“Kim Carsons does he exist? His existence, like any existence, is inferential…the traces he leaves behind him…fossils…fading violet photos, old newspaper clippings shredding to yellow dust…And this book. He exists in these pages as Lord Jim, the Great Gatsby, Comus Bassington, live and breathe in a writer’s prose, in the care, love, and dedication that evoke them: the flawed, doomed, but undefeated, radiant heroes who attempted the impossible, stormed the citadels of heaven, took the last chance on the last and greatest of human dreams, the punch-drunk fighter who comes up off the floor to win by a knock-out, the horse that comes from last to win in the stretch, assassins of Hassan i Sabbah, Masters of Assassins, agents of Humwawa, Lord of Abominations, Lord of Decay, Lord of the Future, of Pan, God of Panic, of the Black Hole, where no physical laws apply, agents of a singularity.”
–William S. Burroughs, “The Place Of Dead Roads”
On this date 80 years ago, the word “dord” was flagged in the Webster’s New International Dictionary, Second Edition. It did not exist.
In 1931, the chemistry editor of Webster’s sent in for inclusion a slip of paper reading the following: “D or d, cont./density.” The intention was to add “density” to the list of words “D” could be an abbreviation of. But instead the first 4 letters were misread as “dord” in the editing process and that was how it was listed in the dictionary in 1934 (defined as, of course, “density”).
“Dord” remained undetected and unquestioned by proofreaders for the next five years; and wasn’t finally excised from all future printings of the dictionary until 1947. Merriam-Webster editor-in-chief Philip Babcock Gove remarked years later about the mistake that it was “probably too bad, for why shouldn’t dord mean ‘density’?”
How many “dords” are accepted as truth in our established academic canon because of a simple mistake in editing or translation…because of a smear on a photograph?
Links that might be of interest to you:
- A South African funeral home is suing a pastor for a “resurrection stunt” that they say they were tricked into going along with.
- The latest YouTube kids video flagged for trying to induce suicide in kids is apparently the Momo meme being spliced into Peppa Pig cartoons. But is this a real thing or just an urban legend/psy-op??? (a question for another post, perhaps)
- Nick Kroll and John Mulaney doing a live-read of My Dinner With Andre is equivalent to an immediate orgasm for me.
- How about Joe Rogan and Alex Jones doing a live-read of My Dinner With Andre?
- What is the mysterious significance of the number 42 in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse? Is it anything like 47 or 23?
- A New York hospice is documenting the dreams of the dying. CliffsNotes version: they consistently see family members who have previously passed, even deceased pets.
- Visit a French beach where more than 200 Garfield phones from the 1980s have washed up in the past year alone. Despite the threat to the ocean’s environment from the eerily well-preserved phones, locals have managed to find a silver lining to the whole thing: “Garfield is a strong driver of interest, beach cleanups are almost like a treasure hunt, and even my kids, with whom I clean up, cannot wait to find Garfield phones.”
- This Op-Ed seems to believe that what we **really need** now is a return to nightmare-inducing 1980s-era nuclear holocaust riffs in our movies & TV. Because clearly we are not stressed-out and sleepless enough.
- And will “cultured meat”—meat grown in a lab—be the cruelty-free answer that will liberate countless farm animals? Or will they just stop breeding actual cows and chickens because then what’s the point?
This blog will contain, at any given moment, bits of history, esotericism, bad movies, and my own personal experiences; all of the above being, at least to me, just aspects of **a larger whole**.
Well, the Dark Phoenix trailer just dropped and…well…
It was fine. Mystique in the beginning had like the worst rendition of makeup and hair on her I think I’ve ever seen, and James McAvoy, like fresh from the Glass set, looks SUPER BUFF in Charles Xavier’s wheelchair like he’s going to explode…and that white-haired alien chick (???)…
Yeah, it kinda killed my childhood. It destroyed my childhood. “Dark Phoenix trailer destroyed my childhood.”
DARK PHOENIX DOESN’T GET MANIPULATED BY THE WHITE-HAIRED ALIEN CHICK! SHE GETS MANIPULATED BY MASTERMIND!!!!
And even in X-Men: The Last Stand…you know, Magneto is the stand-in, basically, for Mastermind. But it was at least in the same **ballpark**.
You know…the *only* version of stories or characters have to be the ones from when I was a kid! Because I’m a FAN™.
The only right nostalgia is **1980s Nostalgia**. EIGHTIES NOSTALGIA: like GARFIELD PHONES, and NUCLEAR WAR SCARE MOVIES, and MY DINNER WITH FRICKIN’ ANDRE!!!!
Have a good Thursday, what is left of it tonight.