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Huh? VII

As is the blogger's wont, I find it interesting to scour the server logs and see the "referers" [sic] (web-originators) for hits to this site.

Amongst the stranger ones of late, with multiple referrals, have been Google searches for "Rita Hayworth nude" and "Saudi nude."

Nothing much prurient here, I'm afraid - though the title of one of my posts is apparently more salacious than its content - Blogger's Temptation.

As a Software Engineer, I realize that including those very search phrases in this entry will in all likelihood increase hits to my blog - now drawing in voyeurs to .... this post.

But I shan't let such an epiphenomenon deter me - like MGM the slogan 'round here is Ars Gratia Artis. Welcome, ecdysisophiliacs.

May 5, 2004 | Permalink


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Personally, I found this blog while looking for a Saudi Rita Hayworth, but I had absolutely no expectation that she would be nude.

Posted by: Aaron at May 5, 2004 5:13:40 PM

A lot of people find blogs by searching for really strange things. Just have a look on what people are searching to find my site here.

Posted by: Michael at May 6, 2004 8:04:38 AM

Can you imagine - "eis eingefroren nackt"?!

Kidding - my Deutsch is more than a little rusty.

Welcome, Michael - I wish I could read your blog.

As to Aaron's quip, he was wise not to expect a Saudi Rita to be disrobed, as, sadly, she would've been cocooned snugly in Arabian vestments. Had he encountered such a maiden in a state of undress, the authorities would have insured that that feminine vista was amongst his last.

Posted by: Paul Craddick at May 7, 2004 4:03:20 PM

Oh man, you should see the searches that bring people to my blog. It almost makes me wish I never wrote anything about the naked man or my dog peeing or throwing my pants on the floor or about being fat, etc. All I know is that there are some weird folks out in the world. ;)

Posted by: lynne at May 7, 2004 10:47:42 PM

Gotta say, one of my fave words is ecdysiast. Now that you've made a variant, here's the question -- how long will it take to attract a google search using that word?

On my blog, the main attractor seems to be "girles." Naked girles, naked saudi girles, girles and girles and girles. Poor searchers don't realize that I was quoting Chaucer -- who is an aphrodisiac, but not of the sort they are looking for. You know, these are Saudi boys outside of the Kingdom, looking for Saudi ecdysiasts of the female persuasion outside of the Kingdom, too. A niche for some porn entrepreneur, surely. It takes so little to make money off of sex.

Oh, and about ecdysiast -- according to Vocabula, the word was borrowed by H.L. Mencken from natural history to signify stripper. I wonder if that is true?

Posted by: roger at May 8, 2004 10:34:57 AM

I hadn't heard the Mencken story before - though a little searching on the web yielded some corroboration. Apparently Gypsy Rose Lee was none too crazy about the term. But, isn't a diaphonous gown the "integument" of the ecdysiast?!

I can't say for sure, but I think I might have first come across the term reading something by William F. Buckley - which sort of seems to support the Mencken provenance.

As to my coinage, I think it would pass muster with a classicist; it's not an amalgam of Greek and Latin (like claustrophobia), and kinda has a nice ring to it.

Aside from Mencken's meaning, I like the term as a descriptor for what Nietzsche would call "self-overcoming."

Posted by: Paul Craddick at May 8, 2004 11:01:32 PM