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Just In Time For Towel Day, It’s Exoplanets

Today a serious scientific discussion of ‘exo-planets’, but first a quick reminder about Towel Day, which is just around the corner. Towel Day is celebrated every year on 25 May as a tribute to the author Douglas Adams by his fans. On this day, fans carry a towel with them to demonstrate their appreciation for the … Continue reading

All Hat, No Nukes?

The phrase “All Hat, No Cattle” first came to my attention when George W. Bush was in the White House, and his critics used it to suggest he didn’t have the substance to back up his policies. But that was then, and this is now. Today’s Wall Street Journal contains an article about North Korea’s … Continue reading

Those Ancient Romans Knew How To Package Their Product

Rome has seven famous hills, and an eighth that should be equally famous as a monument to product packaging, Mt. Testaccio. I learned about this when reading Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr. I also learned to be grateful that I never had to raise twins, but that’s another story. Mt. Testaccio is composed almost … Continue reading

Is That A Pistol In Your Pocket, Or Are You Just Glad To See Me?

Mae West was known for her bawdy quips, such as that famous Pocket Pistol quote. She made this remark in February 1936, at the railway station in Los Angeles upon her return from Chicago, when a Los Angeles police officer was assigned to escort her home. She first delivered the line on film in She … Continue reading

Don’t Stop Now, Let’s Just Put Everything In Oil Drums!

At least the lawyers kiss you first. I’m not a huge fan of the legal profession, but compared to the people who package the laundry detergent at warehouse stores, they are squeeky clean. About three years ago we consumers were the beneficiaries of a huge step forward in state-of-the-art packaging. Laundry Detergent delivered in new … Continue reading

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