Tasty Tuesday, my little gingersnaps! I hope you're day is going swimmingly, unless of course you live in Japan, and then I hope there is no swimming necessary for you. Speaking of, I set up a link under "helping snaps" where you can donate to the Red Cross for the Japan earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief. Even $10 makes a difference. OR to make it even easier, you can text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 for the Japan disaster relief effort.
In the news, a new book has outsold "Harry Potter" and "Da Vinci Code". What is it? It's called, "What Men Think About Besides Sex" and it's filled with 200 BLANK pages. That's right. See for yourself...
This guy is a genius.
In insanely stupid (is that redundant?) news, Avril Lavigne decided to get a SAFETY PIN tattooed on her neck. Perhaps this should go under the WTF feature. You guys know I'm far from being anti-tattoo. My back is almost completely covered in them. But this is just... oh what is the word I'm trying to think of... idiotic? Yes. Idiotic.
Here's Janet Jackson from her current tour while performing in Toronto. Uh, Janet? I get that you might not want panty lines to show through your skintight space suit. But there has got to be another way to avoid THAT.
As a matter of fact, there is. It's called the "Cuchini". And here is what the website has to say about this unfortunate phenomenon...
"Hey Girls. Camel Toe might be hot... if you are a Guy!! But who wants to be the one sporting it? Some secrets are meant to be kept. As we have evolved, hair down there is a thing of the past. As the landing strip and Brazilian wax have become prominent in today's world, there is no bush for the cush. And though Camel Toe may be a hot topic... it's not to the gal sporting it!"
My favorite part is that they offer you the chance to send a cuchini to someone anonymously that you think needs one. Janet, start checking your mailbox.
And if that's not enough, they have a blog called the Cuchini Camel Toe Cops where they post pictures of women who they feel are in desperate need of the cuchini.
And now it's time for... smartphOWNED! (not to be confused with damnyouautocorrect)
This 56 year old Chilean Newspaper Vendor became obsessed with Julia Roberts after watching her in the movie "Erin Brockovich". Now he has 82 tattoos of her all over his body. I wonder if anyone has told him yet that the tattoos don't actually look like Julia Roberts.
And that's all the time I have for today. Find someone you think needs a cuchini and order one anonymously for them. And until tomorrow, here's a bit of interesting yet useless information for you...
The silent "k" in words such as knife and knight used to be pronounced.
Back in the days when Old English was spoken, the "k" in these sorts of words was not silent, so they would be pronounced as k'nife, k'night, and so on. This pronunciation was even common in the time of William Shakespeare! At some point, people decided that this sort of articulation was too cumbersome, so they stopped voicing the beginning consonant! The same thing happened with "gn" words such as gnome and gnarled. However, other Germanic languages such as German, Swedish, and Dutch kept the "k" and still pronounce it to this day.
This phenomenon occurred with other consonant clusters too. Would you believe that the word 'ring' used to be spelled 'h-r-i-n-g'? Once enunciation of the beginning consonant was ceased, the spelling was changed altogether! This also happened with words like hlud (loud), hnutu (nut), and hwenne (when). Even so, this sort of spelling alteration could not occur for words like knight and know, because then you would never be able to distinguish them from "night" and "now"!