Once again Diary of an Internet Nobody has been honoured with an award!
This time it’s Lanthie at Life Cherries blog that I have to thank for the distinction of the fabulously named Epically Awesome Award of Epic Awesomeness.
As I discovered from previous nominations, there are always various questions to be answered, or random facts to be given about oneself, prior to nominating other blogs for these awards.
I’m not really one for rules, so I thought I’d just give you some random facts, and see where they lead.
1) The Portuguese for “good little bay” is Bom baim.
In the seventeenth century, this nickname for an Indian port was changed to Bombay by the invading English.
In 1995 the name was changed again to reflect it’s ancient roots.
Named for the Koli goddess Mumbadevi, coupled with AaI, “mother” in the Marathi language, the city has been Mumbai ever since.
This is the sort of thing that I’m sure SimplySud would be able to tell you, and by coincidence, he’s my first nomination. Go and check out his excellent blog, and let him show you life in Mumbai from the perspective of a “somewhat normal guy”.
2) There is an animal, of which there are over 1700 species, which lives for up to 30 years, can store food outside of it’s metabolic system for future digestion, enabling it to go without eating for up to a year, and which will glow brightly under ultraviolet light.
It can live in temperatures encountered only in the hottest deserts, and yet survive the cold down to fifty below zero.
The sort of temperature range between say, frozen beer ice cream, and teeth melting chilli. Both of which can be found at Sting of the Scorpion.
And who’d have guessed it, that’s not only the weapon of choice for the animal in question, but my 2nd nomination too.
3) There is a plant that has been around for thousands of years, comes originally from Afghanistan, was cultivated for it’s seeds and aromatic leaves, and comes in many beautiful colours.
I’m afraid that I’m seriously addicted to them, they are part of nearly every day in one way or another, and I expect they’re part of most of yours too.
What do you mean you don’t do that sort of thing?
Everyone likes carrots, surely?
Yes, carrots. They weren’t originally grown for the root, that didn’t come about for a few centuries, after they’d been cultivated to tenderise them from their woody origins.
Well, if I need my favourite root vegetable in a hurry, then nomination number 3, P.B. Scott over at Chasing Carrots blog is the man I’d call. Check him out for music, fashion, video, opinion, tech, and more.
4) The internet is a truly exceptional place for trivia enthusiasts like myself.
I mean, where else can you find a video of the extraordinary Tapir Penis?
Or discover the fabulous Frank Zappa gig, (also available on the Tinseltown Rebellion album) during which he claimed to be making a quilt from female undergarments, encouraging women to rip panties off and throw them at the stage.
Not too many people wearing a pinstripe suit at that gig.
Another web tool that has been invaluable to me as a blogger is Google images, where I pinch a lot of clip art and generic pictures from.
You could even find a sepia print with papers in it like this one;
Now, it may no longer be a surprise to the observant among you that all of these things are anagrams of my fourth nominee, Patinspire with her mix of inspiration and motivation.
Go visit her and get some positivity in your life.
5) Kangaroos cannot walk backwards.
Cane toads can be boiled to make hallucinogenic drugs.
Wombats can run at 25mph.
The Echidna is named after an ancient Greek mythological creature, a half-woman, half-snake called the Mother of all monsters.
The word Didgeridoo does not come from any aboriginal language, and is in fact an onomatopoeic word of European origin, describing the “didgeree didgeree didgeree” rhythmic sound the instrument makes.
All these facts and more could almost certainly be confirmed by my fifth and final nominee, poet, writer, blogger, photographer, draughtsman, and Australian, ladies and gentlemen, Mr Ian Cochrane.
And that’s about it.
Go and visit these five blogs, they will enhance your life, and you might just learn something.
Something useful, that is.