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Jul 29 2014

Dancing your way into your pants

The things people think up. Call me square but I think I’ll put on my pants the old-fashioned way, one leg at a time.

Jul 28 2014

More tricks from Richard Wiseman

Wiseman is an academic and amateur magician who periodically comes up with interesting little tricks and explains how they are done.

Jul 23 2014

Request to readers

Some readers of this blog very kindly send me links to items that they think may be of interest. I appreciate them and often use them in subsequent posts. I do have a request, though, that is triggered by the fact that there are many spam messages out there that use links and attachments as …

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Jul 18 2014

‘Ghost’ occupants of luxury homes

The boom-bust nature of the American economy has now spawned ‘ghost tenants’, people who are essentially high-end house sitters. It works like this. Suppose you have a huge luxury house that you need to move out of and want to sell. You don’t want to leave the house empty or with a caretaker because houses …

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Jul 17 2014

How to parallel park perfectly each time

Some years ago, I attended a function at my daughter’s high school. These events are very well attended and parking is hard to get but I found a space and parked and was walking towards the building when a car came to a stop in the middle of the street where there was a parking …

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Jul 16 2014

Can you figure it out?

parking-riddle

What is the number that is obscured by the car?

Jul 16 2014

Anonymity

Some years ago, I gave my views on the use of pseudonyms and on sockpuppetry but I want to briefly return to it to clarify a point.

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Jul 13 2014

How I choose which team to cheer for

I am not in general a sports fan. I used to follow sports quite avidly but over time have got very disenchanted with professional sports in particular because they have long become just a big business with greedy owners and corrupt officials exploiting fans. I have disengaged from each sport I used to follow one …

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Jul 13 2014

What LeBron James has really learned

Cleveland sports fans let out a collective sigh of relief and whooped it up when LeBron James announced that he was returning to the local basketball team the Cavaliers, four years after he infuriated his adoring fans here with his grandiose departure. This was much bigger news than that the Republican party had picked the …

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Jul 11 2014

A funeral innovation I can do without

Funerals are not fun events. One goes to them to show one’s sympathy for the loved ones of the deceased and they are usually events that have a certain solemn decorum with the body in a casket and people filing past to pay their respects. If the casket is open, the body looks composed and …

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