• Thumbs, Tongues, and Twinkles

    by  • May 20, 2014 • too random, womyn on weels

    Maripose, v. /mah’ree’pôs/ To pose for a photograph, strictly at the Mariposa Women’s Stage Race.
    Etymology: American-English, circa 2013

    British and American scientists are conducting research into the activity of Mariposing. The pursuit first appeared in the Far Western United States during its namesake bicycle event, the Mariposa Women’s Stage Race. Historians are want to argue the point delicately but the belief is the term was coined separately and simultaneously by racers from Velo Bella. Since its first documented occurrence, scientist point out, even inadvertent Mariposing occurs. That is, racers adopt a Maripose yet are unaware it conforms to indeterminate definitions. The juxtaposition between hard driving bicycle-racing and hamming it up for the camera are best illustrated with the following documented examples.

    "Mariposing" First Coined by Velo Bella Circa 2013

    “Mariposing” First Coined by Velo Bella Circa 2013

    The First of the Elephant-Eared Mariposes

    The First of the Elephant-Eared Mariposes

    The Subtle Thumb-Up

    The Subtle Thumb-Up

    Historian-scientist are unable to agree whether this is a Maripose or a Shut-Out

    Historian-scientist are unable to agree whether this is a Maripose or a Shut-Out

    Shaka on a Fast Downhill

    Shaka on a Fast Downhill

    Peace...but could it be "chunk a duece"?

    Peace…but could it be “chunk a duece”?

    Smile, Smile, Smile

    Smile, Smile, Smile

    More Peace

    More Peace

    Pledging Allegiance to the Maripose

    Pledging Allegiance to the Maripose

    Smiling on an Uphill Late in the Race

    Smiling on an Uphill Late in the Race

    A Big Elephant Ear over the Lower Lip

    A Big Elephant Ear over the Lower Lip

    Even the Promotor Mariposes

    Even the Promotor Mariposes

    Scientist eventually concluded the Kerniposa Donkeycorn is not strictly Mariposing

    Scientist eventually concluded the Kerniposa Donkeycorn is not strictly Mariposing

    Congratulations and well done to all the racers at the Mariposa Women’s Stage Race. Thank you for racing out there!

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    "Quod nomen mihi est?" Cranking the glass to capture photographs at bicycle races.