Friday, February 7, 2014

Sochi, Winter Olympics, Lint, and a Rambling Lemming

Albemarle-Pamlico NAWQA Invertebrate Sampling Photo Gallery, Water Resources of North Carolina, USGS"Sochi: After weeks of worry, a pretty smooth start to Olympics spectacle"
Laura Smith-Spark, Michael Martinez, CNN (February 6, 2014)

"Amid international concerns about security, the Sochi Games completed the first day of contests Thursday with high excitement and -- equally important -- no major adverse incident.

"After all the anxiety about a terror strike, controversy over gay rights and ridicule over poor preparations, the Winter Olympics commenced smoothly enough, as qualification events were held in the men's and women's slopestyle, women's moguls and team figure skating...."

A remarkable portion of news about the 2014 Winter Olympics is about sports: alpine skiing; snowboarding; and curling; but not, oddly enough, mascara.

On the other hand, automotive journalists cover Sochi cars and trucks, activist journalists cover Sochi unfairness, and animal journalists cover Sochi animals: or lack thereof. Which actually is a somewhat-serious issue. Oddly enough, nobody seems to have noticed the utter lack of lemmings in the official proceedings: which have little to do with Lemuria.

In deference to the time-honored, if not tome-honored, custom of dragging hobbyhorses behind "Olympics" coverage, the Lemming presents:

(from Ingomar Club, used w/o permission)

"Lint (material)"

"Lint is the common name for visible accumulations of textile fibers and other materials, usually found on and around clothing. ... Lint is composed of threads of all colors, which blend hues and may appear to be a uniform grey....

"...Navel lint (also known by names such as navel fluff, belly button lint, belly button fluff, and dip lint) is an accumulation of fluffy fibers in the navel cavity. ... The reasons for its accumulation in the navel are a subject of speculation...."

Presumably Olympic Athletes occasionally find lint in their navels, but mainstream journalism has been strangely silent on the topic. The astute reader will note that the photograph of a magnificent domestic interior has little to do with lint, which is the Lemming's point precisely.

Points may be of the percentage, pivot, or Paris persuasion, but the Lemming digresses.

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