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It takes a certain gravity of mind to read history. [Oct. 4th, 2010|10:03 am]
Marissa Lingen

So I have this book on the role of the Magnus brothers (Johannes and Olaus) in sixteenth-century Swedish culture and its effects in Europe. And Olaus Magnus is now running around Italy hobnobbing with the other Catholics. And I got to this bit:

"Specialists have occasionally spoken of 'the four evangelists' among the first Catholic theologians of controversy: Johannes Eck, Johannes Fabri, Johannes Cochlaeus, and Friedrich Nausea."

Now. Not only does this sound like one of us, by which I mean a fantasy writer, made them up, but: the man's name is Nausea. Friedrich Nausea. Which leads to all sorts of phrases that make me giggle, like, "just as he became Nausea's representative at the curia," and, "sent Nausea's works to the cardinals." And I sit there and think wholly mature things like, "I tell you what, there are some American Catholics who have been highly tempted to send Nausea's Works to the cardinals in the last decade or so," or, "Yah, I know who's Nausea's Representative at that party/meeting/etc."

I was trying to drink my ginger tea and make my stomach quiet down so I could go on with the chores that need doing, and here the 16th century is, handing me Nausea.

I am mentally 12.

This is like the Abelian Grape Joke, only maybe worse.

[User Picture]From: icedrake
2010-10-04 04:38 pm (UTC)
I'll add to your collection with a jaunt down to bioinformatics.

Q. What do you get when you cross a mountain climber with a mosquito?

A. You can't! One's a vector, the other one's a scaler!
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2010-10-04 05:21 pm (UTC)
Dan. Dmitri. Aughhhh.

That's the level of joke for which one wishes to know your middle name so one could use the whole thing in the aughhhh.

It's not the same as elephant grape sine theta at all.
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[User Picture]From: aedifica
2010-10-04 05:12 pm (UTC)
And would anyone really *want* Nausea evangelizing for anything they felt strongly about? (Which is to say I'm enjoying the image of who's Nausea's representative at a given party, but have no further images to add.)
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2010-10-04 05:23 pm (UTC)
I am imagining a young Gene Wilder saying, "It's pronounced Nau-ZAY-uh."
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[User Picture]From: akirlu
2010-10-04 05:33 pm (UTC)
Hell, the 16th century is handing you Cochlaeus and Nausea, the former possibly causing the latter...and making you feel Eck. Have you ever considered that you are the victim of a conspiracy FABRIcated by a 16th century Catholic evangelists?

(Right there with you on the mentally 12 thing.)
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[User Picture]From: summers_place
2010-10-04 05:42 pm (UTC)

(and *gigglesnork*)
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[User Picture]From: desperance
2010-10-04 06:24 pm (UTC)
This is like the Abelian Grape Joke, only maybe worse.

Please, Mris, what's the Abelian Grape Joke?
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2010-10-04 06:26 pm (UTC)
Q: What's purple and commutes?
A: An Abelian grape.

This is funny if you know that level of maths and have the sense of humor of a 7-year-old. Which covers quite a few people, actually.
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[User Picture]From: carbonel
2010-10-04 06:42 pm (UTC)
This is comparable to how much enjoyment I got from learning about what happens when you add two atoms of mendelevium to certain positions on a benzene ring.
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From: diatryma
2010-10-04 08:44 pm (UTC)
Pleeease do not make me spend all afternoon figuring that out.
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From: zeborahnz
2010-10-04 09:49 pm (UTC)
Oh my, it's true: not only is every 16th century woman called Anne or Anna, but every 16th century man is called Johannes. I just didn't notice properly earlier because I was so busy keeping my book free of more than a couple of Annes that I let slip in a Johann, a Jon, a Jehan, and two Hans. (Hmm, does Jens count? I'm not sure of the derivation. But I've got at least one of them too.)
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2010-10-04 10:17 pm (UTC)
I hate to be the bearer of sad news, but I believe Jens does in fact count.
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[User Picture]From: summers_place
2010-10-05 05:43 am (UTC)
*looks around for her stash of throwing peanuts*
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[User Picture]From: netmouse
2010-10-05 02:28 am (UTC)
apropos of nothing...

The other day Brian and I roasted eggplant with some lemon juice and ate it otherwise plain and it was wonderful and I was pretty sure the inspiration for that was a post of yours from a while back.

So thank you.
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