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Unemployed. Maybe retired. Not sure.

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  1. 2 days ago on Peanuts Begins
    Mud pies. The eating of dirt is called geophagy. Many animals practice it for a variety of reasons. Parrots often congregate in large numbers to nibble on chalk cliffs. It may serve nutritional purposes or may be a natural hedge against digestive problems. But the black “rich” soil that Violet prefers is the dangerous kind, at least if served uncooked.

    Kaolin clay was commercially extracted from soil for many years as a main ingredient in many anti-diarrheal medicines. At other times, attapulgite clay was used. If you took a dose of Kaopectate before it was reformulated in 2004, you were swallowing clay extracted from the soil, usually in Alabama.

    Dirt eating was practiced in some poor rural communities of the American South as recently as the 1990s. Might still be.

    The dangers are obvious, from the ingestion of parasites to consumption of dangerous chemicals either naturally occurring or the result of contamination. Usually, baking solves the parasitic problem and sterilizes the dirt of any bacteria. Care selection of particular soils from particular localities minimizes the chance of poison ingestion.

    Usually, clay-rich or chalk-rich soils are chosen, and there is some evidence that it actually supplies needed minerals that are lacking in the typical diet of poor people. Other studies have suggested anti-bacterial properties to chalky soils.

    One rural doctor always asked his patients if they ate such substances. About a third of them admitted to doing so, usually women, and often only during pregnancy and an attendant “craving”. He said that in years of practice he saw only one patient with health problems that might have resulted from eating unbaked dirt.

  2. 5 days ago on Mike Luckovich

    I think Trump may think that, if he ever thinks about love at all.

    But the difficulties of sustained love are more than he is capable of.

    John Lennon said that love means having to say you’re sorry every fifteen minutes.

  3. 5 days ago on Cul de Sac

    Right on the button.

    And rotten mutton tastes like nuttin’ [that you’d want to eat].

    I’d rather have grutten.

  4. 5 days ago on Cul de Sac

    It is a reference to the strip. I’ve posted my best understanding of the term down below.

  5. 5 days ago on Cul de Sac

    Liolalia is a nonce word made up to describe the condition of compulsively talking about the comic strip Lio. [faux Greek : λιολαλια]

    Since Lio is a Greek form of Leo / Leon, or “lion,” one could reasonably think it a real word meaning the compulsion to roar like a lion.

    The use of words that only you and a very small group of insiders can understand is idiolalia.

    So to create and use words like Liolalia is to engage in idiolalia.

  6. 5 days ago on Sheldon

    And if he did, the ambiguous pronoun reference “it” clearly does not refer to the reality sandwich.

  7. 5 days ago on Scenes from a Multiverse

    If you could choose between Cliff Huxtable being real and Bill Cosby being real, which? Context is everything. Which is also why I think everything in this strip is real as it tells us outright that the assertions made here are about incidents somewhere [out there] in the multiverse. Working from that, there is almost certainly a universe where Cliff Huxtable is a perfectly fine guy who played the morally deficient Bill Cosby on a television series.

  8. 5 days ago on Ripley's Believe It or Not

    I hate it when hours or day after an exchange I think, “What I should said is…”

    I missed the opportunity to sigh off my answer to your question with…

    Take care and may Godzilla bless.

    By the way, that nice line is almost the same as Red Skelton used to use at the end of his TV variety show. I remember when the last show aired and he looked a little misty around the eyes as he said it for the last time… at least the last time to his TV audience.

  9. 6 days ago on Ripley's Believe It or Not

    No omatter what I’d said, this would essentially be your reaction. I recognize enough stock phrases in your little essay here to know the kind of sources you use. As a serious student of research methods and bibliography, I’ve long known how to detect junk from science. And junk from religious understanding. I’ll stick with my choices over yours any day from here to eternity. I will not read any more posts from you on these matters to avoid wasting my time. And a bonus for you, you won’t have to waste any time on me. Win win.

  10. 6 days ago on Francis

    This one I need to learn about.