Ha Ha, Charade You Are!

Well, I’m a badass Cowboy livin’ in the Cowboy days.
Wiggy, wiggy, scratch, yo, yo, bang, bang.
Me and Artemus Clyde frog go save Salma Hayek from the big metal spider.
A wiggy wig wig wiggy wiggy wig
Fresh cowboy from the west side
Wiggy wiggy scratch yo yo bang bang
Me and Artemus Clyde frog go save Salma frog polly prissy pants
Go down to, well… rumpletumpskin

Yes, this is the second post I’ve got from a single song. One thing that really struck me when listening to “Pigs (Three of Them)” was the phrase in the title. I’d heard it before, you see, and I knew straight away from where. Continue reading

Saint Martin/Sint Maarten

I occasionally like to visit this site’s statistics to have a look at all you lovely readers come from. I’m always amazed and grateful to see people from all over the world (I’d love to know if the two visits from Greenland were two different people, or the same person visiting two different pages).

It was interesting to notice that I’ve had a few visits from both Saint Martin and Sint Maarten. Continue reading

There is or There are?

This isn’t something I’ve ever really wondered. For a native English speaker, which one to use is rarely in doubt. Sure some regional dialects might use is and are in non-standard ways, but if asked, most speakers of these dialects would know the “proper” form of the verb to be to use.

Which is why I was surprised to see the following headline on the BBC website: Continue reading

Is there Life on Mars?

We don’t know. Maybe.

Was there life on Mars?

We don’t know, but it now looks a little more likely that there was. This evening, it was revealed that the Curiosity Rover on Mars had discovered organic matter.

This is exciting, but not proof of life. Because organic matter is… is… what exactly is organic matter? Continue reading