Sorry for not following the usual form, but this requires a little background. I was perusing a new report that I received electronically at work today, a horribly torturous beast about an investigation into the presence of infrasound and other very low frequency sound-like vibrations near a wind farm, and their possible effects on human residents in the vicinity. The report is brand spanking new, just came out last week, and it's just overflowing with all these cool graphs and charts and stuff, along with some less than exciting discussion and rather vague conclusions. One of the graphs plotted turbine rotation rates in hertz against nameplate power rating for a dozen or so different industrial turbines. The text in the image was kind of small, and there was this horizontal line across that seemed to represent something significant, but I couldn't make it out, so I magnified the screen to see what the label said. It was right at 0.2 Hz, and several of the turbines had rotation frequency ranges that overlapped the line.
The line was labeled "nauseogeneticity". The point at which the noise from the turbine (which you can't hear, because it's below the threshold of human hearing) makes you puke. This is my new favorite word, and I felt it was appropriate to share it with you, my friends. I hope you enjoy using it as much as I will.
"Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens."
("Against stupidity, the gods themselves contend in vain.")
-- Friedrich Schiller (1759–1805)
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
-- Philip K Dick
OK, now let's look at four dimensions on the blackboard.
-- Dr. Joy
English isn't much of a language for swearing. When I studied Ancient Greek I was delighted to discover a single word - Rhaphanidosthai - which translates roughly as "Be thou thrust up the fundament with a radish for adultery."