Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Back For Your Water

The other day I decide to make myself a nice, relaxing cup of tea. Crazy, I know. I'm spontaneous like that. I filled a glass mug up with water, stuck it in the microwave for two minutes (my standard tea-making, water-hottening unit of time), and then busied myself with other tasks. In response to the beeping sometime later, I walked

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Certainties

Death Taxes If you look at one of those big, digital clocks on the side of banks--you know, the kind that alternate between the time and temperature?--it will be displaying whichever statistic you are not currently trying to ascertain.

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Libby’s Pardon

For the last few days, friends have been asking me what I think of the Libby pardon, and then sort of stepping back, wary but with looks amused anticipation on their faces, waiting for me to erupt in incensed indignation. And they are invariably disappointed when I instead shrug and say, "I don't see how Libby going to jail matters,

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Games: Twilight Struggle

Last year on the Fourth of July I wrote about US themed board games. Let's make a tradition of it, what hey? The board games I tend to highlight on this site are those I refer to as GGGs: Good Gateway Games (or, around the holiday season, Good Gift Games). In other words, games that are easy to teach and

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Tilt

Squiggle was walking around the house yesterday, counting to himself. I realized he had reached the nineties and was curious to know what would happen, so I stopped to listen."ninety-six" "ninety-seven" "ninety-eight" "ninety-nine"Here he paused for a moment and thought. Then:"Zero-zero!" Oh, great. Kid's got a rollover error.

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100 Words

The editors of the American Heritage dictionary recently compiled a list of "100 words they recommend every high school graduate should know." I always like to check out lists like this, and see how many of the entries I am already familiar with. The answer is, invariably, "nearly all of them." Not because I have a stellar vocabulary, but because

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