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Pie in the Sky Origin

We all know the moon’s made of green cheese, but what’s the deal with the pie in the sky? The idiom pie in the sky, referring to something that’s pleasant to imagine but unattainable, comes from an early 20th century song called...

Chekhov Quote

Some classic advice for writers from Anton Chekhov: “Don’t tell me the moon is shining, show me the glint of light on broken glass.” This is part of a complete episode.

Events of the Year in Limericks

Quiz Guy John Chaneski sums up the events of 2009 in the form of limericks, all with a blank to be filled. Here’s one: NASA really put on a great show / A new lunar crater did blow / To the glee of mankind / The rocket did find / That the moon...

Shivaree (minicast)

You may remember the call we had from Tony in Encinitas, California. He was curious about the term for an unusual hazing ritual.


mooncrete  n.— «After the movie, we talked about how you would build the moon base and whether you could actually create concrete using the lunar regolith. There was a specialist who designed and worked on something called mooncrete. You...

thumbnail moon

thumbnail moon  n.— «The moon, which is about 15 per cent illuminated, or more commonly called a “thumbnail moon,” is said to be a setting moon and will move rapidly through the night sky early on making its decent...

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