Friday, 1 April 2016

A is for April...n A-Z ...n Archie





is for Archimedes










Archie’s sparse bathing routine


Archie, the old maths whiz and engineer
bathed only rarely, that much is quite clear.
Else he would have spotted
how much splashed and what floated,
and trilled ‘eureka’ in the nude much earlier.


He devised the most innovative of screws
(Oh, you got a one-track mind!) no, its real use
was pumping for ships and gardens,
so, begging a thousand pardons -
why didn’t they bathe more often in Syracuse?!




Archimedes was a famous Ancient greek mathematician, physicist and engineer born 3rd century BCE. The Archimedes' Principle of fluid dynamics is what he is most famous for, but his contributions to science Are varied and many. 

A is Also for Addendum : Do you get A panic Attack if All the posts Are not scheduled in Advance, and then feel miserable when they Are, because you're a pantser at heart And scheduling doesn't give you your spontaneity fix? Yeah, I know! I Am Arbitrary like that. As you can see, A is An easy letter to post for. Things will Ahem, Alter a bit next week onward.



Posted for the A-Z Challenge 2016



81 comments:

  1. Big smiles.
    And gratitude that we aren't downwind from those rarely bathing souls...

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    1. I think I am...downwind I mean...Glad he lived a little before me :)

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  2. Somebody bathe that man!
    Mine aren't scheduled until the night before, but they are written, formatted, and ready to go in Word.

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    1. I did that for my earlier A-Z's, wrote and then edited forever. This time all scheduled and free to read and go wherever I want or need to :)

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  3. Result of not bathing often. Lol. Like the touch of humor in your verse

    Please visit

    http://livetolovelifecrazy.blogspot.com/2016/03/aaccept-life-as-it-comes-z-challenge.html

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    1. Glad you liked it...limericks are supposed to be humorous and bawdy. Thanks for leaving me the web address!

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  4. I posted my during the Superbowl and have gone back and changed them again, and again. I think I'm ready, lol, a little late to worry now.
    Loved this. Great job, great combination!




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    1. Yup, I used to tinker with the posts forever too, the temptation to do so is enormous, but this time I've been very strict and disciplined, NO tinkering...

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  5. Ha ha, that was excellent. So good! Wonder if anything bathing happened at all, after the Eureka moment.

    http://travellers-compass.blogspot.in/2016/04/atozchallenge-2016-is-for-anxiety.html

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  6. Such a cool poem, laced with humor and an enticing story.

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    1. History of Science has some of the coolest stories, doesn't it? :)

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  7. hahahah beautiful,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,AAAAAAAAAAAAgrades!!

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    1. Phew, glad to know it's on the correct letter grade for the day! :)

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  8. Great start to the day. Thanks for that. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. You have a great weekend too.

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  9. Archie was a crusty old dude. Advanced...now there's a word I wish I'd thought of. Writing on the fly this year.

    Pioneer Women in Aviation A-Z

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  10. A great lift-off!
    You are an amazing poet(ess) who can write in any style/form!
    thanks for the early morning chuckle...
    Writer In Transit

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    1. Thanks, Michelle. The A-Z allows me to explore unusual forms and alleyways of writing which I wouldn't do otherwise. And I am not the only one - just visited another poet who's doing the same with form poetry. Neat or what? :)

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  11. Thanks for my first smile of this year's Challenge! Awesome.

    My A-Z tale is entitled 'Whoopsie!'

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    1. Anytime Keith :) thanks for being here..

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  12. Good job with A, good luck as you move forward....and my goal to keep scheduled out two to three days in advance and I already totally rewrote my B..., so far I am not panicking.....but time will tell.....

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    1. Oh, I have done that total rewrite bit many times in the years before this one, and usually at the eleventh hour too...hoping I will not give in this time! 'Let us be then up and reading'...Good luck with keeping to your schedules!

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  13. Archimedes now there is one interesting historical figure whose legacy will endure for as long as mankind.

    I’m exploring different types of dreams and their meanings during the #AtoZChallenge at Stephen Tremp’s Breakthrough Blogs

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    1. Agree! Ancient Greece produced some of the most fascinating polymaths. Archie was certainly one of them.

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  14. Glad he's bathing. Nothing worse than the smell of an unwashed man. Thanks for the entertaining read.

    I've done A to Z with most posts written ahead and last year totally on the fly. I guess I'm a fan of panic, because I'm going that route again.

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    1. Nothing like a bit of panic to make the blood go dancing around in the veins! Thoroughly recommend 'on the fly'!

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  15. Great start to the challenge! & it's true, the first few letters are always the easiest, ha.

    I schedule mine only once week in advance (at most).

    Diana - ABC's of Hamburg

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    1. I really don't like scheduling, last year I did all the groundwork and posted the entry the day before, adding a few words on the spur of the moment. This is my first year scheduling to the hilt! So far so good...

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  16. I have written only a few of my posts in advance...and I think I should have been more diligent. I seem to work better under pressure (or so I keep telling my procrastinating self.)

    Great start to the A to Z Challenge!
    ~Margaret
    The Brown Recluse

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    1. I agree - we all work better with a dash of adrenaline! A little panic is good for the writing muscles and soul :)

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  17. HAHHAHAAA Archi! but ew gross. take a bath for pete's sake!!

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    1. One bath, and that led to the Principle! Wonder how many more laws he would have managed to formulate had he bathed more often? :)

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  18. Nice poem, very full of stinky sensuality, in such a short space (LOL). I too am a panster. I feel you, but with all the pushing to pre-write posts I did try to comply, at least with a few to get me started.

