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Episode 1592

You Talk Like a Sausage  

Do you refer to your dog or cat as “somebody”? As in: When you love somebody that much, you don’t mind if they slobber. In other words, is your pet a somebody or a something? Also, for centuries, there was little consistency in the...

louching

louching  n.— «Specially designed for the purpose, it’s shallow-to-flat bowl is decoratively slotted, and a cube of sugar is laid on top. Very slowly, ice cold water is dripped over the sugar cube and slowly drops into the absinthe. That...

God’s number

God’s number  n.— «But perhaps the most difficult challenge in cubing, and the one that has attracted the interest of Northeastern University researchers, is the attempt to determine the minimum number of moves it would take to solve the...

cubing

cubing  n.— «Remember Rubik’s Cube, that devious little puzzle from the 1980s? Well, to paraphrase a movie from that era: It’s back!…Cubing—as it is known—has had a revival, thanks to the growing popularity of...

speedcubing

speedcubing  n.— «Remember Rubik’s Cube, that devious little puzzle from the 1980s? Well, to paraphrase a movie from that era: It’s back!…Cubing—as it is known—has had a revival, thanks to the growing popularity of...