Depressed and/or bored by recent political news? Hey, me too! So a pretty much politics-free post today.
Remember that story that everyone, including me, posted yesterday
about Maine middle-schoolers getting detentions for intentionally
mind! (last item)
I am way out of Ken Jennings's league, trivia-wise, but I'm with him
in spirit. His latest posting is (roughly) about people with wildly
different life accomplishments. I would not have guessed that, for
[Nina Wilcox] Putnam not only co-wrote the story for Boris Karloff's The Mummy—she also designed the IRS's 1040 form! The horror…the horror…
Indeed. And yet, I feel somehow smarter knowing that.
Ken's exaggerating, though, when he says that Fred Astaire was 85 years old when he was in Funny Face. He was only about 57, which is … er, uncomfortably close to my current age.
Never you mind what I said before; this Jennings kid is a young smartypants whippersnapper. Deserves a good beatin', says I.
I liked this quote, seen at Little Green
Footballs, attributed to Daniel J. Boorstin:
The greatest obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, the continents and the ocean was not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge.
"The Illusion of Knowledge" would be a pretty good name for a
If you feel like you'll be wanting to
rage against the machine in the foreseeable future,
you'll want to check out Cracked's "25 Most
Nonsensical Protest Signs". You'll want to know mistakes to avoid.
(The rainbow flag in the protester's other hand should clue you that this is a parody; confirmation on that is here.)