Thursday, November 15, 2007

Sumerians didn't have nylon socks

I thought to write about my highly exciting life today.

Dear Blog,
Today I woke up when it was dark. I took lots of photocopies. I tried to choose right kind of paper for a book. I bought a new pair of gloves. I was back at home when it was dark. When the kids went to their beds I watched how the dog ate some tasty rabbit feces.


Well, probably not.
Even the news suddenly sounded too weird to be published in a serious and deeply thoughtful blog like this.
"Illegal alcohol underwater pipeline from Russia to Estonia shut down."
"Santas in Australia have been discouraged from saying "ho, ho, ho" because some feel it could scare children and offend women."*
"Used condoms are being recycled into hair bands in southern China."
"A naked man died after pulling a condom filled with laughing gas over his head."
"Man dies after getting stuck in girlfriend’s cat door."
"A house cat in southern England has a nightly routine of disappearing and awaiting a ride home at the same place 2 miles away every morning."

If I could understand some more Latin than vulpes vulpes, I could probably read the daily news in Latin, as many Finns do. Some of us even sing Elvis in Latin.
Apparently he can sing Blue Suede Shoes in Sumerian as well. "... it was difficult to find Sumerian equivalents for certain modern concepts and words. For example, the Sumerians of course didn't have nylon socks, so I had to improvise and made it "cotton boots," šuhub gu."

Was that deeply thoughtful enough?
Ok.
Then it's time to watch Indian Thriller.




* Of course everybody knows that real Santa doesn't say "ho,ho,ho". Santa says: "Onkos täällä kilttejä lapsia?"

16 comments:

Bowleserised said...

I've been watching this video very closely, and I think I can say without a doubt that those trousers are made of cling film.

Dave said...

A very stimulating post.

BiB said...

I tried to listen to the Latin news but it was too distracting hearing Latin with such lovely Suomi accents and then I was disappointed that it wasn't all happening in a far more beautiful language.

BiB said...

...so I've switched to YLE and my ears are now being gently lulled with lots of ks and breathiness. Longing to tell you. I did a Finnish translation not long ago. Pulled my hair out, of course. But I THINK I can help your non-Finnish-speaking readers for once, though I'm sure 99% of your readers have a good working knowledge of the language. But just in case... I think that Santa is asking, "Are there good children here?" (Of course at first I thought it meant, "Do I have children under my kilt?")

Occasional Poster of Comments said...

>>A house cat in southern England has a nightly routine of disappearing and awaiting a ride home at the same place 2 miles away every morning<<

Yes, I read about that. The owner seemed to think the cat couldn't work out how to get home. Seems to me, it's worked out how to get home just fine.

Occasional Poster of Comments said...

Bib, my first guess was "Have your kittens lapsed?" I figured that might not have been right, though.

Sopwith-Camel said...

THe cat who hitches a ride is in our local paper too, because it's about 20 miles away. It just goes to show how bad public transport is these days.

Bowleserised said...

sopwith-camel – so true. In London pigeons can take the tube, but what about rural cats?

BiB said...

I once witnessed a pigeon on the tube. Got on at Queens Park and got off at Kilburn Park. One stop. Lazy bastard.

Sopwith-Camel said...

Bowleserised and Bib: talking of pigeons, I've had this link on my sidebar for a while.

http://pigeonblog.wordpress.com/

Taiga the Fox said...

Blimey, I have missed your brilliant comments SO TERRIBLY much :)

Oh, and BiB you're 100% right. Which kind of translation was that, by the way?

BiB said...

Oh good. I'm patting myself on the back.

Well, for reasons of confidentialitaisuus, I can't say too much about it but let's say it was about a young Finnish gent who drinks rather a lot and has just become world champion in a rather high-profile sport. On wheels.

Sopwith-Camel said...

Bib, I cheered for him too. And the other finnish gent in the same sport is going to be world champion another year

BiB said...

S-C, (sorry, Taiga. I need to get boyish for a moment. Though there are, of course, women who like sports on wheels that Finns excel at too, and perhaps you are one of them) wasn't the final race of the season fantastically exciting? With all those permutations possible right up until the final lap of the race... Normally, I tend to find that sport not majorly exciting, but this year I was gripped, and I was thrilled for the new champ. (Will the other Finn really be WC one day? I haven't cottoned onto him properly yet.)

Sopwith-Camel said...

It was the best race of all season for me, BiB. I was more impressed by HK this year than I was by Kimi. Possibly because Kimi has been known to be good for a while. But each of them had troubled early races, and each of them had their manger or team principal publicly comment on their poor form, and each of them fought back, but HK was doing it in a worse car.

Sorry Taiga, we can get back to talking about Bollywood Jackos again if you like. But, as he was in Ferarri Red, perhaps we weren't too far off track. I'd like to hear what the Khumars at 42 have to say about that video.

Taiga the Fox said...

By all means, it is the new national sport of Finland, as you know. I haven't renamed my blog as The Flying Finnish Ferrari F1 Fox, but you can still change your boyish thoughts here as much as you want.