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Vol. #48 - October 02, 2020

This year just....WHEW. Deep breath people. You really could not write this stuff if you tried. From tragedy, to polemic, to farce, to Greek drama it just keeps changing lanes. Make no mistake: it's all awful, but sometimes, just sometimes, it's compelling in the way of a car crash that slows up traffic for 5 miles is compelling.
The return of taking pictures of potential on-camera outfits and sending them to strangers so that you can be judged and told "OK, we'll need to get you a jacket". I missed it so. Also, this was the first time I wore a blazer since spring. The hair and beard are not fashion choices, I've just been to nervous to get it cut for 6 months and as the world collapses I see the point in shaving less and less each day.
I returned to work as an extra (background actor) this week. It was my first gig in six and a half months, working as a Park Avenue pedestrian on Netflix show. Before the pandemic this would have been just another gig (interesting to be on set and watch all of the various principles & departments do their thing, but largely unremarkable and most definitely not glamorous), but now? Well things done changed. A few thoughts:
  • Call time was 4:36a which, is not the earliest call time I've ever had (I'm looking at you Pose season 2 with that 4am ridiculousness for no reason) but which is still extremely early. I figured this was due to all of the delays brought on by the additional (& necessary) COVID measures - and that was for sure a huge part of it. The shoot was Tuesday and all background had been required to get a COVID test the Saturday before, take a 90 minute online COVID safety course, sign a HIPPA release saying we'd be cool with contact tracing, download a check-in app to plug info into any day that we'd be working, get temp-checked on arrival, and wear a mask at all times when the cameras weren't rolling. But on top of that there are all sorts of new on-set regulations covering mask use, face shield use, distancing, etc, and it was production's first day of shooting after a half year layoff so you could bet there would be a million delays as people worked to comply and stay safe and get the normally hectic job of making a TV show done. The thing is: in COVID era NYC the subway stops running between 1am & 5am, so right out of the gate I was stuck with having to Lyft to the production site, which I rarely did back in the day (you'd better believe SAG-AFTRA is tacking on a pay bump for that btw). I haven't really ridden the subway at all during the pandemic but it was definitely an interesting moment to, for the first time in my time in NYC, need to be somewhere and simply not have the subway available as a means of getting there.
  • I have now had 3 COVID tests (passed em all with flying colors). The first one I got before renting a car to go see my mom on her birthday. I had been expecting them (based on various friend/relative reports) to jam the q-tip into my brain. While I was relieved to find that the swab depth was rather shallow I was definitely not prepared for how many times they'd swirl it was a lot. Then just this Saturday I got another one and while it felt further up there it was slightly...mercifully, shorter in duration. Then, on Tuesday, on set, when I was getting a rapid test in order to be able to work that day the technician just handed me a swab and told me "15 times around, each nostril". I....had not expected to have to administer my own damn test. I will say that being the hand behind it did not make it any less may have been more weird...maybe less, I'm still undecided on that front. But I'm also still COVID free so that's nice.
  • I think all productions are very conscious of the cost it's taking to meet all of these requirements, the time that doing so takes from simply making movies & TV, and the fact that given the way this country has handled COVID it's pretty likely that there will be another mass lockdown preventing shoots before the year is out. As such they are trying to cram every single thing they can into each shooting day. I don't know much about the show we were making (they never tell background anything more than they need to know) but I would not be surprised if you saw me walking down Park Avenue South in 3 completely different episodes. Wild...also lucrative.
  • One thing I've wondered about in my time away from background work is how productions would handle the pandemic on-screen. It seems their options are to either fully acknowledge it and have your principles and background actors wearing masks on camera, and having your characters get temperature checks before going in buildings, and being socially distanced at grocery stores, and working from home, and getting swabbed, and using hand sanitizer obsessively, etc. could just forget the real world and proceed with business as usual. This particular production went with the latter option so that when the cameras were all of the performers had their masks off. Basically we were all given a face shield, 2 KN95 masks, and a personal airtight plastic bin at the beginning of the day. Any time we were inside we were to be wearing the mask and the shield. Once we got outside (all scenes were exteriors that day) we only needed to have the KN95 on. Once the camera were about to roll we would take off the mask and put it in our personal bin (along with our face shield), seal it, and put it on a nearby shelf that had been set up on location. Once cameras cut, we were to put our masks back on ASAP. It was...a lot (but again I'm not trying to die out here so whatever). It adds SO MUCH (over)time to the production process so this winter when you're watching all of your favorite dramas spare a thought for all of the logistics and time that made that possible. As usual, production assistants were positioned at the the top and bottom of the street during each take to do their best to hold off commuters, joggers, nannies, dog-walkers, gawkers, and vendors from being in the shot. Normally if the camera catches someone who just barges through the background on a public street it's no big deal because they look like anyone on a NYC street, but in this case that person would be masked...which is weird for the COVID-less reality of the show, so, yeah, pray for the editors.
  • Which brings me to the most unexpectedly stressful part of the day: the extended periods between takes when (maskless) background had to walk up and down the street resetting our positions and standing in place on our marks while half of New York walked up and down the street totally unware that we were part of the production. Let me tell you: you will never feel like more of an asshole than when you stand on one of the busiest streets in the country, in a city that was the epicenter of a pandemic that is still very much going on (and actually kind of surging) while completely unmasked with no identifier on your person that informs passing strangers that you're making a TV show and not just some idiot who's happy to play with the life of everyone around him. THE DIRTY/SHOCKED/CONFUSED LOOKS! HOT DAMN.
All in all though it was good to be back. I felt safe on set (until I learned via googling that airtight PPE like the KN95 is rendered ineffective by facial hair...), I thought production took the safety measures very seriously, my fellow background peeps were a delight, and all of the added delays made for a crap-ton of OT. Given the way things are trending and the super-spreader nightmares that Thanksgiving and Christmas will be, I am foreseeing another industry-wide production shutdown at some point but for now I'm back at it with my fingers crossed.
Direct Splash Protection.
I really don't have much to say about today's presidential BIG NEWS. I have slowly learned over 4 years to never be convinced of any particular outcome or reaction to such by citizens and those in power. Maybe it's not too much to hope for that this will steer the federal government toward doing more and acting more sensibly (or with any sense at all really I mean winter is coming and hospitals still don't have enough PPE for chrissakes) but yeah, I'll believe it when I see it.

