Category Archives: original research

Crank

The difference between the fiftieth time and the five hundredth. Wouldn’t it be great if every time were the fiftieth time?

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Puerto Rico

If we admit them, we’ll have to admit a slave state too. It’s more complicated than it looks.

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A Given

It is the Lord’s will that you not remain sober all the days of your lives. It pleases Him that you do not.

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$151,000, just sitting there in a market-tracking account, makes as much money every year as a full-time minimum-wage worker.

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exciting times

If Hillary Clinton is elected, it will mark only the second time that a married couple has been elected individually to the Presidency, following Grover Cleveland and husband Benjamin Cleveland Harrison. Truly a remarkable accomplishment.

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Question: is there a cartoon that is anywhere near consistently funnier than Futurama?

Answer: No, there is no such cartoon.

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the ethnography of the liquor people

When I was a kid I wondered whether I’d turn in to one of the guys I read about, guys who ordered hot toddies in cherry-paneled rooms. Guys who smoked meerschaum pipes or large cigars while waiting for the butler … Continue reading

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hybrid fuel economy tall-tale

You know how it’s said that a hybrid gets better city mileage than highway mileage because 1) the gas engine shuts off when the car is stopped, and 2) because of regenerative braking? That’s gotta be bullshit, and here’s why:  … Continue reading

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those lying, lying liars

You know how scientists and historians are liable to liken the total time civilization has existed versus the total time the earth has existed to “the blink of an eye?” At the drop of a hat? I’ve always taken their … Continue reading

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Bill Gray

The Tempest (Joel Achenbach, Washington Post, May 28) Gray’s crusade against global warming “hysteria” began in the early 1990s, when he saw enormous sums of federal research money going toward computer modeling rather than his kind of science, the old-fashioned … Continue reading

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Question: Why take diet pills when you can enjoy Aids?

PistolWimp – AYDS: America I remember this commercial. I don’t remember it being so funny. And I guess the weird and irritating use of the word “question” to preface a question has been around longer than I thought. I tried … Continue reading

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