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Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Tuesday November 11, 2003. Veterans Day; also Martinmas.

I've got an ending that feels right for "The Caterpillar on the Leaf."

On the American Dialect Society list, someone passed on a query about the phrase "narrows to catch metal toes."

My guess: like "Larroes Catch Meddlers" (which Manly Wade Wellman used as the title of a story that had larroes in it), it's probably a variant of "layovers catch meddlers."

A quick google on "catch meddlers" came up with other variants. I also got several conflicting explanations of what "layover" means.

It's the same process which gets Horse and Pepper (name of a card game) from Hassenpfeffer.

The [Washington Post] and [Los Angeles Times] both note that the list of products the EU is threatening to tax up—everything from Harley's [sic] to citrus—just happen to be from GOP states.

....In mapping the brain, some researchers say that areas dedicated to aspects of language, arm movements or face recognition are hard-wired modules.

Other researchers say that such areas are surprisingly flexible. For example, the human face recognition area is where expert bird watchers distinguish features of closely related species or car experts decide if a 1958 or 1959 Plymouth had bigger fins.

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