Sunday, January 13, 2008

Erratic Phenomena

According to the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, "erratic phenomena" are "the phenomena which relate to transported materials on the earth's surface."

This struck me as a rather Fortean definition until I looked into it further, but after some investigation it seems that it is a rather antiquated term that glaciologists used to refer to boulders that were picked up in their native land by a glacier and dropped in a strange environment, millions of years later – sort of geologic oddballs.

At any rate, it struck me that we are all "erratic phenomena" in a sense (except perhaps for those few who live in the land of their forefathers), each of us out of place and outlandish in our own way. And since this blog will probably be erratic, and may investigate "phenomena" (not difficult, since they are merely "occurrences that are observable"), the title seems strangely apt.

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