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Spanish is a beautiful language. You don’t say “I love you” in Spanish, you say “yo quiero comer culo” which translates to “you are the light of my life” which I think is one of the most beautiful things to say to someone

So, what does “Te amo” mean, then?

Via Jane! Stop this crazy thing!


In 1972 an Italian pop star named Adriano Celentano composed a song that was an immediate hit in Italy despite the fact that the lyrics weren’t Italian. It’s an upbeat and catchy tune that has an irresistible beat and an awesome not-so-secret-secret: its lyrics aren’t written in any language at all. With the exception of the words “all right,” they’re complete and utter gibberish.

The song is called “Prisencolinensinainciusol" and Celentano wrote it to mimic the way American English sounds to non-English speakers. Actually, he didn’t even write down the lyrics. They were improvised over a looped beat. Once you know this, the catchy tune becomes absolutely fascinating. This song was Celentano’s effort to explore language barriers and encourage people to communicate more.

"Ever since I started singing, I was very influenced by American music and everything Americans did," he tells Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered, through interpreter Sim Smiley.

"So at a certain point, because I like American slang — which, for a singer, is much easier to sing than Italian — I thought that I would write a song which would only have as its theme the inability to communicate," he says. "And to do this, I had to write a song where the lyrics didn’t mean anything."

"Prisencolinensinainciusol" was recored by Adriano Celentano and his wife, performer-turned-producer Claudia Mori, but the wonderful performance seen in this video shows Celentano singing with showgirl Raffaella Carrà, who danced and lip-synched to Mori’s vocals.

Now if you really want to mess with your brain, click here to watch a version of the song that’s been subtitled to make it seem as though the gibberish is actually English.

[via Mark’s Scrapbook and NPR]

The songs for the Sony PSP game LocoRoco are in a manufactured language for the same reason.  It’s a way to make a catchy ditty without alienating foreign players, as well as not have to translate the lyrics.

Even more famously to people of a certain age, the closing theme “lyrics” to WKRP in Cincinnati are not lyrics at all. While recording the theme, the composer wanted a saxophone lead, and rather than write the music out, simply “scatted” the tune, using the right syllables to get across what he wanted.  Everybody liked the spoken word version better, and so it stayed.  None of the “Lyrics” you’ve ever seen are right, as they’re not lyrics at all.

Via Archie McPhee's Endless Geyser of AWESOME!

Who put that advert in the paper?

Let’s discuss that.

There are two basic possibilities - someone who’s helping, and someone who’s setting them up for an elaborate trap.

Whoever it is, it’s someone who’d need access to time travel.  The ad in the paper would likely have to be set up some time before The Doctor and Clara arrived - newspapers took much longer to lay out in the late 1800’s.  And don’t forget they also discussed the “Tech Support number” she got in modern times.

Considering Clara is already strewn across The Doctor’s timeline line appleseeds across early America, there’s the plausible chance that Clara is setting up the messages herself, at some point in her future.  But that would be far too similar to the Bad Wolf twist, not to mention the Cracks as well - the breadcrumbs being placed retroactively by the things they’re chasing.  So I hope against hope that’s not the case.

It would also be a disappointment if it were all a trap as well - it would somewhat invalidate their whole time together.

Considering how important Clara was (will be) to saving The Doctor’s life across his whole life, it seems unlikely their meeting would be a trap.  So it’s more likely it’d be a friend doing it.

Or friends.

We’ve already seen the Time Lords affect the universe from their timelocked prison - who’s to say it couldn’t be done again?

Of course, one oh-so-wonderful clever theory was that the “lady in the shop” was Sarah Jane Smith.  I would weep like a child if they figured a way to do that.

Via My Clara.




     “I got both of them from local shelters. When I got her in 2006, the staff told me she was a shepherd husky. I go to the dog park, I’m meeting people with shepherd husky mixes, and they look nothing like her. I get in my car, I’m driving, I look in the rearview mirror, I see these eyes and I’m like, I’ve got a wolf in my car. Then, when she was 10-months old, there was a shepherd breeder and trainer in the dog park, and at the end of the lesson, the trainer came up to me and asked, ‘What kind of dog is that?’ And I’m thinking, Shepherd husky. You should know, you are a breeder. She said, ‘That’s a wolf.’” 

Bethlehem, PA


Thats mildly hilarious

This is deeply terrifying

This is  ten minutes from me, right down from the Brew Works.

Tagged: Bathlehem PA  

The tale of the lost cat at the Legitimate Businessmen’s Social Club

I’ve written about The Wife’s dad before.  He was associated with…certain people… he was…fairly well connected.  If you take my meaning.  The wife’s family went to see Casino, and knew who everyone was based on…personally.

We went to visit him at his hangout a (I swear) social club in The Bronx.  The entry to the place was slightly customized - the door was receded about six feet, into a small (steel-lined) hallway, at the end of which was a steel door with a small peephole door, and to both sides were small square holes in the wall at about waist height, through which one might be able to stick something through from the other side, and I don’t mean like in the scene from Porky’s.

