This morning I randomly opened to pages of the wonderful Schott’s Miscellany (thank you for the gift, Helen & Lars). Behold:
State Names Etymology
Ohio – Iroquois for “beautiful river”
Indiana – “Land of the Indians” (really)
Missouri – “those who have large canoes”
Vermont – derived from the French for “green mountain”
Iowa – Dakota name for “sleepy heads” or “dusty noses” (hahahaa — put that one in there for you, BoomR)
All-time Best Film Costume
The top five: Keira Knightley’s green dress in Atonement; Marilyn Monroe’s white halter dress from The Seven-Year Itch; Audrey Hepburn’s black Givenchy in Breakfast at Tiffany’s; Olivia Newton-John’s pants in Grease (whaaaaat??); Kate Winslet’s blue gown in Titanic. Interesting choices.
Alas, now I must fly. Maybe if we decided to love the long days and oh-so-short nights and weekends, we’d all be better off. But hey…Route 66 calls. We’re getting there.