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  • Sarah Benor and her husband Mark (and big sisters Aliza and Dalia) are thrilled to announce the arrival of Ariella Tamar Bunin Benor, born Wednesday, January 23 at 10:15pm. She weighed in at 6 lbs. 2 oz. and measured 18.5". Sarah and baby are home and doing well. The name Ariella ('Lioness of God') is in memory of Sarah's paternal grandfather, Yehuda Leib Benor (Leon in English) (1897-1984), who moved to Palestine from Cairo at age 17, went to university in London, and spent the rest of his adult life in Jerusalem. He was an activist, an intellectual, fluent in seven languages, and co-founder of several Israeli institutions (including the Scouts, the Union for Progressive Judaism, and Har El, Israel's first progressive congregation). He wrote several articles about Hebrew philology and contemporary Jewish practice, as well as a 700-page book on progressive Judaism. [No pressure, Ariella... -The Sesquipeditor]

  • Ariella, her sisters, and Sarah, who begat them...


    Look Who's Talking

  • Mary Rose (Ohio State University) is giving a talk about variation and farming at Kenyon College next week. The title: The Language of Farming: Language Variety and Social Change in a Dairying Community.
  • Joan Bresnan is a keynote speaker at the upcoming 30th Annual Convention of the German Society of Linguistics (DGfS) in Bamburg
  • Arto Anttila is an invited speaker at this year's GLOW conference, to be held in March at Newcastle University. We notice that Arto has stopped giving the `TBA' talk that he perfected in his UC Santa Cruz lecture last year and has now moved on to the apparently unrelated topic of `TBC'. In spite of the `TBA' debacle, the Sesquipeditor defies anyone to offer a language where this is a meaningful expression... Gillian Ramchand (University of Tromsø/CASTL) is also speaking at GLOW on On Taking Verbs Lightly.

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    Fact, not Fiction!

  • If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee. (Hardly seems worth it.)
  • If you farted consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb. (Now that's more like it!)
  • The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet. (O.M.G.!)
  • A pig's orgasm lasts 30 minutes. (In my next life, I want to be a pig.)
  • A cockroach will live nine days without its head before it starves to death. (Creepy; I'm still not over the pig.)
  • Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour (Don't try this at home, ... maybe at work)
  • The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the male's head off. (Honey, I'm home. What the...?!)
  • The flea can jump 350 times its body length. It's like a human jumping the length of a football field. (30 minutes..lucky pig! Can you imagine?)
  • The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds. (What could be so tasty on the bottom of a pond?)
  • Some lions mate over 50 times a day. (I still want to be a pig in my next life...quality over quantity.)
  • Butterflies taste with their feet. (Something I always wanted to know.)
  • The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue. (Hmmmmmm......)
  • Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people. (If you're ambidextrous, do you split the difference?)
  • Elephants are the only animals that cannot jump. (Okay, so that would be a good thing)
  • A cat's urine glows under a black light. (I wonder who was paid to figure that out?)
  • An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain. (I know some people like that.)
  • Starfish have no brains (I know some people like that, too.)
  • Polar bears are left-handed. (If they switch, they'll live a lot longer)
  • Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure. (What about that pig??)

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    Linguistic Levity

  • In Anagrammis Veritas

    PRESBYTERIAN: Best in Prayer, Bent...Pray...Rise,

    Beer party? Sin!, Priest nearby

    DORMITORY: dirty room

    ASTRONOMER: moon starer

    DESPERATION: a rope ends it

    THE EYES: they see

    GEORGE BUSH: he bugs Gore

    THE MORSE CODE: here come dots

    SLOT MACHINES: cash lost in me

    ANIMOSITY: is no amity

    ELECTION RESULTS: lies - let's recount

    SNOOZE ALARMS: alas! no more zs

    A DECIMAL POINT: I'm a dot in place

    THE EARTHQUAKES: that queer shake

    ELEVEN PLUS TWO: twelve plus one

    MOTHER-IN-LAW: woman Hitler

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    8 February 2008
    Vol. 4, Issue 15

    Sesquipedalian Staff

    Editor in Chief:
    Ivan A. Sag

    Beth Levin, Arnold Smith, Penny Eckert

    Humor Consultants:
    Susan D. Fischer, Tom Wasow

    Assistant Editor:
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