Monthly Archives: October 2013

Talkin’ Music: When da Truth is more Gangsta than Fiction

Whenever someone tells me that they dislike rap music, I always make a point to not argue with them. (I mean: why bother, right? Would the world be a better place if more people listened to Chief Keef or Waka … Continue reading

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John Brown Day

Yesterday was the anniversary of John Brown’s failed insurrection at Harpers Ferry. As I’ve mentioned before, John Brown was such a humorless bastard that there’s really no way to inject even an ounce of humor into this holiday. But to … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Herr Professor!

Here’s something that most people don’t know about Friedrich Nietzsche: he had a great sense of humor. This sense of humor is easily overlooked because it’s not so much Judd Apatow, as it is “Now on Sprockets we dance!” Yesterday … Continue reading

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The History of Humboldt (Part V): Spatchcocking

The danger associated with being a Weird Word Nerd is that the words you use routinely get mistaken for “George W. Bushisms” or worse. For example, whenever I slip “spatchcocking” into a conversation, the word usually gets mistaken for having … Continue reading

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Weird Word of the Week

Doin’ the Cockroach: (v) displaying frenzied energy while engaged in an activity that accomplishes nothing. Example sentence:  “The government shutdown? That’s just a bunch of rich, whiny people Doin’ the Cockroach!” This phrase comes from Modest Mouse’s classic 1997 album The … Continue reading

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