A bizarre optical illusion. The circles and strips don’t move or change shape.
Three cats lurk among the penguins. See if you can find them.
The solution will appear in the comments section later today.
If you’re just an ordinary schlub who would like to sound erudite and scholarly, nothing does the trick quite like sprinkling your conversation with Latin phrases. Here are some that you’re sure to find useful in common everyday situations:
Magister Mundi sum.
I am the Master of the Universe.
Sentio aliquos togatos contra me conspirare.
I think some people in togas are plotting against me.
Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes.
If you can read this, you’re overeducated.
Mellita, domi adsum.
Honey, I’m home.
Let it all hang out.
Recedite, plebes! Gero rem imperialem!
Stand aside, plebians! I am on imperial business!
Quo signo nata es?
What’s your sign?
Caesar si viveret, ad remum dareris.
If Caesar were alive, you’d be chained to an oar.
Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari?
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Noli me vocare, ego te vocabo.
Don’t call me, I’ll call you.
Nullo metro compositum est.
It doesn’t rhyme.
Non curo. Si metrum non habet, non est poema.
I don’t care. If it doesn’t rhyme, it isn’t a poem.
Fac ut gaudeam.
Make my day.
Braccae illae virides cum subucula rosea et tunica Caledonia-quam elenganter concinnatur!
Those green pants go well with that pink shirt and plaid jacket!
Sic faciunt omnes.
Everyone is doing it.
Non calor sed umor est qui nobis incommodat.
It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.
Utinam barbari spatium proprium tuum invadant.
May barbarians invade your personal space.
Fac ut vivas.
Get a life.
Utinam coniurati te in foro interficiant.
May conspirators assassinate you in the mall.
Fac me cocleario vomere.
Gag me with a spoon.
Te audire no possum. Musa sapientum fixa est in aure.
I can’t hear you. I have a banana in my ear.
In vita priore ego imperator Romanus fui.
In a previous life I was a Roman Emperor.
Utinam logica falsa tuam philosophiam totam suffodiant.
May faulty logic undermine your entire philosophy.
Si hoc signum legere potes, operis boni in rebus Latinus alacribus et fructuosis potiri potes.
If you can read this sign, you can get a good job in the fast-paced, high-paying world of Latin.
Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam.
I have a catapult. Give me all the money, or I will fling an enormous rock at your head.
A fish lurks among the polar bears. See if you can find it before they do.
A little bibliophile humor today in honor of the birthday of Peter Mark Roget (1779-1869), author of Roget’s Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases Classified and Arranged so as to Facilitate the Expression of Ideas and Assist in Literary Composition.
See more of Tom Gauld’s cartoons here.