Friday, 27 November 2009

5-syllable trees

A list of 5-syllable trees, created using the online rhyming dictionary Rhymezone

Anchovy pear tree
Australian grass tree
Avocado tree
Bitter orange tree
Chinese lacquer tree
Chinese scholar tree
Common coral tree
Common spindle tree
Coniferous tree
Custard apple tree
English walnut tree
Eucalyptus tree
Golden shower tree
Orchard apple tree
Para rubber tree
Pencil cedar tree
Pistachio tree
Sour cherry tree
Spanish cedar tree
Temple orange tree
White cinnamon tree

Monday, 26 October 2009

Upside-down scholarship

A list of upside-down scholarship, found via Google Scholar

1. Upside-down ideas vindicated (BLM Hogan - 1995)

2. The baobab: Africa's upside-down tree (GE Wickens - Kew Bulletin, 1982)

3. Motor patterns for horizontal and upside down walking and vertical climbing in the locust (C Duch, HJ Pfluger - Journal of Experimental Biology, 1995)

4. Upside down: The paradox of servant leadership (S Rinehart - 1998 - NavPress Publishing Group)

5. Upside-down pendulums (DJ Acheson, T Mullin - 1993)

6. Looking at upside-down faces (RK Yin - Journal of Experimental Psychology, 1969)

7. Why swim upside down?: A comparative study of two mochokid catfishes (LJ Chapman, L Kaufman, CA Chapman - Copeia, 1994)

8. Whatever happened to the Kuznets curve? Is it really upside down? (G Glomm - Journal of Income Distribution, 1997)

9. Is computer technology taught upside down? (SP Maj, D Veal, P Charlesworth - Proceedings of the 5th annual SIGCSE/SIGCUE …, 2000)

10. Antipodean literature: A world upside down? (J Docker - 1986 - Overland)

11. Upside-down brilliance: The visual-spatial learner (LK Silverman - 2002 -

12. The parametrically excited upside-down rod: an elastic jointed pendulum model (J Galán, WB Fraser, DJ Acheson, AR Champneys - Journal of Sound and Vibration, 2005)

13. Turning the library upside down: reorganization using total quality management principles (DK Fitch, J Thomason, EC Wells - The Journal of Academic Librarianship)

14. Have We Been Thinking Upside-Down? (E Huffer, R Qalo - The Contemporary Pacific, 2004)

15. Why bats hang upside down: a biomechanical hypothesis. (DJ Howell, J Pylka - Journal of theoretical biology, 1977)

16. Can a Novice Be Viewed as an Expert Upside-Down? (IM Kinchin - School Science Review, 2001)

17. Trader Down Under: Upside down and inside out (M Bearman, K Duddy, K Raymond, A Vogel - Theory and Practice of Object Systems, 1997)

18. Don Quixote, the Hero Upside-Down (JM Sobre - Hispanic Review, 1976)

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Peculiar galaxies

A list of categories of galactic peculiarity, from 'A Catalogue of Southern Peculiar Galaxies and Associations' here
1. Galaxies with interacting companions
1a.Strong Interaction with Spiral Arms
1b.Strong Interaction with Main Body
1c.Wider Interactions
1d.Less Strong Interaction
2. Interacting doubles
2a.E + E Interaction
2b.E + S Interaction
2c.S + S Interaction
3. Interacting triples
3a.Simple Interacting Triples
3b.Interacting Triples which are Aligned
4. Interacting quartets
5. Interacting quintets
6. Ring galaxies
6a.Empty Rings and Displaced Nuclei
6b.Thin Rings and Centered Nuclei
6c.Irregular Rings and Possible Ring-Like Forms
7. Galaxies with jets
7a.Jets from E or E-Like Galaxies
7b.Jets from Spirals
7c.Jets from Various Kinds of Galaxies
7d.Jets from Companion Galaxies
8. Galaxies with apparent companions
8a.Galaxies with Single Apparent Companions
8b.Galaxies with Diametric Apparent Companions
8c.Galaxies with Apparent Companions which are DoubleGalaxies with Numerous Apparent Companions
9. M51-types
10. Galaxies with peculiar spiral arms
10a.E's with Faint Rings
10b.Circular (Ring) Spiral Arms and One-Armed Spirals
11. Three-armed spirals and multiple-armed spirals
12. Peculiar disks
13. Compact galaxies
14. Galaxies with prominent or unusual dust absorption
15. Galaxies with tails, loops of material or debris
16. Irregular or disturbed galaxies
17. Chains
18. Groups
19. Clusters
20. Dwarf galaxies
21. Stellar objects with associated nebulosity
22. Miscellaneous
23. Close pairs
24. Close triples
25. Planetary nebulae

