Lost in a Lost World (Page 8)
ghostgeek: Railroad or railway, trunk or boot, it seems the English language has a propensity to be confusing. It always leaves me scratching my head that Americans have somehow got into a muddled over what they cover their nether regions with. To me, pants are something you put on first and only then do you cram yourself into your trousers.
Zanjan: Three thousand miles of ocean -> the way to the New World, eh. Most of our forefathers left their accents back in the old world. The Newfies, well they didn't go far enough west.
"Railway" is for trains. "Railroad" is how you stab your employees in the back. A "trunk" is an enclosed compartment. A "boot" is a hidden spare seat at the back of a two-seater convertible sports car.....or a locking device put on a car's wheel so it can't move anywhere.....or footwear.......or starting up your computer etc. It's the context, man.
Language is always changing - it's supposed to reflect current technology, lifestyle and fashion trends. This is why words fall away like autumn leaves with each generation. Our exploration into politically correct language was a futile attempt to knock respect into people. Doesn't matter what you say these days, somebody will take offense. I say, let them.
Underwear is only for those who feel insecure or very cold.
(Edited by Zanjan)
ghostgeek: What gets me about the English Language is all the wonky spellings we're supposed to know. For example, why use three As in Canaan when two would do quite nicely?
Zanjan: Ooh, that's for sure!
I could rant on and on about spellings, and that rotten lying rule of 'i' before 'e'. I'm especially incensed by random silent letters.
ghostgeek: Some days it seems that every other word I write has its spelling buggered to buggery. Enough to make me drop a dictionary on my foot.
ghostgeek: Took me years to figure out what a preposition is supposed to be, yet I was using them all the time. Language is a natural thing that people absorb when young but grammarians have turned it into a minefield of non-intuitive terminology.
ghostgeek: Anyway, to show how rational people can be, here's something from the Black Vault:
As published by the Daily Mail on June 22, 2017:
Mutton dressed as man: Superstitious villagers living in fear after sheep gives birth to ‘half-human half-beast’ creature that was ‘sent by the devil’
By Jamie Pyatt In Cape Town For Mailonline
Superstitious villagers have been living in fear since a sheep gave birth to this creature that was said by elders to be half-human half-beast and ‘sent by the devil’.
Many of the 4,000 residents and farmers of Lady Frere in Eastern Province, South Africa, were convinced that bestiality and witchcraft had led to the birth of the creature.
The panic got so great that the Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development sent out experts to carry out tests after pictures of it spread like wildfire through the community.
Chief Director of Veterinary Services Dr Lubabalo Mrwebi admitted that at first glance the lamb which was born dead did resemble a human being but was not part human.
Dr Mrwebi said: ‘We can confirm this not a hoax photo but that the severely deformed lamb was born by a sheep in Lady Frere this week which at a glance resembles a human form.
‘It is not however human but a deformed stillborn lamb sired by a sheep and was subsequently infected by a Rift Valley Fever at an early stage of its pregnancy. ...
A villager was quoted as saying: ‘The elders when they saw it said it was sent by the devil and was born after a coupling between a man and a sheep and then there was panic.
[ https://www.theblackvault.com/casefiles/sheep-gives-birth-to-half-human-half-beast-that-was-sent-by-the-devil/ ]
ghostgeek: Anyway, don't waste your money buying Christmas presents this year. Seems the world might end before you get around to handing them over:
Many conspiracy theorists and doomsday preachers were convinced the world would come to an end on June 21, 2020. The bizarre claims were based on supposed predictions made by the Maya calendar, which according to some, ran out of time last week. But as the world failed to disintegrate over the weekend, some have now been forced to revise their doomsday predictions. ...
"December 21, 2020, during the great conjunction when Jupiter and Saturn come within 0.1 degrees of one another and create the brightest star in the skies since the star of Bethlehem.
"It will be the closest Jupiter and Saturn have been since 1623 and it won't even come that closes again for another 500 years.
"So this is so rare and it's going to be on the winter solstice.
"It's going to be on December 21, 2020. The Mayans now reorganising and saying this could certainly be the end of the world as we know it."
[ https://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/1301094/End-of-the-world-Mayan-calendar-mistake-Bible-apocalypse-2020 ]
ghostgeek: It happens all the time. Somebody makes a prediction, it doesn't happen and then it's "discovered" that a slight miscalculation had been made. The gullible never learn.
ghostgeek: Some days, don't you just want to crawl into a hole and say, "SOD IT!"
A new strain of flu that has the potential to become pandemic has been identified in China by scientists.
It emerged recently and is carried by pigs, but can infect humans, they say.
The researchers are concerned that it could mutate further so that it can spread easily from person to person, and trigger a global outbreak.
They say it has "all the hallmarks" of being highly adapted to infect humans - and needs close monitoring.
As it's new, people could have little or no immunity to the virus.
[ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-53218704 ]
Why can't everybody just eat beansprouts?
ghostgeek: Nor anything else's, it would seem:
An investigation has revealed that the coronavirus trail goes back seven years after men working down a bat and rat-infested mine in China died from a strain and it was sent to Wuhan for testing.
Scientists in China discovered a strain of virus close to Covid-19 seven years ago but allegedly kept quiet about it after the outbreak.
An investigation by the Sunday Times has revealed the closest "strain" to coronavirus found so far was discovered in an abandoned mine in 2013 and taken to a virology lab in Wuhan.
It was found in a bat and rat-infested copper mine in south west China.
The strain saw six men come down with a fever, coughs and pneumonia in 2012 after working in the mine, with two of them sadly dying from the disease.
Four of the men were tested and they came up positive for coronavirus antibodies, with the other two unable to be tested having died from the disease.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has put pressure on China to investigate claims the virus might have leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan.
It comes after President Donald Trump said he had a "high level of confidence" that the virus came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology after seeing evidence back in April.
The institute is the largest infectious disease lab in the world, and was allegedly carrying out high risk experiment in their attempt to discover what could cause a pandemic.
They were allegedly increasing the infectiousness of coronaviruses as part of their process for finding answers.
The Sunday Times says hundreds of coronavirus samples were collected from around remote parts of China and brought back to the city for testing.
Yet the Wuhan Institute says these experiments were shelved because they weren't a close enough match to Sars.
Nikolai Petrovsky of Flinders University in Adelaide told The Times: "If you really thought you had a novel virus that had caused an outbreak that killed humans then there is nothing you wouldn’t do — given that was their whole reason for being [there] — to get to the bottom of that, even if that meant exhausting the sample and then going back to get more."
[ https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/china-found-coronavirus-strain-seven-22304139 ]
ghostgeek: Does anybody fancy a trip to a Chinese mine as a novel holiday destination? If you're in luck, you could come away with more than you bargained for.
ghostgeek: All things considered, perhaps it would be best to go to Spain for your hols. They've only got two local lockdowns at the moment.
Fractured fairy tale: There locked down 9 tower blocks for a week . Cos of the pandumic
Mabye Its a practice run . Don't bye cheap hamburger meat in a week at the shops
Zanjan: Every now and then we hear of a lab that's testing something new they found hidden in the earth.
The permafrost is melting. Somebody found plant seeds in the soil that are more than 35,000 years old. Of course, they had take them to a lab to find out what sort of plants they were. After all this time frozen, the seeds were viable so they grew them. They still can't identify the plants.
Waiting with baited breath to hear of monstrous results, then its invasive escape into the wild.