Quote of the Day – ‘Prick from the Isle of Man’

April 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

‘The Suda is alone in claiming that Sappho was married to a “very wealthy man called Cercylas, who traded from Andros” and that he was Cle├»s’ father. This tradition may have been invented by the comic poets as a witticism, as the name of the purported husband means “prick from the Isle of Man.”‘

Holt Parker, “Sappho Schoolmistress” (orig. pub. Transactions of the American Philological Association 123 (1993), pp. 309-51 via http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sappho

Quote of the Day

March 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

Reading an article about the wobbles in Saturn’s rings and found this quote that made me smile =) here Dr. Mark Showater (SETI Institute) describes the effect of comets on the rings of planets:

Rings are comet catchers,” he says. “We probably already realised that comets hit rings periodically but we never realised before that every comet puts its own signature into the rings when it comes by and that that history gets recorded into these spiral patterns”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12899961

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