10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #97

Tripping the light fantastic: A portrait of Duncan T Russell by Harry Pack

Try a test taste of some edible flowers, enjoy some weird pseudo 90’s R&B, learn about why dead wood is not actually dead, see some animated characters made from acorns and much more, it’s edition #97 of Interesting Things…namaste

Big Boi’s Day Out

I love that he’s wearing a dinosaur backpack and seems rather chill…what an absolute unit! Via Absolute Units on Reddit

Gigantic cat on a shopping trip

A yummy guide to edible flowers

I have had nasturtiums and pansies in a salad and they definitely add a lot of colour and flavour. I am now tempted to seek out these other flowers and give them a taste test, I was not even aware I could eat them! Via Cool Guides on Reddit.

A yummy guide to edible flowers

Many Minds Podcast: Magic and the Bird Mind

A fascinating podcast about animal and human psychology and behaviour, this episode interviewing Dr Nicola Clayton, Professor of Comparative Cognition in the Psychology department at the University of Cambridge. Her research into corvids shows evidence of sophisticated cognitive abilities like memory, planning, mental time travel, and even understanding of other minds. Via Diverse Intelligences Summer Institute.

“To be a good magician, you have to be a good psychologist. If you want to pull off a really good magic trick, you need to know your audience—what they are likely to attend to or gloss over, what shortcuts they take, what predictions they tend to make. Which all raises a question: Could you get to know a new audience, a very different audience, by seeing which tricks they fall for and which they don’t? Could we use magic as a scientific tool, in other words, as a window into minds that may be quite unlike our own?”

Via Diverse Intelligences Summer Institute.

Words in English that originate from Japan

We have been thoroughly enriched and Japanified by the casual insertion of these common words from Japanese into the English language. I must be a total Japanophile because I know most of these words…



アニメ listen , hand-drawn and computer animation originating from or associated with Japan.
(from ぼけ boke), subjective aesthetic quality of out-of-focus areas of an image projected by a camera lens.
盆栽 listen , “tray gardening”; the art of tending miniature trees. Originated from Chinese 盆栽 penzai
[1] 文楽, a form of traditional Japanese puppet theatre, performed by puppeteers, chanters, and shamisen players.
俳句 listen , a very short poem consisting of three lines of 5, 7, and 5 morae (not syllables as commonly thought) each; see also tanka below.
生花, flower arrangement.
[2] 伊万里, Japanese porcelain wares (made in the town of Arita and exported from the port of Imari, particularly around the 17th century).
[3] 歌舞伎, a traditional form of Japanese theatre; also any form of elaborate theatre, especially metaphorically.[4]
怪獣, Japanese genre of horror and science fiction films featuring giant monsters.
[5] 掛け物, a vertical Japanese scroll, of ink-and-brush painting or calligraphy, that hangs in a recess on a wall inside a room.
[6] 柿右衛門, Japanese porcelain wares featuring enamel decoration (made in Arita, using the style developed in the 17th century by 酒井田 柿右衛門 Sakaida Kakiemon).
カラオケ listen , (English IPA : [kæriːoʊkiː]) “empty orchestra”; entertainment where an amateur singer accompanies recorded music.
切り紙, similar to origami, but involves cutting in addition to folding.
[7] 琴, a traditional stringed musical instrument from Japan, resembling a zither with 13 strings.
[8] 巻物, a horizontal Japanese hand scroll, of ink-and-brush painting or calligraphy
まんが or 漫画 listen , (English IPA : [mæŋgɜː]) Japanese comics; refers to comics in general in Japanese
[9] 根付, a toggle used to tie the sash of a kimono also to attach small items such as inro and kinchaku: sometimes beautifully carved.
[10], a major form of classical Japanese music drama
折り紙, artistic paper folding. (British English IPA : [ɒrɪgɑːmiː])
オタク or おたく or ヲタク, a geeky enthusiast, especially of anime and manga.
川柳, a form of short poetry similar to haiku.
[11] 三味線, a three-stringed musical instrument, played with a plectrum.
墨絵, a general term for painting with a brush and black ink.
短歌, “short poetry”; an older form of Japanese poetry than haiku, of the form 5-7-5-7-7 morae (not syllables; see also haiku above).
単行本, “independent/standalone book”; term for a book that is complete in itself and is not part of a series or corpus. In modern Japan, though, it is most often used in reference to individual volumes of a single manga, as opposed to magazines.
浮世絵, a type of woodblock print art or painting. (English IPA : [uːkiːoʊ.iː])
和歌, “Japanese poetry”; a word used primarily to describe tanka (see above) written between the 9th and 19th centuries.
侘び寂び, a world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection.


