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Monday, March 24, 2003



Monday, March 24, 2003

Still looking for more information on the Evil Eye in Romania I came across the Owl Pages. Fascinating owl beliefs: in Inner Mongolia owls enter the house by night to gather human fingernails and in Ethiopia, a man condemned to death was taken to a table on which an owl was painted, and then expected to take his own life. I'll have to check this, but this site also claims that Transylvanian farmers used to scare away owls by walking around their fields naked.



Monday, March 24, 2003

Found more books in English about Romania. Transylvanian Desserts by Nicoleta Popviciu particularly attracted me. This site also has short English biographies of a few of the more well-known Romanian celebrities and a Romanian to English online dictionary that couldn't translate cat and dog from Romanian into English.



Monday, March 24, 2003

"Equality of the sexes should work both ways," says Jim Hamer of New Jersey who wears, or rather wore, a skirt to school.



Monday, March 24, 2003

Indian man memorizes entire Oxford Advanced Learner's English dictionary, including page numbers.



Monday, March 24, 2003

Extreme Ironing. Pictures of people ironing in odd places. Still time to enter the competition (deadline is April 31, 2003).



Monday, March 24, 2003

This zoo is what I'm going to visit on my next trip home.



Monday, March 24, 2003

I didn't know this made it outside the country. Some guy from Alba Iulia (didn't meet him) pays his wife to stop bugging him.



Monday, March 24, 2003

Romanian witches tried to stop the war in Iraq.



Monday, March 24, 2003

Romanian evil eye news stories from a couple years back at dogsinthenews.com and Ananova.



Monday, March 24, 2003



Monday, March 24, 2003

Went with Beth and little Aedan to a local pediatrician yesterday. Japanese babies don't cry as much but neither do they laugh as much. They just sit there. Beth and I came to the conclusion that while it is good for mommy's nerves, maybe these babies were dull boors.

More on the myth of Asian babies not crying so much.



Monday, March 24, 2003

Beth's hobby is typing up simple webpage addresses and seeing if they exist. There is no www.god.com but we did find where www.squirrel.com leads us.



Monday, March 24, 2003

New in military technology: pills that help soldiers stay awake for 40 hours.


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