In fact this week, for the first time in a long time, I was able to step out of the 24-hour news/plague/fascism/racism/ecological collapse/economic devastation spiral that I'd been caught up in for a minute and just be chill for a bit. The last few weeks it's been kind of hard to get this newsletter together due to all of the above and a lot of professional commitments and uncertainty and doubt and such. Happens to everyone, no big deal, it was just one of those struggle months. But this past week not only did I start to feel a bit better (though still tremendously anxious about...America..) I actually experienced what I'd have to call a sublime moment. Like true bliss, lifetime memorable. It was a mundane scene but I have found these kinds of things tend to start that way. It was dusk, a little chilly, I was grilling out in my apartment's back patio (an activity that has been an absolute godsend during NYC pandemic), I'd gotten some encouraging professional news, the charcoal smoke was drifing just right on a cool breeze, I'd gotten a reasonable amount of sleep, a gin and tonic was at the ready, and I had no immediate obligations that that I was behind on and it just clicked. Zen, Duende, a moment in time, whatever you want to call it it just, washed over me and I was suddenly and fully...elated. Not in the way that you might be when having a good meal, or watching your favorite comic, or being pleasantly drunk with friends on summer night but like, full-body, full-spirit complete harmony. Nothing was wrong with the world, I was so smitten with just being alive, I felt weightless, I wanted nothing and could have lived in that moment forever. I swear I wasn't high, and even in the moment I realized it wouldn't last and I just knew that made it more special. I've had that experience a small handful of times in life, always sudden like that, but this was the time that I was most able to appreciate it as it happened. Just standing there alone in a back patio, grilling a steak and some broccoli as the sky got dark. Amazing. In the moment I made every effort to remember the sensation and even as it was happening I knew that I would use those few minutes of bliss as a totem in rough times. Like the actual thought I had was "should I one day find myself rotting in a Federal gulag/camp/prison I will still have this moment to savor" which speaks to both the power of the experience and the depths to which my mind has kept running as of late. I am so thankful for those few minutes, beyond any words I can muster here. Heavenly. At the risk of getting just plain gratuitous with the number of selfies in this volume of WesRecs I'll include the portrait I took to remember it all by.

I hope you get your share of timeless moments, lord knows we all need and deserve them. be kind to each other, I love you all.
WesRecs is the weekly newsletter where I (comedian/storyteller/TV Host) Wes Hazard recommend a bunch of cool content (recs) to YOU (the person reading this). There's no particular reason for this other than the fact that I love curating stuff and I'm always excited to share items that I personally have found worthwhile, exciting, or necessary. If you like what you see please be sure to subscribe to get each week's edition delivered straight to your inbox and if you know someone else who might be into it definitely share with them. You can check out all past issues HERE.

