Monday, October 27, 2014

Monday Miscellany: Some Odds, Ends and Personals

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Email from Arthur, commenting on the story of the dead grandmother’s phone responding to text messages:

“As much as I like texting I hope they don’t put my mobile in the coffin when they bury me.”

Arthur, then how about a coffin that looks like a phone:

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Email from David:

I must take issue with your statement that "Australia is the only country that is also a continent." Most geographers recognize the continent of Oceania which includes Australia, New Zealand, Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia:

And, whist not a racehorse name, I must mention that in my sailing days a rather reserved young lady used to sail a dinghy called Shy Tot.


A week earlier I posted a trivia item that continent names started and ended with the same letter, but that that depended on which classification of continents you adopted:

We now add Oceania to that.

As someone who was taught that a continent is a landmass, I still have trouble getting my head around a concept that a continent includes a whole lot of "nesias".  But then again, we were also taught that Pluto was a planet, that date was BC or AD and that getting brown in the sun was good for you.  As George Burns once also said, I remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty.

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An email from Graham in respect of the post on racehorse names:

Hi Mr O,

Saw this and thought of you !


Mr G 

Is 'Piston Broke' too rude for the racetrack? The racehorse names approved and banned by authorities

Graham’s link lists some of the names banned and some that were approved.

Hoof Hearted
Youfor Kenstar
Woftam (For those unaware, this is an acronym for “Waste of Fucking Time and Money”).
Wear the Fox Hat
Sofa King
Torque’s Hit
Piston Broke
Far Canal
Far King
Bluey Tsarsoff
Anzac Parade
Fair King
Dilligaff (Acronym for Does it look like I give a flying fuck?”)
Pistol Knight
Debbie Does Gallop
Linda Love Race
Irish Wrist Watch (Banned because it is a tongue twister that would have driven the announcers nuts).

Wind in the Pillows
Web of Love
Pushycat (From Top Echelon, out of Purr and Pounce)
The Eire We Breed (From Eire, out of Sandy Princess)
Polka Dot Bikini
Fraady Mercury
Lonesome Tonight (From Elvstroem, out of Dateless)
In the Mattress (From Secret savings, out of Al Mamzar)
Ima Nigh Source
Best I Can Get
Hughes My Daddy (From Henny Hughes, out of We’ll See)
Bank on Henry ( From Henry The Navigator, out of Shannon Bank)

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