[12] 改善, literally “change for the better.” In practice, a Japanese business philosophy of continuous improvement of working practices, personal efficiency, etc. Initially made famous by the 1986 book of same name.
[13] 看板, literally a “signal” or “sign” signals a cycle of replenishment for production and materials and maintains an orderly and efficient flow of materials throughout the entire manufacturing process.
過労死, “death by overwork, stress death”
系列, a set of companies with interlocking business relationships and shareholdings.
“mistake-proofing” or “inadvertent error prevention”.
大君 (“taikun“), “great prince” or “high commander”, later applied to wealthy business leaders.
財閥, a “money clique” or conglomerate


[14] 下駄, a pair of Japanese raised wooden clogs worn with traditional Japanese garments, such as the kimono
[15] 印籠 inrō, a case for holding small objects, often worn hanging from the obi; (traditional Japanese clothes didn’t have pockets)
着物, a traditional full-length robe-like garment still worn by women, men and children. (English IPA : [kɪmoʊnoʊ])
[16] 帯, a wide belt that is tied in the back to secure a kimono
浴衣, a casual or simplified summer style of kimono
[17] 草履 zōri, sandals made from rice straw or lacquered wood, worn with a kimono for formal occasions


adzuki,[18] azuki bean
[19] あずき or 小豆 listen , type of bean grown in eastern Asia and the Himalayas, used in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese cuisines, usually served sweet
荒布, a type of edible seaweed
弁当 bentō, a single-portion takeout meal, box lunch
大根, a kind of white radish
だし or 出汁, a simple soup stock considered fundamental to Japanese cooking
枝豆, soybeans boiled whole in the green pod and served with salt
enokitake, enoki mushroom
えのきたけ or 榎茸, long, thin white mushrooms, used in Japanese, Korean and Chinese cuisines
河豚 or フグ, the meat of the toxic pufferfish, must be prepared by specially trained chefs by law. Also means pufferfish itself.
銀杏 or ぎんなん ginnan, a gymnospermous tree (Ginkgo biloba) of eastern China that is widely grown as an ornamental or shade tree and has fan-shaped leaves and yellow fruit (the word is derived from 17th Century Japanese 銀杏 ginkyō)
ギョーザ or 餃子 gyōza, Japanese name for Chinese dumplings, jiaozi (jiǎozi); may also be called pot stickers in English if they are fried
火鉢, a small, portable charcoal grill; used in North America to refer to a teppan or a small shichirin-like aluminium or cast iron grill
ひじき or 鹿尾菜, a type of edible seaweed commonly found on rocky coastlines
カツ, Japanese term for cutlets in general; in English, typically refers to the dish chicken katsu, a type of breaded chicken cutlet served with rice and sauce.[20] (English IPA : [kæt.suː])
鰹, a skipjack tuna
かつおぶし or 鰹節, dried and smoked skipjack tuna (katsuo), which is shaved and then used in dashi
麴 or 麹 kōji, a fungus that is the active agent in the fermentation processes, of producing miso and soy sauce from soybeans, and of producing sake and shōchū from rice.
昆布, dried kelp, which can be eaten or used as dashi
松茸, a type of edible mushroom, with a magnificently spicy aroma similar to cinnamon, considered to be a great delicacy and the most coveted mushroom in Japan