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Once again: before I get into thick of a bunch of timely and often infuriating/saddening/exasperating news here is a palette cleanser of a very random and fun chart detailing animal sleep times.

The Decline Of The Empire

What The Heck America??

I've talked about the reality and dangers of the QAnon cult/conspiracy theory in several prior issues of WesRecs (this Atlantic piece remains my favorite summation thus far). This movement is very real and very scary and you need to be aware of it because it is playing an outsized part in the upcoming election and will continue to do so beyond November. This podcast episode goes very deep in exploring its origins and how it spread and I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in the specific technical aspects of how it started and grew to go mainstream.
Eat, Pray, Conspiracy: How the Wellness World Embraced QAnon - Jezebel

An elaboration on a specific segment and new phase of the unfolding QA disaster. They've given the message a facelift and tapped into an shocking/not-shocking new co-hort. As someone who definitely recognizes a tendency in myself to try and find "hidden clues" and "deeper meaning" I *almost* empathize...but then I remember that I've been to middle school and some basic media literacy kicks in. Sigh.

"It’s no surprise that wellness adherents—people who earnestly believe that there is a deeper truth out there, accessible to those who seek it out—would find an easy overlap with the ideas that animate QAnon. After all, the wellness industry has been built on questioning, often understandably, established science and the medical industry, successfully mainstreaming fringe ideas and providing easy solutions to complex problems."


"The ease with which growing numbers of wellness adherents have seamlessly incorporated QAnon into their worldview illustrates a broader point—that QAnon, far from a new phenomenon, is scaffolding onto a strand of conspiratorial thinking that has always been part of our DNA. As many have pointed out, including my former Jezebel colleague Anna Merlan in her book Republic of Lies, there is a sort of twisted logic to conspiracy theories, built as they are on half-truths. In an increasingly chaotic world, many of us are searching for meaning; many of us are looking for someone easy to blame; many of us feel disempowered, feel helpless, distrust our government, and the institutions that shape our lives. Seen from this angle, the tenets of both QAnon and the wellness world are remarkably alike—it’s a shorter leap than one might assume from believing that Big Pharma is pushing dangerous vaccines onto an unsuspecting public to believing that Hillary Clinton, George Soros, and Bill Gates are part of a global network of Satanists who kidnap children and drink their blood."
A Deal on Drug Prices Undone by White House Insistence on ‘Trump Cards’ - NYT

The heads of the pharmaceutical instry were ready to do *something* sane about healthcare/drug prices, as little as it was, and it was tanked because this dude needed to turn it into an election bone to throw and have his name all over it.

$750 folks.

“Regardless, one drug company executive said they worried about the optics of having the chief executives of the country’s leading pharmaceutical makers stand with the president in the Rose Garden as he hoisted an oversized card and gloated about helping a crucial bloc of voters.”

“We could not agree to the administration’s plan to issue one-time savings cards right before a presidential election,” said Priscilla VanderVeer, the vice president of public affairs at PhRMA, the industry’s largest trade group. “One-time savings cards will neither provide lasting help, nor advance the fundamental reforms necessary to help seniors better afford their medicines.”

Race & Policing

Towards The Reduction Of Harm

I learned about Phillis Wheatley (who I shall call Phillis Wheatley Peters everywhere henceforward) in middle school -  it was for less than 5 minutes, but there are a lot of important Black figures that I can't even say that for, so hey. Still, I haven't really read much of her work and did not realize all that's detailed here in this most excellent thread about her life and names (those chosen and not).

You can read a full 1887 edition of Wheatley Peters' book "Poems on Various Subjects Religious and Moral" HERE.
The End of Police (Documentary Short)

An interesting blend of the U.S. and Brazil discussing the world that is and the world that could be. I completely understand the fear that's keeping us where we are, it makes perfect sense to me. But for so many people that fear of the potential is dwarfed by the terror of the actual and if we keep up with the way we're going the reach of that terror will only grow.
In case you were wondering if there were in fact separate rules for the ultra rich vs the rest of us, here we go:

The lesson if you read nothing else: if you get caught up in a massive vice sting by the police where clear video of you paying for the services of a sex worker is captured by the authorities, just try and make sure that you're in the same dragnet as a billionaire personal friend of the President of the United States.

