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Category Archive: Cool Stuff

Mar 11 2014

Don’t Panic!

… but it has been thirty years since the original Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy game was released. I remember playing it. A 30th anniversary online version of the game is now available over at the BBC: A word of warning This game will kill you frequently. It’s a bit mean like that. But don’t …

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Feb 27 2014

Godless Gold Is Worth More, Apparently

A couple found a stash of coins In cans half lost to rust Gold coins, so old some even lack The phrase “In God We Trust” There’s one coin, termed “miraculous”, Uncirculated, gold That doesn’t say “In God We Trust” Like others just as old That year the motto first appeared— This coin slipped in …

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Feb 21 2014

A Tasty And Nutritious Sausage, Low Fat and Low Sodium, With Only A *Hint* Of Baby Poop

The latest health craze? Here’s the scoop: It’s sausage made with baby poop. Or (as the press release explains) With cultured pro-biotic strains So you can populate your gut With flora from a baby’s butt The best advice these authors give? For better health… eat shit and live! This is actually a pretty cool paper, …

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Feb 18 2014

Chronic Pain? Take A Peruvian Green Velvet Tarantula And Call Me In The Morning

A lab in New Haven Held biotech mavens Who looked at the functions of nerves Along came a spider With venom inside her So they looked at purpose it serves See, nature is cunning And spiders are stunning— No, really; their bites stun their prey So maybe a toxin Some synapse, just locks in And …

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Feb 13 2014

Backyard Dinosaur Count This Weekend

It’s time to count the dinosaurs— It shouldn’t be that hard Just grab yourself a window That overlooks your yard A pencil and some paper To make a little list A “field guide to the dinosaurs” To name the ones you missed The count begins this Friday, And by Sunday night, it’s done It’s time …

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Jan 05 2014

Because. Just Because.

The American Dialect Society, which does this sort of thing, has voted that the 2013 Word of the Year is “Because”. Because reasons: Presiding at the Jan. 3 voting session were ADS Executive Secretary Allan Metcalf of MacMurray College, and Ben Zimmer, chair of the New Words Committee of the American Dialect Society and executive …

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Jan 04 2014

Planting A Seed…

So I sold only a handful of (War Against) Christmas books (e-version here)–not terribly surprising, since it was a last-minute idea that came to fruition right at the time I had the least possible free time to promote it. The only bad thing about it is that with fewer units sold, there was relatively little …

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Oct 17 2013

Adopt A Shelter Pet

Just saw this referenced on Letterman: The cuttledogs are shelter/rescue dogs; I agree with Paul Shaffer and his daughter–why would you want anything else? October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month.

Oct 10 2013

Two-Year-Old Boy Carries Unborn Twin

It’s rare, of course, but not unheard of. This recent case from China: …reminds me of the last time I visited this subject, thanks to Shelley at Retrospectacle (now defunct), when the muse was a… unique… knitting project. “Teratoma”, or “Knit me a Sister”. “I have an invisible friend”, I said, “But she doesn’t hide …

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Sep 03 2013

Waiter! This Coffee Doesn’t Taste Like Shit!

I grind my coffee fresh each day, A hearty, fragrant scoop With hints of citric acid, and A note of civet poop But with the market full of fakes I might just have to quit… I mean, who wants a cup of joe That doesn’t taste like shit? Via NPR, the latest on Civet Cat …

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