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BEL GEDDES AIRLINER NUMBER 4   PART 2

NORMAN BEL GEDDES had a grand design evolving between 1929 and 1932: His Airliner Number 4 was envisioned as a flying hotel traveling non-stop between Chicago and London in 42 … Continue reading

January 17, 2021 · 1 Comment

BEL GEDDES AIRLINER NUMBER 4  PART 1

IT’S A SIGNIFICANT understatement to call Norman Bel Geddes an industrial designer: His designs were artistic, innovative, eccentric, flamboyant, occasionally bordering on the wacky, hardly just “industrial.” Here in Parts … Continue reading

January 16, 2021 · 2 Comments

HOW DO YOU SAY “HALLELUJAH” IN TURKISH?

GOOGLE TRANSLATE SUGGESTS “şükürler olsun” as a Turkish “hallelujah.” Back-translated, though, this literally means “Thank God,” which somehow misses the fervor of Adnan Oktar.  This Turkish Islamic TV evangelist was … Continue reading

January 15, 2021 · 1 Comment

HAVE YOU ENCOUNTERED SEALIONING LATELY?

GIVEN INCESSANT DEBATES of late, it’s likely that you have encountered sealioning, described by Merriam-Webster as “a harassment tactic by which a participant in a debate or online discussion pesters … Continue reading

January 14, 2021 · Leave a comment

BUCATINI CONFIDENTIAL PART 2

THIS CONTINUES RACHEL Handler’s entertaining story of missing bucatini pasta, described in “What the Hole Is Going On?,” New York Magazine’s “Grub Street,” December 28, 2020. Yesterday’s tidbits concluded with … Continue reading

January 13, 2021 · Leave a comment

BUCATINI CONFIDENTIAL PART 1

TO QUOTE RACHEL Handler, “What the Hole Is Going On? The very real, totally bizarre bucatini shortage of 2020.” The story of this extruded pasta is compelling. Rachel Handler’s investigative … Continue reading

January 12, 2021 · Leave a comment

ON DICTIONARIES

ONE OF MY more obscure secondhand bookshop acquisitions was a French-Greek dictionary. It’s not completely useless, as I know a little French, albeit much less Greek. Perusing it got me … Continue reading

January 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

PULSE OXIMETER NEWS

COVID-19 OXYGENATION ASPECTS have familiarized many people with the pulse oximeter, a little clothespin gizmo that attaches to one’s fingertip to measure pulse and blood oxygen level. An informative summary … Continue reading

January 10, 2021 · Leave a comment

SCIENTIFIC BREAKTHROUGH: REPUBLICANS EVOLVE TO HAVE SPINES IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS!

“EVOLUTION IS CHANGE in the heritable characteristics of biological populations over successive generations,” this, according to Wikipedia. In ordinary times, these changes take eons to evolve. However, as you might … Continue reading

January 9, 2021 · 5 Comments

INCREASINGLY BOHEMIAN BOHÈMES PART 2

PUCCINI’S LA BOHÈME has been a recurring opera here at SimanaitisSays. Yesterdays’s Part 1 described its 1977 TV premiere; “Create One’s Own La Bohème” was D.I.Y. Today in Part 2, … Continue reading

January 8, 2021 · Leave a comment