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Package Check: Blame it on the Ladies

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  The Incredible Shrinking Weenie Any list of the least credible information sources would undoubtedly include Italian researchers and, of course, our own Rush.  In fact, that may be the only match-up where Italians come out first. It seems that the Italians have been researching the size of the male sexual organ, hard work if […]

County Fair: Some Monkey (and Gator) Business

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It’s That Time of Year This is when we celebrate the American farmer with the ubiquitous county fair: pure bred swine, rabbits, sheep and dairy steer and don’t forget the mule team obstacle course.  So much to choose from. In my youth the big attraction, livestock aside, was the “Man Fights Chimp” show where a […]

Firefighting, Flying and the Future

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To FLY The Public Domain Review is showcasing a set of cards from the end of the 19th century which depict what life will be like in the year 2000.  The 100-year-old renderings attempt to capture the lives we are living today. Not surprisingly, they portray a mechanized world.  Everything from war fighting to dry […]

Rich and (In)Famous

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This is a story about wealth and power. Word emerged this week that Denise Rich, songwriter and former wife of  well, uber-rich, Mark Rich, had renounced her American citizenship to become Austrian, in order “to be closer to her family.”  Rueters reports that Ms. Rich could save “tens of millions of dollars or more in US taxes”. […]

40,000 Years

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I don’t know my eons from my eras and the very sound of the words reminds me of rocks, dinosaurs and natural history and I start to get very sleepy. And while forty thousand years is a long time, it is just barely imaginable.  I once earned that much in dollars so I have a […]

Demise of the Wandering Mind

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No Gettysburgh Tweet I always thought that slaves in America were confined to a never-ending existence of unrelieved dawn-to-dusk forced labor.  Turns out I was mistaken, at least in part. Many 18th century slaves in the south worked in a task-based system. When they finished their task, usually hoeing a quarter-acre plot, they were done […]

T. A. and the Bet

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Some readers here will know that my vocation of late is as a DC tour guide.  I work for a company that assigns me to incoming groups who are here to see the sights.  I have not enjoyed working this much since I was a firefighter.  Curiously, the jobs have much in common.  I am […]

That Rolling Thunder

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Easy Rider Meets Easy Company   It’s Memorial Day here in the Nation’s Capital and the motorcycles have once again arrived to remind us of something.  Just exactly what remains unclear. Tens-of-thousands of doo-rag wearing white-haired Vietnam era Veterans and their legions of followers careen hither and yon in the costume and style of motorcycle […]

“Blue Balls Mystery Close to Being Solved”

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Now, that’s my kind of headline. Best, of all, it’s straight out of the Guardian. On first reading, the question appears to be, why are those balls blue? Numerous reasons come to mind, from the chronic to the acute. But the real question is not why the blue balls, but how did they get there? […]

Grieving Penn Fan Glues Self to Paterno Statue

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An obviously overwrought Penn State fan made an out-sized display of emotion today when he glued himself to the bronze statue of Joe Paterno on the university’s State College campus. The University has been overwhelmed by the historic out-pouring of grief over the long-serving coach.  Thousands of fans have traveled to the college town to […]

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