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It's a list-y time of year. You've probably seen a few already. Here's one, "50 Things We Know Now (That We Didn't Know This Time Last Year), heavy on curious scientific discoveries of uncertain significance.

Many are dumb, but I especially liked No. 38, Most of us have microscopic, wormlike mites named Demodex that live in our eyelashes and have claws and a mouth.

No, mine is named Spot. God forbid these things ever get themselves organized. They could burrow through our foreheads, eat our brains and take over the world, using us as their zombie vehicles.

50. Researchers from the University of Manchester managed to induce teeth growth in normal chickens - activating genes that have lain dormant for 80 million years.

Chickens with fangs. Dammit, I've seen Jurassic Park, I know this turns out. Why do researchers always have to recreate dangerous creatures? Why can't they re-breed an ancient species of cow in which every cut is a rib-eye, or an ancient species of tulip that's poisonous to deer? Stupid researchers.

Okay, I had never heard of Dakini before. The things you learn from Kanji, huh? IMO, every religion should have a few fairy-goddesses. She sounds like fun: "a female being, generally of volatile temperament, who acts as a muse for spiritual practice."

"She may wear a garland of human skulls..." A Dakini and Kali better not show up at the same party, or the fur will fly.



meaning: nun, priestess

荼枳尼 == dakini == Dakini, a Buddhist fairy-goddess
尼寺 == amadera == nunnery, convent

Left/upper radical is 'slumped figure/corpse'. Inner radical also means 'slumped person'. Its current meanings are borrowed. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Slumped corpse of nun.'

Info from Taka Kanji Database
List of compounds including this character from Risu Dictionary

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