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Default: 359723
Default with Spaces: 143515

NOTES: Last week’s Science Friday podcast included an interview with scientists advocating an increase in tech-free (65) lifestyle choice. Listening to podcasts was an activity excepted in their recommendations, but they suggested that spending less time on a smartphone and more time doing nothing or being bored was actually beneficial in stimulating creativity. Word Spy recently cited tech-free tourism (75) as a trend gaining momentum and mentioned digital detox (75) as a term used to describe time away from electronic devices. This week the Sporcle website introduced a badge that could be earned by taking a number of quizzes on young-adult fiction. I got 2/8 on the “Books in the Anne of Green Gables” quiz, being unfamiliar with the later books in the series including Rilla of Ingleside (70). Rilla (45) could be an useful in a pinch for a partial in a crossword puzzle.


LISTS: I made a bit of progress on Mark Diehl’s 10-letter word list this week with additions including ghost ships (75), Parseghian (55) (a warhorse figure in crosswords based on his first name but hadn’t added his last to Default), and test flight (80). The entry gopher guts (60) reminded me of a conversation I had with some coworkers about songs we learned when we were children. The topic was inspired by an episode of “The Newsroom” featuring “Shenandoah” sung by Norwegian pop star Sissel (50). We discussed other folk songs that were often introduced in elementary school choirs or campfire circles and I confirmed that “Great Green Gobs of Greasy, Grimy Gopher Guts” was associated with Boy Scouts gatherings and better known to males than females. Do you have a favorite song that you learned at school or camp?


3 thoughts on “AUTOFILL PROJECT: gopher guts

  1. We also sang “Gopher Guts” at scout camp. And “Do your ears hang low?” To the tune of “Turkey in the Straw,” though I later learned a dirtier version with the word “balls”.
    Do your ears hang low?
    Do they wobble to and fro?
    Can you tie em in a knot?
    Can you tie em in a bow?
    Can you throw em over your shoulder like a continental soldier?
    Do your ears hang low?

  2. I still remember this one a summer camp counselor taught us; we used it in a cheer competition between the four age groups.

    Yo left, yo left, yo left, right, left
    My back is breakin’, my belt’s too tight
    My hips are shakin’ from left to right
    Yo ma, yo pa, yo greasy greasy grandma,
    Frankenstein’s got a big behind and he walks the streets all the time
    Apple jackers, soda crackers
    Air pollution, bear pollution
    Eat the back of my butt UH!
    Eat the back of my butt UH!

    We did not win.

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