Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Lying on the ground, especially in penitence or humiliation.

Once again we are in the realm of inconsequential words whose tenuous hold on existence is maintained by people who create lists of obscure words for our enjoyment and edification. Many writers and online dictionaries define it simply as “lying on the ground”, but on the few occasions on which it has been used in real life it has always had associations with religion.

That’s the result of its first, and perhaps its most significant, appearance. That was in one of a series of tracts written in the 1650s by John Bramhall, then Bishop of Derry in Ireland, opposing the views of the English materialist philosopher Thomas Hobbes. Bramhall wrote: “He is afraid, that ‘this doctrine’ of fasting, and mourning, and tears, and humicubation, and sackcloth, and ashes, ‘pertaineth to the establishment of Romish penance.’”

But in its etymology humicubation has no reference to penitence. It comes from the Latin words humi, on the ground, plus cubare, to lie down. The first bit is closely related to Latin humus, which we have taken over as the name for the organic component of soil. The second element is the source of cubicle (originally a bedchamber, a place in which one lies down), and concubine (a person with whom one euphemistically lies down).


I Can Has Cheezburger.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Play Helen Hunt Off, Keyboard Cat

Cue Hall & Oates!

Welcome to the best thing on the interwebz!

Every Week, On Entourage

Click the linky, I can't make the embed code work: College Humour.

Sorry Entourage. This parody is hilarious but I still love you.

Glenn Arthur

Monday, June 15, 2009

Weird Japan: Herbivorous Males

Actor Tsuyoshi Kusanagi loves the lippy!

And the West gets jittery about Pete Wentz's guyliner...
Columnist Maki Fukusawa coined the term 'soshuku-danshi' (herbivorous male) to describe the perceived new generation of 20 and 30-something Japanese men who "seem disinterested [sic] in careers and apathetic about the rituals of dating, sex and marriage."
"They spend almost as much on cosmetics and clothes as women, live with their mums and sit down on the toilet when they pee. Some have even been known to wear bras. "What is happening to the nation's manhood?" wonders social critic Takuro Morinaga."
"Like many all-encompassing buzzwords, "herbivore male" can be laughably imprecise. Among his other qualities, the herbivore is close to his mum, has a liking for deserts and foreign travel and leans toward platonic relationships with the opposite sex. He will happily share a night with a woman without laying a hand on her and doesn't waste his money on prostitutes."
I think they sound GREAT! Also, they sit down to pee!
"The blurring of gender boundaries has been highlighted by stories appearing to demonstrate that once proud alpha-males are being symbolically castrated in the home. Toilet-maker Matsushita Electric Works reported a survey this year suggesting that more than 40 per cent of adult men in Japan sit on the toilet when they urinate – a figure that is rising year by year."

"Nagging wives are also blamed for the rise of the Tenshi no Hizamakura, or Angel's Knee Pillow, a kneeling stool with an unfortunate resemblance to a church pew that brings men closer to the bowl when they pee. Designed to stop splashing around the bowl – women after all still do the vast bulk of household cleaning – the product's arrival prompted the following headline in one media outlet "Men brought to their knees by angry housewives"."
Yet another argument for interrace babies! I'm gonna get myself a herby hubby! Let the lipstick borrowing commence!

Lil Wayne Impersonator Wanted

Bwahahaha. An instant Craigslist classic.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Overheard in New York

And Only Godzilla Can Save Us!

College girl #1: I can't believe you don't know Allison, she's infamous!
College girl #2: Well, Jesse James is infamous but I don't know him either.
College girl #1: Jesse James is dead. Allison is the mega-slut on our floor!

--Barnard College

Overheard by: even i know her

Overheard in New York.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Pops Stache

We put a man on the moon in 1969 but it took until 2009 to invent the Pops Stache.

Food for thought people, food for thought.