Pete and his cronies were much more of the Nathan Detroit style of legitimate businessmen, as opposed to the Sonny Corleone, if you know what I mean.  For example, their club was actually ruled by two huge cats named Mike and Ike.  Fed on a steady diet of homemade Italian food, either of them could take out Garfield without fully standing up, which they rarely did.  Well, one time, Mike somehow got out an open window, and these tough as nails goombahs took to the street with photos and flyers.  Using the enviable communication that men of their career path have access to, Mike was quickly recovered and returned to his home.  But now that he smelled like outside, his buddy Ike wouldn’t go near him for a week, leading to Mike following him around yowling, and Ike running away, treating him like he’d just let Maranzano take over all his slot machines.

Pete and I got along like (you should pardon the expression) gangbusters, and it was a shame to lose him some years back to the big casino.  

Sick-of-it-all Elmo

I think I will look at tumblr for a while…



I won’t lie to you, I have no idea who that is.

But I’m all but positive she’s not old enough for me to be looking at her in that outfit.

She’s Ariana Grande, and she’s old enough to drink.

Her name is very ironic.

And I do know her now, but only as “one of the people Weird Al parodied on the new album”.

Can we assume he got it in the nuts?




you know what i noticed?

sherlock is *less* rude to his father than he is to his mother.

when mummy displayed the slightest bit of affection for sherlock (in the form of a caress to the cheek) he immediately sought to remove himself from the interaction, as opposed to when his father displayed affection through his concern for Sherlock’s friends, sherlock simply acknowledges daddy’s sentiment without so much as a second thought.

this observation leads me to believe that sherlock may have spent more time around his father as opposed to his mother, alluding to how he ought to interact with the world given that his father seems to lack social skills as well.

just a thought

it could also lend to the fact that, when his mother was giving affection, it was to him, both times that we see her do it — the one time at 221B and the second time when she threatens to become “absolutely monstrous” towards whomever shot him. But when it’s Sherlock’s father, he’s giving concern to Sherlock’s friends, to John and to Mary, to people that he connects with and relates to. He cares about them, and so anyone who reflects that care towards them, he will accept the sentiment because he feels it too

Now I’m just imagining the Holmeses as young parents:

Mummy - genius, but not very good with kids, so she reads tons of parenting books because she really wants to do a good job (no matter how often Daddy Holmes tells her she’ll do just fine), and the books say that if a child isn’t shown affection by their mother, it gives them all sort of complexes, so she makes a deliberate effort to be affectionate to her children every day…even though she’s a bit rubbish at it, she keeps trying because she believes it’s important.

Whereas, Daddy Holmes simply notices that Sherlock doesn’t like physical affection (witness his cringe when Angelo grabs and hugs him in the restaurant), so he shows his love by verbal compliments instead. (“Well done, Sherlock.” “How extraordinary. Did you do that all by yourself?”)

What I think is even more interesting is how this plays itself out when Sherlock grows up. I reckon Sherlock is much more like his mum temperamentally, which we can see in his awkwardness when Archie and Anderson hug him: “OMG physical contact is expected of me in this situation I have to do something there I patted them that counts right?”

Whereas John, upon hearing Sherlock’s deducing skills for the very first time, responds with a verbal compliment, exactly like Daddy Holmes: “that’s extraordinary.” And Sherlock lights up like a candle.

And just in case there’s anyone on tumblr who doesn’t know…

Sherlock’s parents are played…by Benedict Cumberbatch’s parents.

Tagged: Sherlock  

I won’t lie to you, I have no idea who that is.

But I’m all but positive she’s not old enough for me to be looking at her in that outfit.


This is a real story about a man who got arrested. Think you can come up with a better headline about a 24-year-old prankster in a cemetery? Give us your best and it might be on our show!

"Apparently, there’s TWO ways to get in trouble with a sheet over your head"

"Promotional shoot for Ghostbusters 3 hits snag"

"Man arrested for practicing parasychology without license"

"One sheet in the wind"




the ceo of abercrombie and fitch has a lot of nerve saying that ugly people shouldn’t wear his clothes when he looks like an albino orc from the lord of the rings




Now is the time to reblog this.
I’ve been awaiting this picture.

I seem to recall a meme comparing him to Gary Busey the last time this came around, back when he still said all that crap.

Via i would do things that would shame the devil

“You take a broom…”

This is another version of what’s known as the “Ship of Theseus” paradox.  The idea is, if you replace all of parts of a device or object, it it still the “same” object?  Terry Pratchett once used it in The Fifth Elephant as a dwarf presents his Grandfather’s axe – he’s had to replace the handle, the axe head, most of the jewels, “But it’s still my Grandfather’s axe”.  It’s a discussion of the inherent THINGNESS of the thing. 

As the next line drives home – there’s a new guy playing the role, every atom of The Doctor’s body has been destroyed and replaced…and he’s still The Doctor.

This and more ruminations may be found at my review of Deep Breath at

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