This month's menu: Fun, games, made-up names, and pie charts.
And this one appears to have been made especially for me:
Speaking of circular objects, "volvelle" was new to me: it's a Latin word for a type of wheel chart first used in the Middle Ages and still popular today. Eclectica gives a brief review of Reinventing the Wheel, by Jessica Helfand (a contributor to the excellent Design Observer blog), a survey of wheel and slide charts and other pre-computer-age information technology. (Via All This ChittahChattah.) Here's a nice volvelle swiped from Eclectica:
Finally, in honor of Passover, the Four Questions:
Question #1: Can you name 18 made-up drugs from books, movies, and TV? A.V. Club can, from Synthehol (Star Trek) to Mimezine (Wild Palms). The comments are a long, strange trip in themselves.
Is it just that modern people are lazy? Or some consequence of the O and I keys abutting on a QWERTY keyboard? Nope. In fact, we’re not even asking the right question.
Question #3: Nancy R. Callahan at Nancy's Baby Names asks, "Have you ever noticed that the names of many oral contraceptives sound a lot like (or really are) female names?" There's Camilla, Portia, Yasmin, and Errin, for starters. (Male contraceptives don't follow this format, unless you consider MAXX a proper name. I once attempted to name a condom Roger, but that's a tale for another day.)
Question #4: Which imaginary animals are kosher? Evil Monkey, at Ecstatic Days, asks an expert:
Mongolian Death Worm - A: “No, because you cannot eat anything that crawls on its belly.” EM: “Does that mean an injured kosher animal that is crawling along isn’t kosher any more?” A: “Yes, because you can’t eat an animal that’s been injured or is sick.” EM: “It’s a wonder you haven’t all starved to death.”