Remember that time when very rich man Bob Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, got caught on camera having sexual acts performed on him at a massage parlor in Florida? It wasn't long ago (March 2019). He was nabbed almost immediately after leaving the establishment, the authorities had tape, and Kraft issued a kind-of admission/apology soon after.

Now, just a year and a half later his $$$ and name and influence have worked on his behalf to get all charges cleared (plus those of the other, non-billionaire, men who visited the same place and were caught on video around the same time as Kraft) and prevent the video, which definitely exists, from ever seeing the light of day.

Look, I think consensual sex work should 100% be legalized and that both workers and clients should be shielded from any kind of prosecution for it. And while the police here initially tried to tie this to sex trafficking, that angle, has (to my knowledge) been disproven. So yeah, good for Kraft et. al for beating a vice rap but if Bob Kraft worked security or drove a truck or coached HS football, or did literally anything that didn't provide him with unlimited resources to fight a rapacious legal system slightly pixelated video of his 79-year-old junk would be on the internet right now and he would no longer have a job of any kind.

I just really can't think of a more obvious case of wealth and privilege *buying* a completely different (and obviously less damaging) legal outcome than any other citizen would receive.

Ya'll knew this but: it's a rigged game.
When Police Violence Is a Dog Bite - The Marshall Project

We still sic dogs on people in this country on a regular basis. Whut?
"The police called in a K-9 handler and his dog, Niko, to search 3809 Cresta Circle. The dog lunged, found a man and bit down, according to court records. It took almost two minutes for the handler to pull the dog off. And before long, their suspect, a 51-year-old Black man, bled to death. The dog had torn an artery in his groin."


"Though our data shows dog bites in nearly every state, some cities use biting dogs far more often than others. Police in Chicago almost never deploy dogs for arrests and had only one incident from 2017 to 2019. Washington had five. Seattle had 23. New York City, where policy limits their use mostly to felony cases, reported 25. By contrast, Indianapolis had more than 220 bites, and Los Angeles reported more than 200 bites or dog-related injuries, while Phoenix had 169. The Sheriff’s Department in Jacksonville, Florida, had 160 bites in this period."


"Handling dogs is more art than science, some in the business say. “The handler’s personality will go right down that leash,” said Ernie Burwell, a former canine handler for the Los Angeles County Sheriff who now testifies as an expert witness in excessive force cases. “If the handler’s an idiot, the dog will be, too.”"


🎵To The Left! To The Left!🎵

On That Commie Pinko Tip

Where in The U.S. Are You Most Likely to Be Audited by the IRS? - ProPublica

It costs a lot to be poor. If you barely scrape by each year on $26,000 you have a far higher chance of being audited for claiming a tax credit that's supposed to help the financially vulnerable than if you make half a million a year and intentionally fudge your numbers.
"In a baffling twist of logic, the intense IRS focus on Humphreys County is actually because so many of its taxpayers are poor. More than half of the county’s taxpayers claim the earned income tax credit, a program designed to help boost low-income workers out of poverty. As we reported last year, the IRS audits EITC recipients at higher rates than all but the richest Americans, a response to pressure from congressional Republicans to root out incorrect payments of the credit.

The study estimates that Humphreys, with a median annual household income of just $26,000, is audited at a rate 51 percent higher than Loudoun County, Virginia, which boasts a median income of $130,000, the highest in the country."


"The map reveals wide variations in the audit rate from place to place, but also how certain groups of Americans are disproportionately affected by the IRS’ policies. The five counties with the highest audit rates are all predominantly African American, rural counties in the Deep South. The audit rate is also very high in South Texas’ largely Hispanic counties and in counties with Native American reservations, such as in South Dakota. Primarily poor, white counties, such as those in eastern Kentucky in Appalachia, also have elevated audit rates."


"In an email, an IRS spokesperson said that tax returns are selected for audit without regard to race or where the taxpayer lives.

EITC audits can be punishing for taxpayers, since they routinely start with a refund being held, and can drag on for well over a year. The IRS does sponsor a program to provide free legal help to low-income taxpayers, but in Mississippi, the state with the highest audit rate in the country (according to Bloomquist’s estimates, the IRS audits about 11,000 returns there each year), there is only one attorney for the program."

