Lick My Ass

A Mozart canon. From Wikipedia:

Leck mich im Arsch (English: Lick My Ass) is a canon in B-flat major composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, K. 231 (K382c), with lyrics in German. It was one of a set of at least six canons probably written in Vienna in 1782.[1] Sung by six voices as a three-part round, it is thought to be a party piece for his friends.

The song’s title and lyrics are a reference to anal-oral contact, and may be more idiomatically translated as “kiss my ass” or “get stuffed”.[2] They have been used as evidence to support the contention that Mozart had Tourette syndrome.

Mozart died in 1791. His widow, Constanze Mozart, sent the manuscripts of the canons to publishers Breitkopf & Härtel in 1799, saying that they would need to be adapted for publication. The publisher changed the scatological titles and lyrics to the more acceptable—and saleable—”Laßt froh uns sein” (“Let us be glad!”). The original, unbowdlerized manuscript and lyrics were discovered in 1991, with the manuscript for another Mozart work, “Leck mir den Arsch fein recht schön sauber” (“Lick my arse nice and clean”, K233; K382d in the revised numbering), although later research has indicated that the latter composition is probably the work of Wenzel Trnka (1739-1791).

(via Reddit)

Two of Seven Soldiers Who Wrote ‘NYT’ Op-Ed Die in Iraq

And a third author was shot in the head but survived.

The Op-Ed by seven active duty U.S. soldiers in Iraq questioning the war drew international attention just three weeks ago. Now two of the seven are dead.

Sgt. Omar Mora and Sgt. Yance Gray died Monday in a vehicle accident in western Baghdad, two of seven U.S. troops killed in the incident which was reported just as Gen. David Petraeus was about to report to Congress on progress in the “surge.” The names have just been released.

Gen. Petraeus was questioned about the message of the op-ed in testimony before a Senate committee yesterday.

The controversial Times column on Aug. 19 was called “The War As We Saw It,” and expressed skepticism about American gains in Iraq. “To believe that Americans, with an occupying force that long ago outlived its reluctant welcome, can win over a recalcitrant local population and win this counterinsurgency is far-fetched,” the group wrote.

(via Reddit)

Terrorist Organization Logos

From Ironic Sans:

Terrorist groups, like any organization, need brand identities. With so many groups claiming credit for terrorist acts, and so many videotapes being put out featuring men in ski masks, it’s hard to keep track of which group committed what violent act. So terrorist organizations have logos. It recently occurred to me that someone had to actually design those logos. But how did they decide who gets to do it? Did the job go to whichever terrorist had a copy of Adobe Illustrator?

I did some research and rounded up as many logos as I could find from terrorist groups past and present. While I hate to give terrorists any more attention, I still think it’s interesting to see the various approaches they took in their logos, and wonder what considerations went into designing them.

(via Metafilter)

Eternal September

From Wikipedia:

Eternal September (also September that never ended, perpetual September, or endless September)[1] is a Usenet slang expression, coined by Dave Fischer, for the period beginning September 1993. [2] The use of these expressions implies the belief that standards of discourse and behavior on Usenet have declined since 1993 due to an unending influx of new users.

Usenet originated among universities. Every year, in September, a large number of new university students got access to Usenet, and took some time to acclimate themselves to the network’s standards of conduct and netiquette. After a month or so, the new users would (it is supposed) learn to comport themselves as normal Usenet users. September, thus, represented the network’s largest regular influx of newbies.

Daily Dose of Ingersoll

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All the creeds of Christendom, all the religions of the heathen world are equally absurd. The cathedral, the mosque and the joss house have the same foundation. Their builders do not believe in the uniformity of Nature, and the business of all priests is to induce a so-called infinite being to change the order of events, to make causes barren of effects and to produce effects without, and in spite of, natural causes. They all believe in the unthinkable and pray for the impossible.

Robert Green Ingersoll – “Myth and Miracle”(1885)