Category Archives: Stupidity

Grandma Got Run Over by a Midterm

Many years ago, when I headed off to college, I had just one living parent and one surviving grandparent. Barring some unforeseen tragedy, my oldest son should ship off to his still-unknown alma mater not only with both me and … Continue reading

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Dear Woody Johnson

Congratulations on being appointed Ambassador to Great Britain. Believe it or not, the pomp and prestige of the office you’re assuming rivals that of owning the 27th best football team in the NFL.  As a former American expat who lived … Continue reading

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Math Is Hard

Store clerk: “If you open up a store card today you’ll get 55% off of whatever you buy.” Me: “Awesome.” And so that’s how I went from buying a single pair of shoes to a whole bunch of stuff. At … Continue reading

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I ♥ Molvania

You know you’re doing something wrong (or very, very right) if the correction to your story gets thousands more page views than your actual article. So, in case you missed it, The New York Times had one for the ages … Continue reading

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Vox populi

According to an opinion poll, 45% of the American public believes the U.S. should help the Syrian rebels if the government uses chemical weapons against them. Should Assad be quaking in his jackboots? Well, he probably should, but not because … Continue reading

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Warning, do not attempt

Just how litigious is American society? We’ve all heard the tale of the woman who put a steaming cup of coffee that she had just bought at a McDonald’s between her legs. Sustaining burns in her “pelvic region” when it … Continue reading

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Asteroids

I got a request from the friend of a friend a couple of weeks ago to write a short freelance piece about, of all things, asteroid mining. Not exactly right up my alley, but he said they wanted to look … Continue reading

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Greater fuels or greater fools? (part 2)

So if your eyes didn’t glaze over reading about neutrinos, hydrinos and doofusinos in my last post, you may be wondering why I think promoters of revolutionary new energy sources may be bullshitters rather than liars. And what’s the difference … Continue reading

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Greater fuels or greater fools? (Part 1)

By now most of you have heard about some astounding new discoveries that may prove Einstein was wrong about a critical assumption – that nothing can exceed the speed of light. Whether or not further experiments corroborate the findings about neutrinos, … Continue reading

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Prius envy

If F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous (and apocryphal) line that “the rich are different from you and me” were updated from Paris in the twenties to Hollywood today then Ernest Hemingway’s reply might have been” “Yes, they can afford to be … Continue reading

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