Things Read

Worthwhile Words

Gary Gulman’s Comedy Tips: The Complete Collection 366 bits of wisdom, advice, and encouragement from the stand-up veteran. - Vulture

I mentioned Gary Gulman's 2019 Daily Comedy Tips Twitter project way back in WesRecs XIII but I hadn't seen them all compiled in one place until just this week so I definitely wanted to share. Gary is an amazing comic and human being (def check out his latest HBO special The Great Depresh) and on each day of last year he tweeted out indispensable nuggets of veteran advice for young comics (much of which is applicable to anyone in any creative pursuit). It was a hell of a commitment but he pulled it off and now you get to check the tips out in one convenient place, indexed by category and popularity. Dope stuff.
"By necessity, this undertaking had to morph from writing tips into general tips about mood maintenance and inspiration. Some of it came from things I learned in therapy, like my insistence on exercising or getting out of the house, that I was applying on a daily basis. There was one tip about not suffering for your art but letting your art suffer for you, which meant that if you are really sick like I was with my depression, then it’s okay to take time off from it to get well. It will still be there when you return. The response to that made me realize that people were thirsty for something more than just tips on organizational habits. Also, I’m not very organized, so you have to figure out your own system there.

In the end, these tips aren’t proclamations from Mount Comedy — it’s like any other craft in that it can be improved with some helpful information. You don’t have to follow all of them to the letter. I hope you question some of them, I hope that you’ll embrace some of them, and I hope you’ll adjust some of them for your personal makeup. Whether you’re new to comedy or even 25 years into it, I think if you use a handful of them regularly, you’ll get a lot out of it. And if you don’t, send me a self-addressed stamped envelope and you can get your money back."

Some personal favs:

Tip No. 5: Mark Twain said, and I’m paraphrasing, “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” You’ve been meaning to do this. Go through your jokes and add some lightning today.

Tip No. 310: When it comes to solving the puzzles that are our jokes, draw on every area of knowledge, expertise, and talent. It’s so gratifying to use a fact, a lesson, or a memory from elementary school, high school, or elsewhere to fill in the joke.

Tip No. 340: Volunteer! Especially if you don’t have a day job. There are so many opportunities to help. You will do good and have something new to write about. In NYC we have New York Cares. One year we decorated an elementary school for Halloween.

Tip No. 127: “I’m not for everyone” is a valuable position to acknowledge and embrace. You can have great success by being appealing to the type of audiences you enjoy. I’ve heard it said that trying to please everyone is a certain path to failure and frustration.

Tip No. 16: Be the comedian you wanted to see. Think about the things that you wished someone made jokes about when you sat in the audience. Make a list of topics and ideas that you’d be excited to see someone discuss. Become that comedian. You’ve got 30 years.

Tip No. 109: How long to stick with a joke? If it’s truly original and funny to you and/or especially personal, you should keep working on it until you figure it out. A more pedestrian joke? Give it three tries. My favorite joke took 19 years to solve.

Tip No. 14: Best insight I ever got came two shows in: Nearly all of your work will come from other comedians. Be a good co-worker. Don’t run the light. Be original. Be supportive. Write a lot! Be kind!

Tip No. 88: On patience: It’s better to be seen by the comedy “industry” two years too late than one second too early. It’s hard to undo a bad first impression, and you change and grow so much year to year the first ten years of your career.

The Cheating Scandal That Ripped the Poker World Apart - Wired

Stop me if you've heard this one before: Woman accuses a well-known,  well-liked man of personal/professional transgressions . She’s not believed and gets vilified for trying to wreck a  good guy's reputation. Another well-known, well-liked man, discovers her original work detailing the first man's wrongdoing, confirms it’s sound, tells other men, and the accusations are now generally believed. The offending man denies all claims, lays low for a while, and then re-emerges, perhaps with a stain on his reputation but largely free of any real consequences.

This is that, but with card sharping instead of sexual harassment/assault. It's a case that's as frustrating for its lack of resolution as it as fascinating for providing a window into such a lucrative, ritualistic, hierarchical world as professional poker. I'll admit that I've never really been much into poker. I have played it, it is fun, and I definitely respect people who are experts at it but I think I recognized early on that I would never be good enough at math/statistics to play at even the semi-skilled amateur level. I remember when the popularity of Texas Hold 'em *exploded* into the mainstream, right when I was in college. Poker went from being that thing that suburban sitcom husbands regularly met up once-a-month for in the service of the show's plot and the activity that the 1994 Mel Gibson movie "Maverick" was centered around, to all of a sudden being broadcast on ESPN, and finding legions of online players in university dorm rooms (seriously, so many dudes I knew, mostly computer science majors and marketing bros, got straight up addicted to online poker for a good stretch in sophomore and junior years).

