JAY WALKING AND JAY DRIVING It has been said that people who take their lives in their hands in the big city by crossing the street anywhere dodge across in the pattern of a letter Do not believe this. The experts are sure the jay is the bird, one of the American jays, presumably the common blue jay. From around the last quarter of the nineteenth century, had been a slang term in North America for a stupid, gullible, ignorant, or provincial person, a rustic, bumpkin or simpleton. I would guess it refers to the noisy chattering of these conversational birds. was an insulting term for a foolish chattering person back in the 1500s. Some evidence recently unearthed by Douglas Wilson suggests was an adaptation of various earlier expressions, especially . Against “Jay” Driving. The city attorney prepared and submitted an ordinance which provides that teams and vehicles, including automobiles, keep on the right-hand side of the street when they travel farther than a half block and providing further that they shall not pass crossings at a speed faster than a walk. , Utah, 18 April 1906. Other newspaper examples from the same period suggest that the prime characteristic of a jay driver was that he wandered about all over the road, causing confusion among other drivers. It was explained in the of Kansas on 13 July 1911: “A jay driver is a species of the human race who, when driving either a horse or an automobile, or riding a bicycle on the streets, does not observe the rules of the road. It is the custom of the jay driver to drive on the wrong side of the street.” In the second decade of the twentieth century we begin to see references in US papers to the new term jaywalkers, usually because city councils are passing ordinances to stop pedestrians crossing the street anywhere they wanted to. The earliest I know of is this: Kansas City used to consider itself a town of jay walkers. That is another line in which New York deserves the discredit of being at the front of the procession. A typical Manhattan [person] would be run over and trampled on the sidewalk if he tried to walk on State street in Chicago as he walks on Broadway, New York. He has never heard of the prehistoric principle of keeping to the right—he ambles all over the sidewalk. , 7 May 1911. (Reprinted from the .) Numerous others turn up in newspapers in the following couple of years: in Washington DC in March 1913, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in June that year (in a report which defines a jaywalker as “an alleged human being who crosses the street at other points than the regular crossings”) and in October in Lincoln, Nebraska. http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-jay1.htm—hence .
Classic Matzo Ball Soup from Comfort in an Instant by our good friend Melissa Clark. For the sake of efficiency, Melissa lays out the game plan for an easy multicooker version of the soup that may turn out a bit cloudy yet still delicious. However, for the purists, she explains how to make the soup with a few extra steps so that it can be served with a crystal-clear broth. Home-style or classical--either way sounds like comfort to us. https://www.splendidtable.org/recipes/classic-matzo-ball-soup
Cat's eye may refer to: Cat's Eye (novel), a 1988 novel by Margaret Atwood, Catseye (novel), a 1961 science fiction novel by Andre Norton, Catseye (comics), Sharon Smith, a character from Marvel Comics, or Cat's Eye (manga), a 1983 Japanese manga about three cat burglar sisters. Find many other uses at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat%27s_eye
February 24, 2018 The age of internet has exposed writers to new levels of examination, such as the allegations that Emma Cline, author of the best-selling novel The Girls, took ideas for the book from her ex-boyfriend’s emails, and the various claims that Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar contender, The Shape of Water, is based on a 1969 play, Let Me Hear You Whisper, or has copied scenes from two French films, Amélie and Delicatessen--allegations which Del Toro, or his representatives, have denied. , by Sadia Shepard, published in the New Yorker , tells of a professional Pakistani couple working and socialising in America. In an interview published online to accompany the story, Shepard acknowledged the “great debt” her story owes to Mavis Gallant’s “The Ice Wagon Going Down the Street”, itself published in the New Yorker in 1963, which tells of a professional Canadian couple working and socialising in Switzerland. “Ice Wagon” is a story she returned to “year after year”, Shepard said. In doing so she thought “this feels so Pakistani” and was excited by the idea of applying its “universal” truth to “a completely different context”. Not different enough, according to a series of barbed Facebook posts by the novelist and critic Francine Prose. That “debt”, she wrote, “is a scene by scene, plot-turn by plot-turn, gesture by gesture, line-of-dialogue by line-of-dialogue copy--the only major difference being that the main characters here are Pakistanis in Connecticut during the Trump era instead of Canadians in post WW-II Geneva.” Prose, a devotee of Gallant’s fiction, went on to lament that her work “is now so unread” that Shepard could “claim to have written what’s essentially her story and publish it in the New Yorker”. Jeremy Gavron Read extensive article at https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/feb/24/straightjacket-originality-homage-plagiarism
Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied. https://www.ted.com/talks/barry_schwartz_on_the_paradox_of_choice?language=en TED Talk July 2005 19:33 See also Is the famous ‘paradox of choice’ a myth? at
Finland is officially the happiest country in the world for the second year in a row--and now the country wants to spread that happiness by offering people the chance to visit for free. In line with the United Nations' World Happiness report, which gave Finland the happiest country title, the country's tourism arm Visit Finland launched the "Rent a Finn" initiative. The premise: People can book their own Finn, one of eight Finnish people who will serve as "happiness guides" aiming to share their connection to nature. Those interested can learn all about the guides via short profiles and videos on the Rent a Finn website. To apply: Tell the country about yourself in a short video, and talk about your connection to nature and why you'd want to go to Finland. Fill out a form on the Rent a Finn website, with the video included. Visit Finland will reach out to the visitors they've chosen. The application is open now and people have until April 14, 2019 to finish (Finnish?) up.
Those chosen for the trip will visit the country for three days, and can go by themselves or with a friend or their family. The exact dates might vary by host. The trip is free, including both travel and host accommodation expenses. Anywhere else you travel after that in Finland won't be paid for. David Oliver https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2019/03/21/finland-happiest-country-world-wants-people-visit-free/3231881002/
The usual systematic name for water is hydrogen oxide, though it is more commonly just referred to as water. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/dihydrogen_monoxide#English March 22 is designated by the United Nations as World Water Day, which focuses on the importance of fresh water and the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti—who will turn 100 March 24, 2019—has a lot to celebrate. Once a standout poet of the Beat Generation, his bookstore has become a popular landmark and the small press of the same name is still in business after more than 60 years. His 1958 book of poetry sold more than a million copies. Ferlinghetti has always been an advocate for the underdog, in part because of his own life story—and it's a tale right out of Dickens. His father died shortly before he was he was born, and his mother was committed to a mental hospital shortly after. He was raised by an aunt, and then by foster parents. His new autobiographical novel, , begins like this: "Little Boy was quite lost. He had no idea who he was or where he had come from." Tom Vitale https://www.npr.org/2019/03/20/704903571/a-lost-little-boy-nears-100-poet-and-publisher-lawrence-ferlinghetti
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