Friday Time Killers

Rebang (go ahead make up your own definition)

mdoneil writes "Rebang is Chinese for 'Hot Ranking' and Google Rebang will be a Chinese language Zeitgest.
Why is this not hosted on Google's China-based search engine — Because doing so would mean that Rebang would fall under Chinese legal jurisdiction and since not all people who search for Chinese language terms on Google live in mainland China, Google Rebang should show a more transparent and honest view of what people are searching for in Chinese. From Go ahead and rebang, you know you want to."

Conversational Reading's Friday Column: The Literary Pop Quiz

Today's Friday Column over at Conversational Reading (One of the Blogs To Read this year) is The Literary Pop Quiz. The quiz includes Famous First Lines, Current Events, Strange Things Authors Do and Author Quotes.

Another Book Word...from Word a Day

New to me...the word PERICOPE. According to A-Word-A-Day, it means "a selection from a book." (if you're reading this story AFTER October 20, you'll need to find the right webpage here)

Do you think that's what Smiley III thought he had pocketed????

Curious about Cat Holidays? Here's a Complete List from a Ref. Librarian

A flickr friend Susan (Tiger's Lair) is a librarian at Ormond Beach (FL)Library; she's a cat lover and has several great cat groups on Flickr. Here's her comprehensive report on cat holidays through the year, starting of course with January 2-

Happy Mew Year for Cats Day. A few other cat holiday highlights are:

February is Pet Dental Health Month

April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month and
Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month

and as I believe was pointed out on these pages last spring...

April 28 is
Hairball Awareness Day

Check out the link above for the whole cat-calendar year...

Source: Primarily "Chase's Calendar of Events" and a few miscellaneous other sources. Susan adds, "Please note that some might vary slightly from year to year--I was looking at a 2006 edition of Chase's. Monday, October 16 is National Feral Cat Day, the next cat holiday to observe!"

Volunteer to Label Images for Google

birdie writes "Here's Google's image labeling site where you're invited to find an anonymous partner and help label some of the images Google has accumulated while searching the web. You're shown a drawing or photograph and asked to type in words that describe it while the clock ticks down. Kind of like a beat the clock game..."

What Day is it Today?

Another great column from Clyde Haberman in today's New York Times informing us that last Wednesday happened to be National School Backpack Awareness Day.

He continues, "Don't feel bad if you did not know. There is no shortage of these special days, many of dubious significance. Yesterday, for example, was the annual International Day of Peace, Sept. 21 having been assigned this honor by the United Nations General Assembly. You may judge for yourself how well it has worked out thus far."

Today? Well, it's Elephant Appreciation Day, Dear Diary Day, Ice Cream Cone Birthday Day and the beginning of the High Holidays (Rosh Hashanah) for Jews around the world. Happy New Year...and Happy Elephant Appreciation Day and oh yeah, TGIF. Debuts Unusual Trivia Game

Search-Engines-Web asks: What is blufr?

blufr is a new trivia-type game that hopefully gets people of all ages addicted to learning obscure facts. There's no evil agenda. Just play and keep playing. Each bluf shows the percentage of people who were fooled by it. As you continue playing, you'll notice your blufr score going up or down. When you're done playing, click "claim score" and enter up to three initials. If your score is high enough you'll show up in the "top scorers" window. We will be adding more and more blufs on a regular basis so come back often, tell all of your friends and bookmark! We promise to keep blufr free and open (right now you don't even need to register to play).

Friday Time Waster

Which population is larger...

the number of librarians worldwide -

- or -

the population of North Dakota?

The population of North Dakota or the population of Austin TX?

The population of Baltimore MD or the number of librarians worldwide?
Read on to find out...

Not Sure How to Spend Your Weekend? Try Bibliomancy

From one of my favorite sites, Anu Garg's wordsmith ( here's a word that might inspire something new and exciting this weekend....

BIBLIOMANCY (BIB-lee-o-man-see) noun

Divination by interpreting a passage picked at random from a book, especially from a religious book such as the Bible.

[From Greek biblio- (book) + -mancy (divination).]

Here's the step-by-step method:

1. Pick a book you trust a lot.

2. Put it on its spine, and let it fall open.

3. With your eyes closed, trace your finger to a passage.

4. Interpret the passage as your lifemap to the future.

You could even add more randomness to the process. To do that at the macro level, visit a library and pick a book at random from the shelves. At the micro level, instead of interpreting a passage, pick a single word and let it point you to your path.

Those "Dark and Stormy Night" Entries...

In case you didn't have a chance to thoroughly peruse the winners of the recent Bulwer-Lytton Contest , here they are in descending order:

WINNERS OF THE DARK AND STORMY NIGHT CONTEST (run by the English Dept of San Jose State University), wherein one writes only the first sentence of a bad novel.

10) As a scientist, Throckmorton knew that if he were ever to break wind in the echo chamber he would never hear the end of it.

9) Just beyond the Narrows, the river widens.

8) With a curvaceous figure that Venus would have envied, a tanned, unblemished oval face framed with lustrous thick brown hair, deep azure blue eyes fringed with long black lashes, perfect teeth that vied for competition, and a small, straight nose, Marilee had a beauty that defied description.

7) Andre, a simple peasant, had only one thing on his mind as he crept along the east wall 'Andre, creep...Andre, creep...Andre, creep...

6) Stanislaus Smedley, a man always on the cutting edge of narcissism, was about to give his body and soul to a back alley sex change surgeon to become the woman he loved.

Don't you want to know what the winning sentence was? Read on...


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