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  • 'I would rather lick a toilet seat than a cellphone' - microbiologist comes clean

    'I would rather lick a toilet seat than a cellphone' - microbiologist comes clean
    '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,...
  • How Canada is not like the United States: Home mortgage edition

    How Canada is not like the United States: Home mortgage edition
    Those of us who write about the housing market and the virtues of the 30-year fixed home loan -- as we did Wednesday -- can calibrate our watches by how long it takes a reader to respond as follows: "Hey, Canada doesn't have 30-year fixed mortgages, and...
  • Creationism again stalks the classroom

    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...
  • Obama in wonderland

    "Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." The White Queen, "Alice in Wonderland" The more President Obama talks about the supposed joys of his Affordable Health Care law, the more he resembles a political Mad...
  • News of the Weird: Testicular Cancer's New Mascot

    News of the Weird: Testicular Cancer's New Mascot
    Loco Parentis First-time mother Amy Webb proudly notates dozens of data points about her child each day and obsessively tracks their detailed progression by computer on spreadsheets, according to the provocative first-person account she wrote for Slate....
  • News of the Weird: The Toilet Club

    News of the Weird: The Toilet Club
    Beginning in 2011, about three dozen people in Tokyo have been meeting every Sunday morning at 6 a.m. on a mission to scrub down, one by one, the city's grungiest public rest rooms. “By 7:30,” according to an Associated Press reporter who...
  • 10 things you might not know about social media

    While some social media outlets are dealing with issues of privacy (is the government reading our timelines?), Twitter is going public (with plans for an initial public stock offering). And during the recent attack on a mall in Nairobi, Kenya, both the...
  • Humpty Dumpty, right; Dr. Johnson, wrong

    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!"' 'But...
  • Plug-in Cars: Where Can You Buy Them?

     
    Thursday???s pricing announcement for the Chevrolet Spark EV likely piqued some interest on the West Coast, but chances are few others gave it much attention. GM will sell the all-electric hatchback only in California and Oregon; the automaker has...
  • A Word, Please: Give a little thought to spacing

    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...
  • A Word, Please: A digital daisy train of drivel

    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...