Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A.M.Stir

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A.M.Stir

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Byline: TOM SZAROLETA

BOOKSHELF

OH, MY ACHIN' HALLUX!

Now don't let your gnathion hit the floor when you hear this, but a new book, Carnal Knowledge: A Navel Gazer's Dictionary of Anatomy, Etymology and Trivia by Charles Hodgson (St. Martin's Griffin, $14.95), tells you the names for all those parts of your body that you never think about. Like the gnathion, which is the lowest point on the chin.

A few others:

Vermillion border: The point where your lips meet your skin.

Infraclavicular fossa: The depression below your collarbone.

Malleolus: The bumps on the sides of your ankles. The medial ones are on the inside, the laterals on the outside.

Hallux: Your big toe.

Gry: The dirt (or whatever) under your fingernails.

Fundament: Um, you're sitting on it. Also known as the bum, the backside, the keister, the derriere, the fanny, the heinie, the prat, the rump and the tush.

BACK TALK

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TRAVEL

IT'S NOT A TOWN, IT'S AN ADVENTURE

In its September issue, National Geographic magazine names its Top 50 "adventure towns," places with "an ideal mix of terrain, activity and opportunity."

Alas, Jacksonville didn't make the cut. But Gainesville was named one of the "top cities." The magazine cited the Gators' championship basketball and football teams and the Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail. It's the only town in Florida to make the list.

Valdosta, Ga., also made it in as a "top wilderness town," mainly for its proximity to the Okefenokee Swamp. For a complete list, pick up the September issue or go to www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/relocating/best-places-to-live-2007/index.html#cities.

WASTING TIME

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