Fun Fact Friday, Number Eighty-One!

June 22, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “names.”  Do you know . . . what the residents of Cambridge, England are called?

The residents of Cambridge, England, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, as well as graduates of Cambridge University are all called Cantabrigians.

Source: Sorry, Wrong Answer: Trivia Questions That Even Know-It-Alls Get Wrong, by Dr. Rod L. Evans.


Early Summer!

June 21, 2018

On this, the longest day of the year (in the northern hemisphere), we mark the onset of summer; which also marks the official end of spring . . . so humor me as I share the following poem . . . a day late from its title.  Please enjoy the following poem (in the public domain) by the 18th-century poet, James Thomson

Late Spring

At length the finished garden to the view
Its vistas opens and and its alleys green.
Snatched through the verdant maze, the hurried epye
Distracted wanders; now the bowery walk
Of covert close, where scarce a speck of day
Falls on the lengthened gloom, protracted sweeps;
Now meets the bending sky, the river now
Dimpling along , the breezy ruffled lake,
The forest-darkening round, the glittering spire,
The ethereal mountain, and the distant main.
But why so far excursive? when at hand,
Along these blushing borders bright with dew,
And in yon mingled wilderness of flowers,
Fair-handed Spring unbosoms every grace —
Throws out the snow-drop and the crocus first,
The daisy, primrose, violet darkly blue,
And polyanthus of unnumbered dyes;
The yellow wall-flower, stained with iron brown,
And lavish stock, that scents the garden round:
From the soft wing of vernal breezes shed,
Anemones; auriculas, enriched
With shining meal o’er all their velvet leaves;
And full ranunculus of glowing red.
Then comes the tulip-race, where beauty plays
Her idle freaks: from family diffused
To family, as flies the father-dust,
The varied colours run; and, while they break
On teh charmed eye, teh exulting florist marks
With secret pride the wonder of his hand.

I Condemn Thee!

June 20, 2018

Today’s word is not quite as common a word as some of my previous posts.  So, your need of additional synonyms to “change things up” may not be quite as critical, but here we go nonetheless.


\ vahy-too-puhrey-shuh n, -tyoo-, vi- \, adjective;

1.  verbal abuse or castigation; violent denunciation or condemnation.


Other words you may consider using (depending on your context/usage, of course):

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich. Definitions courtesy of

Just the Stats, Man!

June 19, 2018

Last month I received an informative newsletter from the Michigan State University Libraries that provided their “year-end” statistics in a number of categories (for fiscal year 2016-2017).  Obviously they are a tier-1 research institution and should be expected to have large numbers in these categories, but wow . . . impressive indeed!

 —  6.5 million visitors to the website.
—  1.65 million physical visitors to the main library.

—  646 presentations and events.
—  14,311 reference questions answered.

— 3,972,264 full-text articles retrieved using library databases.
—  1,498,893 searched of library databases.

—  7,805,066 unique titles.
—  7,267,012 total volumes.
—  2,768,9554 e-book titles.
—  1,258 electronic databases.

Interlibrary Loan Services
—  18th largest lender in the world.
—  63,939 items from MSU Libraries’ collections were sent to other libraries around the world.
—  16,164 items were borrowed from other libraries for MSU patrons.
—  5,628 items of our own delivered through  document delivery services.

Source: Insight Newsletter, Summer 2018 p. 6.  Data was compiled by Joshua Sanchez, User Experience & Assessment Librarian, from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.


June 18, 2018

Happy Monday!  And, for me, Happy “First-Day-Back-To-Work-After-a-Weeklong-Absence!”  And, while I was away on business attending a conference, rather than away for pleasure, I’m experiencing what is commonly called the vacation blues (or the holiday blues in some countries), or sometimes even referred to as post-travel depression [PTD], a much less common phrase, but actually a more accurate description of my current return.

Following a quick search of the internet, I have come to find out that this is a commonly written about phenomenon.  Who knew?  Here are some recent articles to get you started (and there are many, many more).

The good news for me, there are a few of the common suggestions that I already incorporate into my routine: start planning the next vacation, return a couple of days prior to having to return to work (and continue relaxing, but in familiar surroundings), and exercising while away

Happy Father’s Day 2018!

June 17, 2018

Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

“The greatest gift I ever had, came from God; I call him Dad!”  Unknown

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” (Jim Valvano)

“A father is someone you look up to, no matter how tall you grow.”  Unknown

“My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.”  (Clarence Budington Kelland)

Cheesecake of the Month — June 2018!

June 16, 2018

This month I discovered a really easy sounding mini-cheesecake recipe that does not require a springform pan.  You make these in your standard muffin cups (paper-lined of course) to create the perfect individual-sized servings.  Enjoy!

Lemon-White Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes

1 package (4-ounce) of Baker’s white chocolate, divided
28 square shortbread cookies (1-1/2 inch), divided
2 Tablespoons of butter, melted
1/2 cup (plus 2 Tablespoons) of sugar, divided
2 packages (8-ounce each), cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 teaspoon of lemon zest
1/4 cup of lemon juice
2 eggs

1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

2. Melt  two (2) ounces of chocolate and set aside for use later.

3. Grind sixteen (16) cookies in food processor until finely crushed and place in a medium-sized bowl.  To this bowl, add the butter and two (2) Tablespoons of sugar; mix well.  Press about 1 Tablespoon-full of this mixture onto the bottoms of your 12 paper-lined muffin cups

4.  Beat the cream cheese, vanilla, and remaining sugar in a large bowl. until blended.    Add the lemon zest, the lemon juice, and the melted chocolate and mix well.  Add the eggs (one at a time) and mix on low speed just until blended (do not overbeat).  Then simply spoon this mixture over the prepared crusts.

5.  Bake for 17-20 minutes (or until the centers are almost set) then cool completely.

6.  Melt the remaining chocolate and chop (coarsely) the remaining cookies.  Sprinkle the cookie pieces over the cheesecakes and drizzle with the melted chocolate.

Fun Fact Friday, Number Eighty!

June 15, 2018

Today’s real facts (courtesy of are all about rhymes/rhyming.  Did you know that . . .

  • no word in the English language rhymes with the word “month”? (Real Fact #69)
  • the work “purple” does not rhyme with any other word in the English language? (Real Fact #321)
  • nowhere in the Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme does it say that Humpty Dumpty is an egg?  (Real Fact #1334)


Happy Flag Day, 2018!

June 14, 2018

Here is an epic version of our “Star Spangled Banner.”  Happy Flag Day!

Amazing Adjectives, Number Thirty-Five!

June 13, 2018

Here is a word from the Neo-Latin ventricosis, or the Latin venter, meaning “belly.”  As exemplified in The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate.

“The young physician could only guess at the cause of the patient’s puzzling ventricose symptom, which was giving such discomfort.”


\ ven-tri-kohs \, adjective;

1.  swollen, especially on one side or unequally; protuberant.

2.  having a large abdomen.

Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich and