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29. When faced with danger, the octopus can wrap six of its legs around its head to disguise itself as a fallen coconut shell and escape by walking backwards on the other two legs, scientists discovered.
BBC: 100 things we didn't know this time last year



...agitprop and slogans,
all the trite forms of disinformation.
Good is always like starlight and sunlight,
and poetry when it means just what it says,
and yet admits the moon's ambiguities...

Mark Jarman
Poetry Daily


Maggot, Maggoty.

Whimsical, full of whims and fancies. Fancy tunes used to be called maggots, hence we have “Barker’s maggots,” “Cary’s maggots,” “Draper’s maggots,” etc. (Dancing Master, 1721.)

When the maggot bites. When the fancy takes us. Swift tells us that it was the opinion of certain virtuosi that the brain is filled with little worms or maggots, and that thought is produced by these worms biting the nerves. “If the bite is hexagonal it produces poetry; if circular, eloquence; if conical, politics, etc. (Mechanical Operation of the Spirit.)

Instead of maggots the Scotch say, “His head is full of bees;” the French, “Il a des rats dans la tĂȘte;” and in Holland, “He has a mouse’s nest in his head.” (See BEE.)

E. Cobham Brewer, Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, 1898.

Cut shot down and partly loaded

Coal Car in Pocahontas Mine
Pony Pulling Worker Into Mine
Coal Miners at Work
Teach Sloan and child
Deserted Houses of Coal Mining Families in Big Stick, West Virginia
Old Houses
Wall of Coal
Samples from the Coal Mines of America

A few people, some wires, some horses, no cars.
Street Scene, Cambria, Virginia

Being towed across Conococheague Aquaduct
Boat Locking Through Canal
Lockkeeper & Family, Lock 25

Man Exiting Cave
Man drinking coffee in cave

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