|This model circle illustrates Goodwin's claim that π = 4/1.25 = 3.2, and that √ = 10⁄7 ≈ 1.429.|
"Bubbly Creek" is an arm of the Chicago River, and forms the southern boundary of the Union Stock Yards; all the drainage of the square mile of packing-houses empties into it, so that it is really a great open sewer a hundred or two feet wide. One long arm of it is blind, and the filth stays there forever and a day. The grease and chemicals that are poured into it undergo all sorts of strange transformations, which are the cause of its name; it is constantly in motion, as if huge fish were feeding in it, or great leviathans disporting themselves in its depths. Bubbles of carbonic gas will rise to the surface and burst, and make rings two or three feet wide. Here and there the grease and filth have caked solid, and the creek looks like a bed of lava; chickens walk about on it, feeding, and many times an unwary stranger has started to stroll across, and vanished temporarily. The packers used to leave the creek that way, till every now and then the surface would catch on fire and burn furiously, and the fire department would have to come and put it out. Once, however, an ingenious stranger came and started to gather this filth in scows, to make lard out of; then the packers took the cue, and got out an injunction to stop him, and afterwards gathered it themselves. The banks of "Bubbly Creek" are plastered thick with hairs, and this also the packers gather and clean.The contamination of blood and entrails remains today, and wildlife is limited there. The creek also remains stagnant and low in oxygenation, and generally is used only a dumping ground for excess wastewater during heavy rains.
The reason I find category:pejorative terms for people interesting is not as much its content as its comprehensiveness. There are 241 entries, but subtracting a couple of lists and a handful of redirects still nets you a lot of rude names.
- Lesbian until graduation disparages students who experiment with homo- and bisexuality without any real intents to practice it (though that seems to be a gender double standard, I ask you who would condemn equally a man who accused a woman of being a "cock tease" and a woman who accused a woman of being a "clit tease").
- U word is a soft redirect to the Wiktionary entry on "uppity", but I never knew it was such a scandalous word that it needed a PC code.
- Ars is a Hebrew word denoting lower-class, but in Arabic, it has a variety of meanings, including a pimp, cuckold, bastard child, bad guy, or valorous man.
- Girlie men is not an emasculation, but a joke by Arnold Schwarzenegger to his political opponents, referencing a Saturday Night Live skit that parodies him.
- Hoosier is a demonym and term of endearment for people from Indiana (the "Hoosier State"), but an insult synonymous with "white trash" in Missouri.
EDIT: OK, I promise that I didn't see today's xkcd panel until after I posted today. Quite an amazing coincidence.