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Insect Examples of Island Gigantism

A list of insect examples of island gigantism, "a biological phenomenon where the size of animals isolated on an island increases dramatically over generations." From the Wikipedia page here
Madagascar hissing cockroach
Saint Helena Giant Earwig
Conant's Giant Nihoa Tree Cricket
Lord Howe Island phasmid
Giant weta of New Zealand

Friday, 26 June 2009

Hollerin' Contest

Entry divisions for the 41st Annual National Hollerin' Contest 2009. From the Contest's webpage here

Conch Shell Blowin’ (open to all ages)
Junior Hollerin’
Teen Hollerin’
Ladies’ Callin’
National Hollerin’ Contest

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Penny Dreadfuls

A list of series titles of penny dreadfuls/dime novels starting with L, from Stanford's Dime Novel and Story Paper Collection here

Leisure Hour
Liberty Boys of '76
Library of Adventure and Romance
Life and Adventures of Mervyn Clitheroe
Lives of the Ford Boys
Lloyd's Boy's Adventure Series
Log Cabin Library
Log Cabin Library. Pocket Ed.
London Library

Sunday, 31 May 2009


A selection of jigs, from Nottingham Folk Music Database's permuted index for "jigs" here

Backstairs Jig
The Leaking Bagpipe
Jan Martindale's Trip to the Bathroom
Bean setting (North Skelton)
Belfast Almanac
Miss Bennet's Jig
The Bent Pin
Biddy the Bowl Wife
Bung your Eye
Little Burnt Potato
Danny MacPhail's Dilemma
Go to the Devil and Shake Yourself
Dancing the Dustman
Manor Gardens
Goat on the Hill arrangement
Grandfather's Pet
Swimming in the Gutter
Haste to the Wedding
The Weaver and his Wife 1
The Weaver and his Wife 2
The Old Horned Sheep or The Humours Of Donnybrook
Northern Hospitality Jig or Seamus Plagiarism
Hot Punch
Icy Jig
Ingalls' Jingle
Irish Washerwoman standard
Irish Washerwoman variation
Life is all Chequered
Island Spider
Rake Maker's Jig
Workshop Jig
Kilty Lads
Cherish the Ladies
Princess Margaret
My Wife's a Wanton Wee Thing
The Naughty 'Noochie
Starry Night for a Ramble
On the Trail of the Lonesome Pine
Pete's Peerie Boat
Pizza and Apple Pies
Pine Cones
Red Cigar
Red Stocking Sam
Orange Rogue
Scrabble on Sunday?
Sir Watkin's Jigg
Smash the Windows
The Family's Pride
The Self
The Spaceman
Tripping Upstairs

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Ballroom dances beginning with K

A list of ballroom dances beginning with K, from The Christchurch Ballroom Dancing Club Script Library here

Kade's Saunter (Kady's)
Kahala Quickstep
Kandy Jive
Kantaoui, Tango
Karand Jive
Kareen Quickstep
Karen Foxtrot
Karena, Waltz
Karina Cha Cha Cha
Kariokee Cha Cha Cha
Karsha Anne's Waltz
Katie Cha Cha Cha
Katrina Saunter
Katrina, Samba
Katrina, Tango
Katy Quickstep
Kaybee Saunter
Kaymar Sway
Kay's Quickstep
K.D.C. Blues
Keaki Quickstep
Kelly Quickstep
Kelmore Foxtrot
Kempston Quickstep
Kendray Quickstep
Kennies Waltz
Kensway Tango
Kentucky Blues
Kenwyn Tango
Keresley Quickstep
Kerry Lee March
Kerry Quickstep
Kestral Quickstep
Key Quickstep
Khyber Quickstep
Kia Ora Schottische
Killarney Quickstep
Killarney Vale Waltz
Killarney Waltz (Version 1)
Killarney Waltz (Version 2)
Kingfisher Saunter
Kingfisher Swing
Kingfisher Tango
Kingston Quickstep
King Tut Three Step
Kinnear Foxtrot
Kintyre, Waltz of
Ki-oti Quickstep
Kira Quickstep
Kirralee Swing
Kirsty Quickstep
Kirsty Saunter
Kirsty's Waltz
Kittle Jive
Kiwi Quickstep New Zealand
Klaxon Jive
Klaxon Swing
Knightsbridge Quickstep
Koala Quickstep, The
Kontiki Quickstep
Kookaburra Quickstep
Kopaz Waltz
Kouros Tango
Kristen's Saunter
Kumala Quickstep
Kuranda Waltz
K-Zee Quickstep

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Toys of the year

A list of winners of "Toy of the Year" 1965-2008, from the Toy Retailers Association webpage here

