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Links for 2021-12-09

  • The Irish family who added to the Australian vernacular

    Great bit of Aussie/Irish etymology:

    When the first World War broke out in 1914, Furphy water carts were used to bring water to Australian troops in Australia, Europe and the Middle East.. Soldiers would gather round the Furphy to get a drink and to have a chat, telling jokes and tall stories. That gave rise to the use of the word Furphy as a rumour or a false report which continues to the present day. The two companies, Furphy Foundry and J Furphy and Sons remain after five generations in family ownership and continue to produce many products including watercarts, all of which proudly bear the name “Furphy” in prominent lettering.

    (tags: furphy ireland australia etymology words history)

  • Bros., Lecce: We Eat at The Worst Michelin Starred Restaurant, Ever

    This is hilarious: ‘Recommendation: Do not eat here. I cannot express this enough. This was single-handedly one of the worse wastes of money in my entire food and travel writing career bwah ha ha ha ha ha ha oh my god’ Top comment: ‘I’ve eaten there! It was, hands down, the WORST dining experience I’ve ever had — and I’ve eaten at a place where the food was so disgusting, I ended up vomiting on the table. It was worse than that.’

    (tags: dining food funny lecce sicily holidays michelin)

  • Discovering related sites by tracing shared ad accounts

    Nice process using . Very handy for tracing undisclosed links between astroturf political pressure groups, in particular

    (tags: web politics astroturf investigation ads google-ads advertising)

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