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MatC
145902.  Mon Feb 12, 2007 8:02 am Reply with quote

The son of an elf is called an oaf.

In old legends, elves were nasty buggers, harmful to humans, not helpful. The word elf comes from ancient German for nightmare; elves were known to bring bad dreams.

“Oaf” first appeared in English (as "ouphe" and "auf") in the 17th century; an oaf was a changeling - specifically, an elf’s child, left in place of a stolen human child. These children were stupid and ugly.

Source: World Wide Words, 16 Dec 06

 
Molly Cule
155658.  Sun Mar 11, 2007 1:26 pm Reply with quote

Elf-shot

for centuries European farmers had found arrowheads and other stone tools in their fields. People thought these artifacts were supernatural weapons made by elves, hence the name elf-shot for arrowheads. Some collected elf-heads thinking they had magical properties. By the 17th C their origins were widely recognised as explorers brought home similar tools from the Americas.

s National Geographic, Nov 01

 
MatC
155812.  Mon Mar 12, 2007 7:27 am Reply with quote

“Elves Don’t Violate Einsteinian Laws” Shock Rocks Science!

Scientists in the US are counting elves, an ally in the fight against global warming.

Elves and sprites are “optical phenomena that occur during some thunderstorms.”

“Sprites are red, vertically oriented flashes of light caused by ionized nitrogen that appear above thunderheads and can rise from 30 up to 50 miles above the ground. They are 1 to 60 miles in diameter. Sprites last only a few tens of milliseconds.
Elves are diffuse glows of ionized gas molecules that occur just below the ionosphere about 56 mile above the ground. Shorter-lived than sprites, they last for only a few hundred of microseconds.
Sprites and elves can occur individually or together. Sprites can barely be seen with the naked eye and are easily photographed with low-light cameras. However, elves are fainter, and we require light amplification equipment to see them. The electromagnetic signature associated with them can also be recorded and analyzed.”

Sprites have been observed for more than a century, but it wasn't until 1989 that anyone was able to catch them on videotape.

Elves are an even more recently recorded phenomenon, discovered as a by-product of sprite research. Halos of red light, they were first conclusively recorded in 1995.

“Although the elves appear to spread faster than light, analysis of the physics behind elves demonstrates that no particles actually move that fast, so Einsteinian relativity is not violated. The faster-than-light illusion seems to be caused by successively distant air molecules lighting up in rapid-fire sequence, like the strobe lights running along an airport runway.”

Researchers still don’t know how elves and sprites are formed, but they hope that if they can devise an accurate way of counting them it will help in monitoring global warming.

Poss Q: “Can elves move faster than light?”

Sources:
http://www-star.stanford.edu/~vlf/optical/press/elves97sciam
http://www.psu.edu/ur/NEWS/SCIENCETECH/sprite.html

LINK to Environment; Electricity.

 
Flash
155918.  Mon Mar 12, 2007 3:51 pm Reply with quote

Quote:
they hope that if they can devise an accurate way of counting them it will help in monitoring global warming.


We were discussing this morning how scientists have to suggest that their research is relevant to climate change, cancer, or AIDS - or they don't get funding.

 
MatC
155920.  Mon Mar 12, 2007 4:03 pm Reply with quote

Presumably it was always so - just a different list of relevancies; the cold war, the space race, the empire, consumption, God's plan ...

 
Molly Cule
156639.  Wed Mar 14, 2007 7:01 pm Reply with quote

There are people called Elenari, otherwise known as 'otherkin', who believe that they are elves trapped in human form.

http://www.elenari.net/

 
Frederick The Monk
156682.  Thu Mar 15, 2007 4:04 am Reply with quote

ELF is the Eritrean Liberation Front founded in 1958. The ELF works closely with the Marxist Eritrean People's Liberation Front which doesn't have anything like as good an acronym.

 
Frederick The Monk
156683.  Thu Mar 15, 2007 4:19 am Reply with quote

What is this:



A: An ELF
(Seyoum O.Michael - Chairmain of the Eritrean Liberation Front)

 
Frederick The Monk
156685.  Thu Mar 15, 2007 4:20 am Reply with quote

What is this:



A: An Elf
The spiny-finned sea-fish Pomatomus saltator.[Afrikaans, f. Du. elft shad.]

 
Frederick The Monk
156686.  Thu Mar 15, 2007 4:22 am Reply with quote

What is this:



A: a girl with elfed hair
Elf (verb) To tangle or twist (hair) as an elf might do.

1605 Shakespeare. King Lear Act II. Scene iii. "Ile..elfe all my haires in knots."

 
Molly Cule
156692.  Thu Mar 15, 2007 4:59 am Reply with quote

What is this:



A. An elf.

 
Frederick The Monk
156699.  Thu Mar 15, 2007 5:16 am Reply with quote

I think you'll find that last one is an oaf.

 
MatC
156705.  Thu Mar 15, 2007 5:36 am Reply with quote

I love the "What is this?" idea. But who is that last one? Why is he an elf?

 
MatC
156708.  Thu Mar 15, 2007 5:40 am Reply with quote

Just to be absolutely clear - I am aware that the Beatles are a popular beat combo, hailing from the North of England, m‘lud. But I don’t recognise Curly, above.

 
eggshaped
156711.  Thu Mar 15, 2007 5:43 am Reply with quote

That's Frederick the Monk in his film noir days

 

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