1965 James Bond Aston Martin die-cast car
1966 Action Man
1967 Spriograph
1968 Sindy
1969 Hot Wheels cars
1970 Sindy
1971 Katie Kopykat writing doll
1972 Plasticraft modelling kits
1973 Mastermind - board game
1974 Lego Family set
1975 Lego Basic set
1976 Peter Powell kites
1977 Playmobil Playpeople
1978 Combine Harvester (Britains)
1979 Legoland Space kits
1980 Rubik's Cube
1981 Rubik's Cube
1982 Star Wars
1983 Star Wars toys
1984 Masters of the Universe
1985 Transformers (Optimus Prime)
1986 Transformers (Optimus Prime)
1987 Sylvanian Families
1988 Sylvanian Families
1989 Sylvanian Families
1990 Teenage Mutant Turtles
1991 Nintendo Game Boy
1992 WWF Wrestlers
1993 Thunderbird's Tracey Island
1994 Power Rangers
1995 POGS
1996 Barbie
1997 Teletubbies
1998 Furby
1999 Furby Babies
2000 Teksta
2001 Bionicles
2002 Beyblades
2003 Beyblades
2004 Robosapien
2005 Tamagotchi Connexion
2006 Dr Who Cyberman Mask
2007 In the Night Garden Blanket Time Igglepiggle
2008 Ben 10 Action Figures 10” and 15”

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Carousel figures

A list of figures on the carousel (Looff carousel, classic wood, built 1895) located at Seaport Village, San Diego, California.

30 Jumping Horses
12 Standing Horses
13 Menagerie Animals
- 1 Bear
- 3 Camels
- 1 Dog
- 1 Dragon
- 3 Giraffes
- 1 Goat
- 1 Lion
- 1 Burro
- 1 Elephant
2 chariots

From the National Carousel Association Census Database here

Friday, 6 March 2009

Famous curves

A list of famous curves, from the Famous Curves Index here

Cartesian Oval
Cassinian Ovals
Cayley's Sextic
Cissoid of Diocles
Conchoid of de Sluze
Devil's Curve
Double Folium
Dürer's Shell Curves
Eight Curve
Equiangular Spiral
Fermat's Spiral
Folium of Descartes
Freeth's Nephroid
Frequency Curve
Hyperbolic Spiral
Involute of a Circle
Kampyle of Eudoxus
Kappa Curve
Lamé Curves
Lemniscate of Bernoulli
Limacon of Pascal
Lissajous Curves
Neile's Parabola
Newton's Parabolas
Pearls of de Sluze
Pear-shaped Quartic
Plateau Curves
Pursuit Curve
Quadratrix of Hippias
Rhodonea Curves
Right Strophoid
Sinusoidal Spirals
Spiral of Archimedes
Spiric Sections
Straight Line
Talbot's Curve
Trident of Newton
Trisectrix of Maclaurin
Tschirnhaus' Cubic
Watt's Curve
Witch of Agnesi

Saturday, 7 February 2009

Messier objects

Astronomical objects which resemble, but are not, comets. From French astronomer and comet-hunter Charles Messier's list of non-comet objects, first published in 1771. For more info see the Wikipedia page here

Crab Nebula
Butterfly Cluster
Ptolemy Cluster
Lagoon Nebula
Wild duck Cluster
Great Globular Cluster in Hercules
Pegasus Cluster
Eagle Nebula
Omega Nebula
Trifid Nebula
Sagittarius Cluster
Sagittarius Star Cloud
Dumbbell Nebula
Andromeda Galaxy
Triangulum Galaxy
Winnecke 4
Orion Nebula
De Mairan's Nebula
Beehive Cluster
Whirlpool Galaxy
Ring Nebula
Sunflower Galaxy
Black Eye Galaxy
Little dumbbell Nebula
Bode's Galaxy
Cigar Galaxy
Southern Pinwheel Galaxy
Radio Galaxy Virgo A
Owl Nebula
Pinwheel Galaxy
Sombrero Galaxy