味醂, an essential condiment of the Japanese cuisine, a kind of rice wine similar to sake with a slightly sweet taste
味噌, a thick paste made by fermenting soybeans with salt
水菜, an edible plant, with flavor akin to the mustard plant
餅, sticky rice cake
napa cabbage
菜っ葉, Chinese cabbage, (in Japan, it is a generic term for leaf vegetables.)
nashi (pear)
梨, a species of pear native to eastern Asia, which are juicy, round and shaped like apples. Often simply referred to as “asian pear(s)”.
納豆, traditional Japanese food made from fermented soybeans
海苔, food products created from the seaweed laver by a shredding and rack-drying process that resembles papermaking.
パン粉, Japanese white bread flakes. Panko is made from bread without crusts, thus it has a crisper, airier texture than most types of breading found in Western cuisine.
ラーメン rāmen, the Japanese version of Chinese noodle soup, not limited to the instant variety. (British English IPA : [rɑːmen])
listen ,nihon-shu(日本酒), an alcoholic beverage, brewed from rice. In Japanese, the word commonly refers to alcoholic drinks in general
刺身, a Japanese delicacy primarily consisting of the freshest raw seafoods thinly sliced and served with only a dipping sauce and wasabi.
(from 薩摩 Satsuma, an ancient province of Japan), a type of mandarin orange (mikan) native to Japan
shabu shabu
しゃぶしゃぶ, a meal where each person cooks their own food in their own cooking pot from an assortment of raw ingredients
shiitake mushroom
しいたけ or 椎茸 listen , an edible mushroom typically cultivated on the shii tree
醬油 or 醤油shōyu, Japanese soy sauce
蕎麦 or ソバ, thin brown buckwheat noodles
from shoyu 醤油
すき焼き or スキヤキ, a dish in the nabemono-style (one-pot), consisting of thinly sliced beef, tofu, konnyaku noodles, negi, Chinese cabbage (bok choy), and enoki mushrooms among others
すり身 or 擂り身, processed meat made from cheaper white-fleshed fish, to imitate the look of a more expensive meat such as crab legs
鮨 or 鮓 or 寿司, a dish consisting of vinegared rice combined with other ingredients such as raw fish, raw or cooked shellfish, or vegetables
たこ焼, たこ焼き, or 章魚焼き, literally fried or baked octopus
溜まり or たまり, liquid obtained by pressing soybeans
てんぷら or 天麩羅, classic Japanese deep fried batter-dipped seafood and vegetables. The word may be from Portuguese tempêro/seasoning.[21]
鉄板焼き, a type of Japanese cuisine that uses a hot iron griddle (teppan) to cook food
照り焼き or テリヤキ, a cooking technique where fish or meat is being broiled/grilled in a sweet soy sauce marinade; in Japanese, it is used exclusively refer to poultry cooked in this manner.
豆腐 tōfu listen bean curd. Although the word is originally Chinese, it entered English via Japanese.
ウド or 独活, an edible plant found on the slopes of wooded embankments, also known as the Japanese Spikenard
うどん or 饂飩, a type of thick wheat-based noodle
旨味 or うま味, the taste sensation produced by some condiments such as monosodium glutamate; a basic flavor in sea weed (昆布 kombu)
梅干, pickled ume
ワカメ or 若布, a type of edible kelp, often used in miso soup (Japan), and salads
わさび or 山葵, a strongly flavoured green condiment also known as Japanese horseradish
焼き鳥 or 焼鳥, a type of chicken kebab.

