Monday, July 14, 2008

Internet Diseases

The folks at PC Magazine have come up with a list of 20 Tips and Tricks for using Google's awesome search engines. Some of them are pretty cool, indeed.



Chronic :o(

Blogged Arteries


Irritable Google Syndrome

Ebayla Virus

Sore Eye As Is: Brought on by viewing too many poorly-built web pages

The Common Code

Yahooping Cough

You Tuberculosis

iThritis: Joint pain caused by using too many Apple products.

[Chris White's Top Five on the Internet; with family friendly edits and additional material by Mark Raymond]


WORD for YOUR WEEK: Did you know the word "dumbbell" began with the church? The earliest meaning of the word "dumb" was "incapable of speech; mute." (You can see this use of it in the words "dumbstruck" and "dumbfounded," which is a compound word of "dumb" and "confounded.") You see, in medieval Europe, the ringing of church bells was an important task and required much practice before a beginner was allowed to ring. And because no one wanted to listen to a novice practice on real bells, a set of bells with no clapper inside - a "dumb bell" - was invented so the beginner could practice the motions silently. During a fitness fad in the 1700s, people began using smaller versions of these dumbbells for exercise. At some point shortly thereafter, someone came up with the idea to suspend a rod between two dumbbells, thus creating a "barbell" ... and instantly tripling the number of hernias in men trying to impress their women. (With thanks to Rob Kryff for the insights.)


Mark's Musings is also sent each weekday via email. Get your own subscription for free by clicking here.

No comments: