets on what the first disease will be? For future reference, orthoreovirus can cause “mild upper respiratory tract disease, gastroenteritis, and biliary atresia.”
Wooster, Baytown, Texas was named after Quincy Adams Wooster. How awesome does my name have to be in order to have someplace named after me? Wooster-level awesome, I guess. Also, it helps to buy the territory. Since we’re currently renting the house we live in, I don’t see this happening to me anytime soon.
Big Dummy Lake is a lake in Wisconsin which is used mainly for fishing and boating. There wasn’t much of anything else on the page. No picture. No reason behind the name. But it does leave one to wonder why…
Masterplan is the self-titled debut album by a Swedish rock band and was the first album that I ran across on Wiki. It came out in 2003. What? A Swedish hard rock band that came out the year that I graduated high school? I have to check out the first single:
Nuku-mai-tore was my favorite article from December 22nd. Not because of what I learned but because it led me to an interesting link. I found the article itself to be short and somewhat confusing since I don’t know much about the Maori culture. In layman’s terms, Nuku-mai-tore are what they call forest dwelling spirits. I was excited, though, because it led me to a site which has a section about Philippine mythology. Yay for learning a little bit about our cultural heritage. Took me long enough.
Limp Bizkit is a heartwarming story about a boy, his friends, and his tendency to do a**hole things for his image. Reading the names Fred Durst and Wes Borland brought me back to high school. Back to a time where I was emo before the term “emo” was coined (weren’t we all, though?). It is important to note that I did not want to go back to this time at 6:00AM, but there I was. I was also not surprised to hear that, while Limp Bizkit’s popularity in America has waned, it has skyrocketed in Russia. I was also not surprised to read that Senior Durst named the band as he did because he wanted to “repel listeners”. He had also considered naming the band, “Gimp Disco, Split D******t, B**** Piglet, and Blood Fart”. These are things that I know now.
Lou Boudreau was a baseball player who had a lot of great achievements in his career, including being added to the Hall of Fame in 1970. They called him Handsome Lou because, well-Look at that face:
Tell me you don’t want to pinch those cheeks.
While it didn’t make for an exciting read, it was nice to know that he seemed like a genuinely nice guy – which is something I don’t read about often anymore.
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At this point, I had to pause because hubby and his dad were on our roof, fixing a hole and sweeping off the moss, while talking about politics (and “a roof” is not a place where you should talk about politics).
SPOILER ALERT: Everyone’s fine.
Now, while I love this project and I love what it’s taught me, there’s no way that I can update every day, especially not right now. Maybe in the near future I can highlight one article a day, but for now I’m hoping to update once a week or so.