This article, in addition to serving up an A1 mystery/scandal also does a great job of outlining how that mainstream boom was fueled in large part by the emergence of Moneyball-esque statistical analysis into the game and how that same rigorousness eventually became so complex and difficult to master that casual players were eventually pushed out of the game. I love reading about fanatical sub-cultures that have nothing to do with my daily life, this delivered.

"Brill, a self-described analytics geek whose day job is building medical software, was among those who got clobbered by Postle at the table, and she served as a livestream commentator during much of his streak too. By early 2019, she had seen enough to surmise that Postle's success didn't make mathematical sense. She thought he was winning far too often, particularly for a player whose strategy didn't jibe with game theory optimal, or GTO, the prevailing strategy in Texas Hold 'Em today.

The fundamental idea behind GTO is that there's a single best decision for every imaginable betting scenario—a decision that will maximize a player's winnings over time. In any given hand, a player who perfectly executes game theory optimal may still lose; there's only so much you can do if your opponent lucks into the nuts. But in the course of thousands of hours of poker, a player who adheres to GTO at every moment is virtually guaranteed to come out ahead.

Tremendous effort is required to develop the ability to know which single move to make in the millions of possible betting situations. There are 2,598,960 possible hands in five-card poker, a figure that vastly understates the game's intricacy. Players must also have a feel for how their opponents are likely to react to each gambit. To hone their GTO chops, top pros spend hours a day analyzing past hands with software that pinpoints the precise moments when they flubbed a probability calculation."


Things Seen

Watched Recently By Wes


Um.....I found this documentary while browsing through the video offerings of the 2020 Virtual NYC Anarchist Book Fair (highly recommended btw, also the source of the police documentary short above) and uh...I WAS NOT READY for "Turn on the lights" (Acende a Luz). This Brazilian short follows Isabel Dias, a sexagenarian (perfect descriptor here) who, after leaving a marriage of 32 years with the only man she'd ever been with due to his infidelity, begins to truly explore her own sexuality and sexual pleasure for the very first time. She talks about being extremely sexually reserved for most of her life did not take long for her to jump all the way into the deep end once she started to get more liberated. I really loved her perspective on life re: "no one gives you your life" you need to seize it, and the importance of loving your body, knowing yourself and doing it NOW.

Humans are sexual beings and despite what Hollywood would have us believe that doesn't just stop because you get your AARP card, but geriatric sexuality is so very rarely discussed, much less seen, in the mainstream so it was great to see it examined so lovingly here. And examine it they do...with not much reservation. NSFW warning in *full effect* on this one. Seriously if you don't want to see a 64 year old woman full appreciating herself do not hit play, but if you are interested in that kind of affirmation then by all means.
Recitation of Euripides (Medea)

Some insomniac nights you go down a social media rabbit hole and find yourself watching unsourced videos of an elderly man with a raspy yet powerful voice reciting ancient plays and poetry in the original Greek. I loved all of these. This man was almost certainly a classics professor back in the day and man he is making Euripides SING. I have no idea what's being said but just close your eyes and float.

Here is another one from The Odyssey (The Song of the Sirens)

Word of The Week

Up That Vocab Game

Ultion, n.
[ ULL - shun ]

Obsolete. rare.
Meaning: Vengeance, revenge, avengement.

Origin: Latin ultiōn-, ultio, noun of action < the stem of ulciscī to avenge. So Old French ultion, ulcion, Italian ulzione.

Fun Facts

Trivia To Bend Your Brain

  • -Bones found on Seymour island off of Antarctica show that prehistoric penguins stood at six feet tall and weighed over 250 lbs.
  • An average cumulus cloud weighs 1.1 million pounds
  • In July 2001 Beaver college official changed it’s name to Arcadia University. This was due at least in part because anti-porn web browser filters routinely restricted access to its website. The institution also founded that 30% fewer potential applicants had a favorable impression of the school due to the name.
  • Star Wars is “only” the 5th highest grossing media franchise (with about $70B banked from films, TV shows, toys, books, video games, etc). It is topped by Mickey Mouse & Friends, Winnie the Pooh, & Hello Kitty. Pokemon takes the top spot.
  • There are more fake flamingos in the world than real ones.
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