Paul Simon Lyrics

3/28/16 In the song All Around the World or The Myth of Fingerprints, although it is on the album Graceland, Paul Simon is singing “ever since the watermelon” not “Elvis is a watermelon.”

Today is not the first time I learned this, I originally looked it up a few years ago, but the CD make it back into rotation long enough for me to realize I had only remembered what Paul Simon isn’t saying, not what he is.

It might be easier to remember if I could make sense of the chorus:

Well, the sun gets weary
And the sun goes down
Ever since the watermelon
And the lights come up
On the black pit town

One of these days I’ll have to figure out what that means.

 

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Gender

3/16/16 If someone says that one in 1,000 babies are born with something other than standard gender characteristics, they might be right (or the number might be higher because of under-reporting and definition agreement).

I knew it happened, but thought it was extremely rare.

Sources:
http://www.isna.org/faq/frequency

http://www.who.int/genomics/gender/en/index1.html

Catholic

3/13/16 The word catholic (not Catholic) can be used to describe someone who’s taste are diverse, broad-based, liberal, eclectic, and a few more synonyms.

I expect I’ve heard catholic used this way before, but haven’t seen it in print so it didn’t stand-out. Today I looked it up after reading the obituary of Michael White, and now I know.

Michael White, a Scottish-born theater and movie producer whose catholic but often risqué taste and devil-may-care attitude helped bring to life “The Rocky Horror Show,” “Oh! Calcutta!” and “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” died on Monday. He was 80.

 

 

Autobiography vs. Memoir

3/8/16 An autobiography is the story one tells about their life, in chronological order, without hyperbole or conversations that are far too detailed to really be remembered so many years later. Generally, an autobiography is written by someone who is already well-known, with enough name recognition that people will want to read it because of who they are.

A memoir tells a story from someone’s life, with a bit of license to quote conversations or share recollections that the writer can only think they remember accurately. Generally a memoir has a bit more self-revelation, and is often written by someone who isn’t well known (of course, the memoir might change that) and it is the story, rather than the person, that leads people to read it.