Government and politicsEdit

[22] 大名 daimyō, “great names”; the most powerful Japanese feudal rulers from the 12th century to the 19th century
[23] 元老 genrō, retired elder Japanese statesmen, who served as informal advisors to the emperor, during the Meiji and Taisho eras
[24] 帝, a dated term for “emperor”; specifically for the Emperor of Japan
[25] 将軍 shōgun listen , the title of the practical ruler of Japan for most of the time from 1192 to the Meiji Era
[26] 天皇, a term for the Emperor of Japan

Martial artsEdit

[27] 合気道 aikidō
道場 dōjō
[28] 柔道 jūdō, refers to the Olympic sport.
[29] 柔術 jūjutsu, alternately spelt, through mutation, as jiu-jitsu in English.
[30] 空手 a fighting style which includes the use of hands and feet to strike the opponent, without any weapon, and is also a popular international sports event. Literally means “empty handed”.
[31] 剣道 kendō
[32] 相撲 sumō


[33] (from 凡僧 bonsō), a Buddhist monk
[34] 公案 kōan, a paradoxical story or statement used during meditation in Zen Buddhism. Inspired the hacker koan tradition among computing circles.
[35] 悟り, enlightenment in Zen Buddhism
[36] 神道 shintō, the native religion of Japan
[37] 鳥居, traditional Japanese gates commonly found at the gateway to Shinto shrines
禅, from Chinese 禪 (Mandarin Chán), originally from ध्यान Sanskrit Dhyāna / Pali झान Jhāna, a branch of Mahāyāna Buddhism.


アヘ顔, a facial expression in pornographic animation and manga usually depicted when someone is having an orgasm
秋田 (from 秋田犬, akitainu or akitaken), the Akita Inu, a large breed of Japanese dog
(馬鹿, ばか in hiragana, or バカ in katakana) means “fool”, “silly”, “stupid”, or “foolish” and is the most frequently used pejorative term in the Japanese language.[citation needed]
ぶっかけ, a sex act portrayed in pornographic films, in which several men ejaculate on a woman, or another man. Note that in Japanese it has a broader meaning of “to pour” or “to splash”.
domoic acid
(from ドウモイ doumoi in the Tokunoshima dialect of Japanese: a type of red algae)
絵文字, ideograms used in electronic messages and webpages.
(from 布団, a flat mattress with a fabric exterior stuffed with cotton, wool, or synthetic batting that makes up a Japanese bed.)
外人, lit. outsider/alien is a Japanese word for foreigners and non-Japanese. The word is typically used to refer to foreigners of non-Asian ethnicities.
芸者, traditional Japanese artist-entertainers
変態 listen , Western usage: pornographic Anime, usually either Japanese in origin or drawn in a Japanese style; Japanese usage: metamorphosis, transformation, abnormality, or perversion
ひきこもり or 引き籠もり, a psychological condition where the affected individual lives an extremely socially isolated lifestyle, a decision of preference not by default, (compare NEET)
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[38] 班長 hanchō, head, chief
[39] 神風, the literal meaning is “divine wind”; used to refer to a Japanese soldier in World War II who crashed an airplane into a target, committing suicide; also refers to the airplane used in the suicide crash
(from かたな literally sword) A Japanese sword that has been forged using traditional Japanese methods. This is referred to as 日本刀 (nihontō) in Japanese.
katsura (tree)
桂, large deciduous trees, native to eastern Asia
可愛い, cute and/or lovely. (English IPA ː [kəwaɪ])
鯉, Western usage: ornamental varieties of the common carp (but in Japan this just means “carp” – the ornamental variety are called “nishikigoi” 錦鯉)
(from 葛 or クズ kuzu) A climbing vine found as an invasive species in the south-eastern US, which is native to Japan and south-eastern China
もぐさ or 艾 mogusa, mugwort or cotton wool or other combustible material, burned on skin during moxibustion
(from moxa + (com)bustion), an oriental medicine therapy which involves the burning of moxa (see above)
Japanese covert agent of the feudal era
(from 人力車 jinrikisha/ninryokusha), a human-pulled wagon
左様なら or さようなら sayōnara the Japanese term for “goodbye”
侍 or 士, Japanese knight
先生, the Japanese term for “master”, “teacher” or “doctor”. It can be used to refer to any authority figure, such as a schoolteacher, professor, priest, or politician.
先輩, the Japanese term for “upperclassman” or “senior”.
指圧, a form of massage
shiba inu
柴犬, the smallest of the six original and distinct Japanese breeds of dog
しんろ, a logic puzzle related to sudoku
[40] A small amount, from 少し or すこし sukoshi, meaning “a bit” or “a few”
数独 sūdoku listen , a number placement puzzle, also known as Number Place in the United States.
狸, the Japanese name for the animal, Nyctereutes procyonoides, known as a Japanese raccoon dog in English
津波, literally “harbor wave”; Large wave caused by earthquakes or other underwater disturbances. (English IPA ː [(t)suːnɑːmiː])
連れ去り, abducting or kidnapping a child by the parent while defying the rights of the other parent.
(from 漆 or うるし urushi, a plant that gives a skin rash on contact) a chemical substance found in poison-ivy, used to make lacquer-ware


