24 September 2009

Greek Synchronicity

The inimitable Niobe finds all manner of electronic ephemera, most recently the website of the Oracle of Delphi. One of my teeth has been bugging me, so I thought I'd address the problem to the Oracle.

You have asked:
What's the matter with my tooth?

I respond:
Find glory in a storied industry
Whose wrought chronologies be not to scale.

My dentist, whose office is adorned with a cringe inducing foot-powered drill and and antique dental cabinet of many small drawers, will be amused to hear that his is a "storied industry".

Later in the day, I was poking around my child's elementary school's website. The site has links to some other educational sites, including the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives. Putting aside the weird jargon of "manipulatives", I was struck by the notion that children in the K-2 age group might be expected to know what the Sieve of Eratosthenes is. Do you know? I'd never heard of it, but, as ever, Wikipedia elucidated me: it's an algorithm for finding prime numbers.

So, dear readers, where have you found Greek today?

8 comments:

susan said...

I think the only Greek I've seen today was in the letters on various frat houses I biked past today on my way to campus.

ree said...

No Greek, but there is an empty Haagen-Dazs carton on the table next to me. ;-)

Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo said...

I had me some Hungarian...

*snigger*

Me, You, or Ellie said...

I was looking up "z" words in the dictionary, and found zoysia,, any hardy perennial grass native to Eastern Asia.

Close enough.

Ellie

Furrow said...

In my journal boss's sentence structures. She apparently doesn't believe in commas or periods. Good thing I'm asst. ed. Wait, that's a slam on the Greeks.

phd in yogurtry said...

I'll be making a goat cheese spread in a couple of hours. Does that count?

Woman in a Window said...

AHA! Just ate Greek chips. And they were yummy. Kinda stinky but so good.

Mom101 said...

I've got a really profane joke coming to mind but uh, I'll hold it.

How about...I'm craving Retsina?