Friday, 30 January 2009

Ernie and Bert songs

List of songs performed by Ernie and/or Bert. From the Muppet Wiki page here

Adding, Adding, Adding
All Dressed Up
Bert's Blanket
Best Friend Blues
Breakfast is the Best Meal of the Day
Breakfast Time
But I Like You
Climbing Nine Stairs
Dance Myself to Sleep
Dee, Dee, Dee
The Ding-Along Song
Do De Rubber Duck
Do What I Do
Do You Like Me?
Doin' The Pigeon
Don't Throw That Trash on the Ground
Everybody Wash
Feelin' Good/Feelin' Bad
Grow High Grow Low
Have You Ever Looked at a Paper Clip?
The Honker-Duckie-Dinger Jamboree
I Don't Want to Live on the Moon
I Got a Song
I Gotta Be Clean
I Like Laughing When I'm Happy Best of All
I Like To Sing
I Love My Room
I Love My Toes
I Think That It Is Wonderful
I Wish I Had a Friend to Play With Me
If I Knew You Were Coming
I'm Square
Imagine That
In My Book
It's a Circle
Keep the Park Clean for the Pigeons
La, La, La
Little Plant
Loud and Soft
My Rock
The National Association of W Lovers
Oatmeal Box
One and One Make Two
One Fine Face
Opposite Game
Pigeons and Cookies and Trash
Pigeons on Parade
Put Down the Duckie
Quiet Time Song
Rub Your Tummy
Rubber Duckie
Shake Your Head One Time
Sing After Me
Somebody Come and Play
Stick Out Your Hand and Say Hello
Take a Rest
That's What Friends Are For
Things That I Remember
Up and Down Opera
Upside Down World
Wake Up!
What's the Name of That Song?
When Bert's Not Here
When I Was Little
Would You Like to Buy an O?

Sunday, 25 January 2009

Science fair projects

A list of sample topics for science fair projects, from Newfoundland and Labrador's Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation here

* A Bell System
* History of Shells
* A Chemical Change
* Types of Fuels
* A Crystal Radio Set
* Heat can Produce Electricity
* Action of a Solenoid
* Fire Must Have Air to Burn
* A Door Chime
* How Electricity is Made
* Air Currents
* Climate
* An Electronic Map of Canada
* Electric Eye
* Weaving and Sewing Techniques
* ElectroMagnetism
* A Projector
* Fluorescent Lights
* Measuring the Ocean Depths
* Functions of a Camera
* Measuring Outer Space
* Glass and its Uses
* Model Airplanes
* How to Develop a Picture
* Molding
* How Traffic Signals Work
* Most Liquid contain either Acid or Alkali
* Inside a Cave
* Manufacturing Machinery
* Operation of a Doorbell
* Mercury
* Parts of an Electric Motor
* Minerals: Origin, Distribution
* The Arc Light
* A string Pump in action
* Our Community Planning
* A Weather Station
* Our Solar System
* A Cotton Gin
* Phases of the Moon
* A Wheat Elevator
* Printing and its value to Man
* Cross Section of a volcano
* Salt and its Uses
* Cross Section of an Oil Well
* Weather and Man
* Cross Section of the Earth
* Simple Machines
* Distillation of Water
* Sound
* Power & Food From the Sea
* Sulfur
* An ElectroMagnetic
* Fingerprinting
* Expansion and Contracting Of Liquids
* The Telegraph Key
* Man's Natural Resources
* Which Metals Conduct Heat?
* Rotation of Planets
* The Telephone
* Sending Messages by Electricity
* Train Signal
* Light
* Water finds its own level
* Snowflakes
* Water Supports Heavy Weights
* Space Travel is Coming
* An Electromagnetic Crane
* Space Problems in Gravity
* Machines and Tools
* Steam Propulsion
* Parts of a SailBoat
* Steam Turbines
* Parts of a Windmill
* The Fulcrum and the Lever
* Polar Constellations
* The Planets
* Principles of a Transformer
* Water is Compound of Hydrogen & Oxygen
* Products of Oil
* Jet Propulsion, Natural and Man-Made
* Working Principles of a Gasoline Engine
* The Quartz Family
* Working of a Telegraph
* A Reed Basket
* Workings of a Television
* Camera
* Workings of an Irrigation Pump
* Air Pressure in a Mercury Barometer
* Machines Made Work Easier
* Astronomy
* Birth of a Balloon
* The Blinker Light
* Causes of the Seasons
* Bulbs in Series and Parallel
* The Climate of your own Home
* Chemurgy
* Chlorophyll
* Canals and Locks
* Contour Mapping
* Using a Compass
* Weather Instruments -ForeCasting
* Minerals
* How Accurate are Homemade Weather Instruments?
* Water Cycle
* Rocks
* How Hard are Various Types of Rocks and Minerals?
* Mining - coal, iron ore, etc.
* Petroleum and Oil
* Erosion - What causes erosion? - How can soil erosion be prevented?
* Air Pollution - causes and cleanup
* Water Pollution
* Forces changing the Earth's Surface
* Precipitation
* Water Filtration
* The City of the Future
* A Study of a Stream
* The River
* Topographic Mapping
* Tides
* EarthQuakes and Associated measuring devices Hurricanes
* Collect and Identify minerals and rocks exposed in local area.
* Floods