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Partiboi69’s Get Stingy

Meme-worthy and hilarious techno producer Partiboi69 is back with this cool video that sounds like it’s straight from the 90’s and smooth like Will Smith’s Men in Black soundtrack. I love the storytelling in his video clips and so it’s little wonder many of his videos have over 1 million views. Also…he is single-handedly bringing dad fashion brand New Balance back into fashion.

There is also possibly the greatest line ever written in a rap song:

“I’ve got a small dick but I keep it clean” hahahaha

Just because a tree is dead, doesn’t mean it’s done

Just because a tree is dead, doesn't mean it's done

Becorns and Birds

A photographer and artist creates characterful and cute acorn beings called ‘Becorns’ and waits patiently for them to interact with local birds in order to capture the perfect shot. An exercise in patience and mindfulness.

Tripping the light fantastic: A portrait of Duncan T Russell by Harry Pack

Originally tweeted by 👽 𝐀𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐬 & 𝐏𝐬𝐲𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐝𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐬 🍄 (@APsychedelics) on January 4, 2023.

The Way Out is In: Healing Our Inner Child

A helpful and healing podcast from the Plum Village Buddhist Monastery in Dordogne, France. This incredible monastery was founded by two Vietnamese mystics and monks, Thích Nhất Hạnh and Chân Không. I would love to visit there.

The hero in every story is just trying to do their best

‘Every human life is a story. Every story has heroes. Most heroes are unsung. But they have one thing in common. The hero of every story is just trying to do their best.’

~ a tangled mind
📷 Tseng Kwong Chi

Originally tweeted by Somewhere Life (@Somewhere_Life_) on January 6, 2023.

Who’s a fan of fancy fans?

In the 1800s, the theatre was a place to see and be seen. And you’d definitely be seen if you whipped this out of your reticule 🤩

An ornate yellow fan made out of horn with a spyglass concealed in the centre. The piece is definitely more decorative than practical.

Image: Horn cockade brise fan with spyglass in central pivot. C.1810. Reproduced with permission of The College of Optometrists. Image, Wellcome Collection.

This ornate fan opens to reveal a concealed spyglass in the centre.

The main purpose of the lens is for distant viewing, across a room, at a dance, or in the theatre perhaps. It’s far less likely that this fan was used in any sense to keep you cool. This is on display at the Wellcome Museum’s exhibition Plain Sight, which explores the history of seeing, being seen and other historical aspects of sight 👓

Originally tweeted by Wellcome Collection (@ExploreWellcome) on December 19, 2022.

Hyakume: A yokai covered with 100 blinking eyes

In #JapaneseFolklore there is a #yokai called hyakume which means one hundred eyes. It is a human-sized fleshy blob completely covered in blinking yellow eyes. Although very shy, they lurk around in shadows and guard abandoned homes and temples…
#MythologyMonday #ayokaiaday

…from intruders. Hyakume are able to detach an eye and send it to stick on anyone suspicious while they are in the area. It gives the phrase ‘keeping an eye on things’ a whole new meaning. Web version here: https://www.curiousordinary.com/2022/10/hyakume.html?spref=tw
🎨1. Shigeru Mizuki
2. Matthew Meyer

Originally tweeted by curious ordinary (@curiousordinary) on October 24, 2022.

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