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  • Connecticut is Expensive, Haunted and Boring

    Connecticut is Expensive, Haunted and Boring
    The best way to see what people are thinking is to see what they are Googling. And that is exactly what one blogger did, compiling a list of Google auto-complete suggestions for the phrase “Why is [fill in the state] so…” What...
  • 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...
  • News of the Weird: Gaza Cosmetics Company Offering Anti-Israel Perfume

    News of the Weird: Gaza Cosmetics Company Offering Anti-Israel Perfume
    Updating “The Smell of Napalm in the Morning”: A cosmetics company in Gaza recently began selling a fragrance dedicated to victory over Israel and named after the signature M-75 missile that Hamas has been firing across the border. “...
  • News of the Weird: Electric Chastity Belt

    News of the Weird: Electric Chastity Belt
    To counter the now-well-publicized culture of rape in India, three engineers in Chennai said in March that they are about to send to the market women's anti-rape lingerie, which will provide both a stun-gun-sized blast of electricity against an...
  • Tom Z's Highly Unethical College Football Gambling Picks: Week 9

    Tom Z's Highly Unethical College Football Gambling Picks: Week 9
    Well, we’ve reached that point of the season where everyone starts freaking out about hypothetical situations. “Can Kansas State jump Florida to get into the top two?” “Will Oregon go undefeated and be left out of the...
  • Condi presided over a catastrophe. So why is she lecturing Obama?

    Condi presided over a catastrophe. So why is she lecturing Obama?
    WASHINGTON — To watch Condoleezza Rice, the face of George W. Bush's foreign policy, stand before a convention of cheering Republicans and condemn Barack Obama for diminishing America's standing in the world — one can only gasp at the...
  • Downton Abbey

     
    My wife gives me control of the TV remote most of the time, which is why we watch so much sports, lowbrow reality shows and old movies. But occasionally, she'll request that we DVR something loftier. That's how we happened......
  • Land of Linkin'

     
    Surf's up! "Why Women Still Can't Have It All" by Princeton Professor Anne-Marie Slaughter, reportedly the best read story in the history of the Atlantic's website. She responds here to the controversy. The history of the remote control: Why are......
  • Wall Street is Like Penn State, According to Eliot Spitzer

    Wall Street is Like Penn State, According to Eliot Spitzer
    In a new article for Slate.com, former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer (my college graduation speaker!) advocates for regulation by claiming that the culture on Wall Street is much like the culture that allowed Penn State to harbor a serial child molester...
  • Obama doesn't really like country music

    Obama doesn't really like country music
    When President Obama gives a speech, he almost always exits the stage to a country song. Recently Obama released a Spotify playlist, and it was primarily made up of country music. You could easily make the case that country is the official genre of the...