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Reader Comments (46)

Spinal cord? Rib cage? Belly button? Vermiform appendix? Cells?

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMalimar

What would the hippos eat in Hungry Hungry Hippos with real hippos? Would they choke? And how would you count the totals? Oh, wait...eewwwww...

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHippoFanMan

2nd Pannel for the win!!

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMe

As an Arkansan...that last panel just killed me. Fun fact: Arkansas is the only state with an official pronunciation.

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDelaine

Also, serious points for originality. I don't think I've ever heard an Arkansas-state-name joke that wasn't about the pronunciation.

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDelaine

Eye lash, arm pit, taste bud, male genitalia when resembling a skeletal component :)

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteranon

If I recall correctly, it's illegal in at least some parts of Arkansas to pronounce it "arr-kan-zis."

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdzamie

Let's not forget the earbones: hammer, anvil, stirrup.

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoss Presser

Re: "Arkansas was founded by bad spellers who wanted their own Kansas"

Closer to the truth than you might suspect. I had a professor once from Rolla, Missouri... a town settled by people from Raleigh, North Carolina, who couldn't spell.

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFrax

Bones of the ear: hammer, anvil, stirrup.

And the eardrum for that matter.

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlatsot

To the avalanche of other Body Parts Named for their Shape, I would like to submit the following list:
Shoulder Blades, Arches (of the feet), Cuboid bone, Rhomboid muscles and the Sphenoid bone.

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChuck

is "taint" a shape??

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMister Tee

For the record, the "game" in "The Most Dangerous Game" refers to the game animal, not the diverting amusement. Assuming, that is, that cartoon!scott isn't simply repeating semisensical things to annoy his coworker.

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

Sometimes I see the comments and think, "Sheesh, leave the poor guy alone. He's just trying to make people laugh and it's hard to be 100% correct in doing so."

Today, however, the onomatopoeia of shapely body structures is a fantastic addendum. Also, @Mister Tee, it is now.

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeardo

Mister Tee: is "taint" a shape??

No, t'ain't.

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSeanF

Speaking of body parts, I've been reading Scott's book and he left out an important point. If Martin's mom actually did end up giving all her friends clay models of geoduck clams, did any of them report her as a sex offender? Real geoducks are pretty... suggestive... and I can only imagine what a sculpted one would look like.

On a related note, Linnaeus originally named all the parts of the clam based on their appearance-- so they were all named after details of the female human genitalia. Oddly, later scientists felt the need to revise this. Fun fact.

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKate

hair lip...

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJames Y.

Why would anyone want their own Kansas?

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterORione

@Mister Tee
>> is "taint" a shape??

'tain't

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterstephen

Elbow.

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew Miller

What about the eL-Bow?

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterZack

Also the thyroid.

Here's what I was thinking all through about the first half of your book:

If you have one space-time panic button, CHANGE IT IMMEDIATELY AFTER YOU USE IT, otherwise the next time you use it you're going to teleport into your own body and become a very messy paradox.

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterResuna

Don't forget the Islets of Langerhans!

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEric

I just finish the novel, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was surprised how different your authorial voice is from your BI voice, though both are wonderful. I'd say please write more, but I see you've already set up a sequel.

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKay Gilbert

ORione - "Why would anyone want their own Kansas?" wins the funniest comment so far trophy.

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFrnak M

Rolla, Missouri... a town settled by people from Raleigh, North Carolina, who couldn't spell.

Nome, Alaska, originally shown on maps as "Name?"

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterrea

Not sure if the 'T-bone' is in the human body... but I bet there are loads of science-y terms for things like the "elliptical blood gland" (I just made that up, but you get the idea).

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatrik

Arkansas has actually made it a law that you can't mispronounce it, apparently.

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterqwerty

Kidneys are kidney shaped.

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbryan

Mister Tee,
"Taint" is a stain or pollution. The Daily Show has been using that word to refer to the little dewlap of skin... I think it's actually called the "frenulum", which might or might not be descriptive in Latin.

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDee

Personally, I'm rather fond of the band Kansas. I wouldn't mind having my own, but they'd have to sleep in the basement.

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersnowdog

And rounding out the list, the Deltoid muscle.

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMikey

Hippocampus, but I can't decide whether to offer it as anatomy called by what it looks like, or as another very dangerous game. Hippopotamus looks cute and amiable but it's mean and deadly, as herbivores go. Do not camp near hippos. I... can I stress this enough? I think I can and have. Okay, see you Friday.

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

Hippocampus,
That's where Hippos go tyo school to learn how to play Hungry Hungry Hippo, isn't it?

May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVictor

Not to mention the Pot Belly.

May 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjsc

According to findthedata.org:

Arkansas: French interpretation of a Sioux word "acansa," meaning "downstream place."

Kansas: From the Sioux Indian for "south wind people."

May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMoon

Pandas... The most dangerous game. You should see when they skin it! Seriously, you'll puke your guts out.

May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterXander Crews

@james y:

I think you mean "hare lip", which doesn't name a shape directly, but compares the shape of a person's lip to the shape of the upper lip that certain rabbit-like creatures have.

May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoel

Sorry, couldn't help:

The most dangerous game.

May 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Oregon desperately needs an Official Pronunciation. Once you get east of Idaho everyone pronounces it "aura-gahn" instead of "ore-again."

May 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRaketemensch

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