Books: The Armchair Economist

I love riddles. I don't mean the Laffy Taffy "What kind of shoes do ghosts wear?" kind (well, actually I love those too), but the non-funny kind that crop up in daily life and require a heapin' helping of lateral thinking to unravel. This is why, a while back, I got obsessed with Traffic Flow Theory: the study of how

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Read Moby Dick

David Sedaris says he read Moby Dick. The liar. Well, I assume he's lying, because (a) he's a humorist (i.e., professional liar) and (b) it's well known that 71% of all Moby-Dick-reading claims are lies. But Sedaris provides a fairly believable account of how he managed to pull it off, so, I dunno -- maybe he did read it. It's

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REO Speedwagon Arrested

Hanson described letters from Speedwagon as "increasingly incoherent."REO Speedwagon was arrested today for breaking, entering, and assault, after crashing through the door of an California beachhouse and crawling across the floor in pursuit of Cynthia Hanson, the owner of the home. Hanson, who filed a restraining order against Speedwagon in April, says she has long anticipated such an incident. "What

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Bus Pass

Chatting with a female friend.Me: I dunno what it is, but I've seen a lot of attempted pick-ups on the bus recently. L: Yeah? Me: It's like open season or something. Has anyone ever tried to pick you up on the bus? L: Sure. It happens from time to time. Me: Really? What do they say? L: Oh, you know.

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Of Owls And Uranium

When I was a college student, my classmates couldn't expel a lungful of air without articulating the phrase "Spotted Owl". Now, granted, I was an Environmental Science major at the aggressively liberal Evergreen State College, which is situated within chainsaw-earshot of the Olympic Peninsula, epicenter of the whole "Spotted Owl" brouhaha. So it's perhaps unsurprising that we all had Strix

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Toy Fury

Me: Did you hear that story they just had on NPR? I guess they're saying that kids in daycare are more aggressive than stay-at-home kids. The Queen: Well, if the daycares they studied are like the one I went to, it's probably because they only have one toy and the kids have to fight over it ALL DAY LONG! <Awkward

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A League Of Extraordinarily Bad Reviews

The critics are raving about LXG!"Unfathomable balderdash." -- Megan Lehmann, NEW YORK POST "It's not brazenly bad or heroically bad or stridently bad. It's bad in all the old, dull ways of being bad: poor performances, absurd story, dreary special effects, witless dialogue and the excessive length of someone taking himself far too seriously." -- Stephen Hunter, WASHINGTON POST "Outragously

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Team-Building Exercise

Conversation at a social gathering.Hetrosexual Female Buddy: Hey, your [female] friend S. is really cute. Me: Yep. She's single, too, in case you ever decide to switch teams. HFB: Really? Hmmmmm. [Ponders] Wait a minute: has she switched teams? Me: Ah, no. So you'd also have to talk her into that. HFB: Ummmmmm ... yeah, that sounds like too much

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MORE LIKE THE TOUR DE RIP-OFF!!!

Hey everybody. Sorry I haven't been posting very much recently, but The Queen and I are on vacation. I wish I could say we're having a good time, but, I gotta tell you, this is the WORST summer trip I have ever taken!! It sounded pretty good when I signed up for it: a completely free (!!) tour of France

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Research Day: Gout, Tridents, and High Concept

What is gout? While reading that Benjamin Franklin book, I was struck by how many people of that era (including Ben himself) were afflicted with gout. Unfortunately, the book never explained the ailment, and these days you almost never hear of someone suffering from it. All of which got me wondering if gout hasn't been eradicated or renamed. Well, according

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