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    1. I am trying not to be a pantser because I want to read more this A-Z.

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  19. Nice poem, very full of stinky sensuality, in such a short space (LOL). I too am a panster. I feel you, but with all the pushing to pre-write posts I did try to comply, at least with a few to get me started.

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  20. Lots of good information here for the first day. You've put in a lot of work if all your posts are like this.
    Susan Says


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    1. Most of it just faffing around, no real info, made up bits and pieces with a few links thrown in in case anyone's interested to find out the actual facts.

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  21. Interesting post and info. Good luck with it all.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    Mary Montague Sikes
    Notes Along the Way
    The Artful Way

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  22. Well, in defense of old Archie, it used to take a lot of effort to get water to bathe, that's probably why they took communal baths. . .you always take a creative turn, Nila, so I'll be back to check out some of your future posts!

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    1. Yeah it did indeed, bathing was easy only for the royalty and people with oodles of money those days...see you around the track, D.G.

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  23. I really AM laughing out loud at my desk over your poem. Envisioning the scene!

    Thanks for visiting Just Workin' It - Job Starts and Smarts. Now I'm off to rhyme something for A-Day on Nickers and Ink: Poetry and Humor. I dabble in limericks there a lot, and you've motivated me today. ;-)

    My A-Z blogs for 2016:
    (Sorry for so many links ... doing SEVEN blogs this year!)
    Fad to the Bone – Dog Products Revue
    Heart of a Ready Writer
    Just Workin’ It – Job Starts and Smarts
    Kicking MS to the Curb
    Nickers and Ink Poetry and Humor
    Practically at Home
    Working in Words
    Find me:
    Linda Ann Nickerson author page on Amazon
    Find me on Facebook
    Find me on Twitter

    Happy A to Z – Linda Ann

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    1. I am blown away by your courage - 7! I think I'll have to go lie down for a bit now, just thinking of it!

      A very happy A-Z to you, champ!

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  24. All my stuff for the A to Z Challenge is scheduled, although I am pretty much a pantser. Doesn't bother me at all. At least I know I'm done with them.

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    1. Always a good place to be - not bothered at all. I, on the other hand, specialise in being bothered, no matter what I do :)

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  25. I've got it scheduled through E, but I'm anal enough that I had to check first thing this morning to make sure it went through. Anal. That's a good A word for me. ;)

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    1. Anal is a brilliant word for A, period! I am totally borrowing it for my A post in 2017 :D

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  26. Lovely post :) Best wishes!
    Sudha from
    Everyday Muse

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  27. I have nothing scheduled so far. WRiting, writing, writing.

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    1. That's really making me envious now :D

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  28. Beautiful start in the Challenge. Thank you for the enlightenment about Archimedes. By the way I am also not one who writes all her posts before the beginning.
    Shalom,
    Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

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    1. Anytime, Pat :) I am trying to be someone who does every post ahead this time, just to see if I can.

      Peace be on you too.

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  29. Archimedes bathing must have been quite an event when it did happen. I know it would be for me if I only managed it once in a while. Loved the Archie poem.

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    1. We do tend to take our baths and sanitation and the luxury of cleanliness for granted. I don't think one could at Archie's time.

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  30. What a riot you are! Poor ol'Archie! Hehehe! And you are right about the spontaenity fix....next week's gonna be tough! You'll have a regular visitor in me for sure :)

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    1. No spontaneity fix for me this A-Z, all planned to the gills :( lets see how long I can last :) see you round the A-Z circuit!

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  31. Ah the good old Archimedes screw - cue trying to stay awake in humanities...

    http://britsintheus23.blogspot.com/

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    1. Wow, lucky you! hard time staying awake in any subject :)

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  32. Good old Archie...
    Great start!
    www.claowuepotpourri.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you, a thing well begun is half done. NOT. :D

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  33. Enjoyed your poetry about Archimedes, especially the question about why they didn't bathe more! Your comment about preparing -vs- pantsing had me smiling. I planned to have all my A to Z posts up and running before April 1. I wrote through "N" but got stuck on the rest. So I am part of both!
    #AlohaFriday to you.
    Gail’s 2016 April A to Z Challenge

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    1. Up to N is way awesome planning, that's more than half done already! You'll have the rest by the time N rolls around. Thanks for being here.

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  34. I think I'm going to like your A to Z! Fun subject matter and I like that you brought your 'A - Game'!

    Mary
    Twitter: @KnottyMarie
    Literary Gold
    Jingle Jangle Jungle

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    1. All my subjects are famous, many of them exemplary. And I have treated them all impartially here :D

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  35. Ha I prepost and then get nervous cuz some are just in draft form. Oh my I'm behind and it's only day one.
    Hope you enjoy the Challenge.
    I'm A to Zing from: Fill the Cracks and Moondustwriter's Blog

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    1. Being behind from day 1 is an awesome way to do the challenge that sounds so like me in other years that its making me feel nostalgic! Best of luck to you.

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  36. I love your A.....thank you for visiting me. I had to work late so I'll visit your B tomorrow =)

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    1. Anytime Julie :) Impressed with your policy of reciprocating visits matched down to the letter as well wow!

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  37. Enjoyed reading your fun take with a sprinkle of cheerz on letter A:)

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    1. This A-Z all mine will be are fun takes ...not a single serious letter on this here blog :)

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  38. Ah that was a fun one! Enjoyed the read very much. Thank you
    @mysilverstreaks from
    Storiesandmore

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  39. At first I was thinking of Archie comics. heh.

    Anna
    ATSP @ Deeply Shallow
    @natzers

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  40. Stopping by to say hello. Great posts!

    DJ

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