Enemy Combatants

If the Justice Department gets its way, all they'll have to do is declare you an "enemy combatant" in the War Against Terrorism and you will be stripped of all your rights: denied council, held indefinitely, and the courts will not be allowed to second-guess the decision to give you the "enemy combatant" label. Next up: people suspected of being

Read more

Ease of Use

First check out this Ease of Use poster from IBM. Then check out the "ordering instructions" that accompany it. Spotted by TNLNYC, stolen from mefi.

Read more

My Abdomen Always Rings Twice

I bought one of those new cell phones that fit in your tooth last week and have been using it on and off since then. But this morning, while eating my Cap'n Crunch, it came loose and I swallowed it. I called the cell phone company but they said there was nothing they could do -- I'd just have to

Read more

Watchin’ Tv At the Gym

All the tvs are muted, but the programs have close captioning. The problem is that they lag: when a segment starts the captions reflect what the person on screen is actually saying, but by the time the next commercial rolls around the video is usually several minutes ahead of the text. This results in the captioning for the show continuing

Read more

Don’t Spend All My Love

I finally got so sick of that "Don't Spend All My Love (In One Place)" song that I took action. You know the song I mean, the one by Friday Father that you hear on every radio station and at baseball games and on tv commercials, the one with the tune so awful yet catchy that you can't get it

Read more

Cinerama Story

I was at in a bar yesterday evening and one of my companions told a great story that I am hereby stealing. I will endeavor to retell it as best I can. First a bit of background. "SIFF" is the "Seattle International Film Festival", an annual event during which many of the larger theaters suspend their usual schedules for a

Read more

Write Your Own Political Thriller

Oh, so you want to write a political thriller? Okay, here's your plot. Set it in the present -- same time, same world, same middle-eastern crisis -- except have both Pakistan and India in the World Cup. Then send an international team of espionage agents over to Japan to work behind the scenes, doing everything in their power to ensure

Read more

How Does Soap Work

Dear Answer Guy, How does soap work? Heather Kern, Panda Springs, OH Soap molecules are made up of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms. These three elements work in conjunction to lower the self-esteem of dirt and grime, eventually driving it off all together. Your body is covered with a protective layer of oil, secreted by your skin. This layer forms

Read more