(Posted by Evan)
"Thank you so much for the blog. I shall lose no time in reading it" -Benjamin Disraeli
I think Bryson misunderstand's how things like "Get fucked" and "Go fuck yourself" are actually insults and not invitations for a pleasurable experience. In the first case, I'm pretty sure it's a contracted form of "Get fucked by somebody or something you don't want to get fucked by." It's also possible that its "Get into a situation that you would describe with 'I'm fucked.'" I agree with the general sentiment though. You have to admit that if someone says to you, "I will fuck you", it's pretty ambiguous about their feelings towards you and their specific intentions.
British cross-word puzzles are apparently beastly. Clues can be word games in themselves, anagrams, for example. Where you at Sean? Can you hang with the Brits?
Pallandrome - A word or sentence that is spelled the same backwards and forwards. "Satan, oscillate my metallic sonatas." Bryson says it does not pass the plausibility test but I see no problem with that. Though to be fair, back in 1990, The Mars Volta hadn't been invented yet.
Anagram - Scramble the letters of words to make new words. "circumstantial evidence = can ruin a selected victim." That's pretty good.
Rebus - a riddle in which words are arranged that gives a clue to an intended meaning.
Holorime - Two statements that sound the same but use different words. As Bryson mentions, a really good way to do this is to listen to music and just go with your gut on what the lyrics are. I've done this a lot, but I can't remember any because now I just remember the real lyrics I guess. But Steph has one where she thought (still thinks) that a popular Shania Twain hit involves the lyrics:
Oh, oh, oh, really go wild-yeah, doin' it in style
Oh, oh, oh, get in the action-feel the attraction
Cum on my head-do what I dare
Oh, oh, oh, I wanna be free-yeah, to feel the way I feel
Clerihews - A limerick that starts with someone's name and summarizes their life in a few lines.
The part about William Spooner and Spoonerisms was pretty funny. Here's a list of some more. But it really reminded me of Yogi Berra. Yogi was a catcher for the New York Yankees and then later was a coach for the Yankees and Mets. But he's famous for saying things that don't make sense but are actually kind of brilliant if you think about them.
"When you come to the fork in the road, take it."
We'll finish off with the master - with Italian subtitles no less.