| Nov 5, 2013
| 1:35 PM
Norwegian public television (NRK), which introduced the now-legendary continuous, live log-burning show (12 hours long, with “color commentary” on the historical and cultural importance of fire), scheduled a new program for this week in its...
| Jun 12, 2013
| 4:16 PM
I've said it before and I'll say it again: There's a lot of bad information out there about grammar. But seldom does it come bundled in a veritable value pack of linguistic baloney like the one I found in a link on Slate.com.
The link, which promised...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 3:04 PM
This is a column about nothing. It's kind of like a show about nothing, just less entertaining — and a lot less lucrative.
The nothing we're talking about is the blank space around punctuation. And for a whole lot of nothing, these blank spaces...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 7:14 AM
You know the passage:
There's glory for you!'
'I don't know what you mean by "glory",' Alice said.
Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. 'Of course you don't — till I tell you. I meant "there's a nice knock-down argument for you!"'
| Oct 10, 2013
| 6:10 AM
Oh. Have I got your attention now?
(Apologies to Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross.)
This may be a case of the worst timing ever, but the question of whether Congress is underpaid actually is on the table right now.
You can thank tin-eared...
| Oct 13, 2013
A few days before our recent wedding, my now-husband and I sat with a dear friend, a newly Internet-ordained minister, to nail down a few details.
"The most beautiful thing," he told us, "is that, of everyone there, your kids will have the longest...
| Dec 29, 2013
One of the biggest issues looming when Congress returns from its holiday break is immigration reform. In honor of our nation built by immigrants, we give you our rich, well-sourced and huddled mass of facts yearning to breathe free:
1. A staggering...
| Dec 28, 2013
| 12:26 PM
Earlier this month a controversy arose after a tongue-in-cheek column written by Aisha Harris, a woman of color, was published online at Slate.com, suggesting maybe it’s time that Santa Claus is no longer depicted as a white man.
A Fox news host,...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 11:59 AM
The final wheeze of Obamacare news that crossed the wires in 2013 was a New Year's Eve emergency injunction granted by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor for a group of Catholic nuns who operate nursing homes in Denver and Baltimore.
At first blush,...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 9:53 AM
'I would rather lick a toilet seat than a cellphone' - microbiologist comes clean.
A toilet seat. Seriously.
Microbiologist David Coil writes on slate.com that bacteria exist everywhere and some are perfectly fine and actually beneficial. Including,...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 4:47 PM
In a sane world, the ringing denunciation of intelligent design and creationist "science" delivered by a federal judge in 2005 would have eradicated these concepts from the schoolroom.
District Judge John E. Jones III of Harrisburg, Pa., ruled then that...