March 15th, 2010



  • 00:16 I got mad game #
  • 14:48 I have to question the Men in Black. If I were going to investigate UFOs, I'd probably wear one of those wizard-type robes w/stars on it. #
  • 14:49 Then again, if I had my choice, I'd probably wear that when doing just about anything. #
  • 16:15 Photo: If you enjoyed my previous post on Biblical authorship, I’ve written another installment. #
  • 16:32 Photo: eclecticbanana: #
  • 16:43 I find the Hoveround to have
    a misleading name. Damn thing never even leaves the ground! #
  • 16:50 @PFTompkins After the King Kong remake, no one wants to talk about the 800-pound gorilla either. #
  • 16:55 @EugeneMirman Only if he's implicated while speaking ex cathedra. #
  • 16:56 Beyonce didn't like my idea for a first aid promo, "If you broke it, then you should have put a sling on it." #
  • 16:57 @JaredofMo Well, that's a good way to get as far as the Dog Wood, anyway. #
  • 17:59 Video: Go
    d’s Book on Tape, from Mr. Show #
  • 19:05 Is it just me, or is making Alice into an action hero sort of like turning Gregor Samsa into Spider-Man? #
  • 19:06 "He turned into a gigantic vermin in his sleep. Now, he fights crime and battles the forces of evil!" #
  • 20:10 Lisa, one-half plus one-third is five-sixths. Why did you start with "three" before Bart interrupted you? #
  • 20:32 Why has Bart's handwriting improved since the opening went to HD? #
  • 20:41 FUN FACT: The 1920s were known as the "Roaring Twenties&qu
    ot; because lions roamed the city streets. #
  • 20:52 @margaretcho Hold Thor's mighty hammer Mjöllnir over them? #
  • 20:55 @NowIsStrange Sure, blame me, even though I never said I wouldn't take you. #
  • 21:47 Did the makers of "The Cove" realize that dolphins are one of few species to kill for fun? #
  • 23:29 @Clamanity If he lives that long. #
  • 23:35 @kidicarus222 When my dumpling came with dog meat instead of pork
    inside, that was wonton cruelty! #
  • 23:35 It turns out that the Peace Train isn't as peaceful as Cat Stevens implied. #
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When L. Frank Baum first devised his map of Oz for the endpapers of Tik-Tok of Oz, he included a few places that had yet to be mentioned in the actual texts. Whether or not he had plots in mind for them when making the map isn't clear, but he would go on to use them in future stories. One of these places is the mountain of the Yips, located in the southwestern corner of the Winkie Country. The mountain and its inhabitants became significant a few books later, in The Lost Princess of Oz. When Ugu the Shoemaker stole the most valuable magic from Ozma, Glinda, and the Wizard of Oz, he also stole a gold dishpan from a Yip named Cayke the Cookie Cook.

Like some other isolated Ozian communities, the Yip Country is very difficult to reach. It's located on a tableland on top of the mountain, and there are no paths leading up to it. The Yips' homes are scattered all over the mountaintop, not laid out according to any particular pattern, but simply wherever the inhabitants prefer. Also located somewhere on the mountain is the pond where the magic skosh that enlarged the Frogman grows, although none of the Yips seem to be aware of this. Baum writes that the Yips have "queer ways and notions of their own," but doesn't really elaborate. Neill, however, shows them as having rather interesting choices in hat decoration:

The only Yip who's really differentiated from the rest is Cayke herself, who leaves the mountain in the company of the Frogman to seek her lost dishpan. This dishpan, which is studded with diamonds, was passed down from mother to daughter through the generations. Cayke is aware that possessing it somehow enables her to be a better cook, but is initially unaware of its powers of transportation, which is why Ugu steals it. As John Bell mentions in a recent blog entry, Cayke herself is described as "dried up" by Baum, but Neill draws her as a young woman. While Lost Princess is the only canonical book to give Cayke a role, she does have a major part in March Laumer's Magic Mirror, in which she dates Till Orangespiegel for a while. Laumer gives her full name as "Cayke L. Baque," but I figure "Cayke the Cookie Cook" is a good enough name. Honestly, I don't see why a small, isolated population like the Yips would have adopted the custom of surnames. Then again, as we'll see in my next Oz post, the similarly isolated Hyups apparently have.