OK, I saw *one* of these, but if you see any others, report to DS at once, okay? Escort service hotlink. Ew.
I want to remind folks: Don't assume DS knows. The more reports they get on any given problem, the sooner they can locate its source (or the troll!) and WHACK it! (Troll online: Someone who posts just to cause disuprtions. I use the term to include spammers, which are salespeople of questionable nature and even more questionable goods as a rule, which is weird, b/c SPAM the canned meat product is pretty reliable. Slang. DOn't ask, just smile and nod.)
REPORT spammers and such inappropriate-to-site content links ASAP. You can find the feature under "help" or even next to the little triangles of threads/posts (ignore/report options). If you thinks omething's even "hinky"? You can report it and they'll take a peek. Nine times out of ten, it's a spammer. Sometimes it's just a weird way of phrasing something.
Public Service Announcement over. It's been about 3 months since I handed out this one, so I guess we're due?
Meanwhile, what is a troll?
Well, to troll means to treat badly online.
To *trawl* is to go fishing, but it i spronounced the same by most English speakers. I don't, but then, my mom's family doesn't. A trawler is a fishing vessel, thus I saw "trawl" as I would prnoounce "drawl".
Troll is said to rhyme with roll. Very different, and may involve Three Billy Goats Gruff.
A troll in mythology usually lives in a cave and is nasty and ugly in appearance. Why under a bridge? Cave-like. Anyway, what's really weird is that, depending where you are, the troll may be smaller than a human, or larger. Take your pick.
"Three Billy Goats Gruff" came to us from Norway, wherein three goats --- sometimes unrelated, sometimes grandfather-father-son, and sometimes brothers --- need to cross a bridge under which lives a troll. The smallest goat of the group goes first, and tells the troll to eat the next goat, who is bigger. THe second goat repeats the trick. The third goat, who is always the largest, fights the troll and head-butts him off the bridge and into the river. The goats can then all safely cross to good pastures and live (eat) happily ever after. And, of course, get chubbier. What happens to the troll is, naturally, irrelevant beyond "fell in the river". Presuambly drowned, froze (hey, it's Norway!) or was swept out to sea. In any case, happy goats, unhappy troll.
I never read that story as a kid. Huh. Live and learn.
Anyway, there are films with trolls (including the eponymous Trolls), troll dolls (which are weird and creepy IMHO), trolls in Tolkein's Middle-Earth if you read the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and so on. BTW, trolls turning to stone in sunlight is found in some of the original Norwegian stories, and Tolkein used that in his novels. It explains odd rock formations: "That was a troll caught by sunlight." (I can only imagine what Stonehenge would be... A troll ring-around-the-rosy?)
OK, off to my Monday. I overdid yesterday and am 3 days behind on my German lessons, so I gotta get moving. Also, weather went from 70* to 40* so yowie, the human barometer aches.
HAPPY COMMONWEALTH DAY TO CANADA! This marks the Commonwealth of Nations, AKA former/current UK holdings, AKA "the British Commonwealth", and similar terms. Interesting to note, this is NOT a public holiday nor much marked in Canada, but IS a public holiday in Gibraltar and Australia. Not een in the UK itself. It was known in the past as "Empire Day" in many places, and its whole purpose was to remind these nations that they owe their butts to the UK in culture, language, blah blah blah.
You'll note the US is not now nor ever has been a "Commonwealth" nation. Why? The Revolutionary War. The US got out of the "Empire" before it was so big it had its own day and so forth. (Empire Day was formed in the later 1800s.)
OK, reallllly gotta go do my Monday. Blessings to all!
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