Monthly Archives: October 2006

Uh, you know, I’ll be fine with just the butter

Theodore Grey salts his popcorn: Sodium is a soft, silvery metal that explodes violently on contact with water and burns skin by reacting with even the slightest moisture. Chlorine is a choking yellow gas, used with mixed success in the trenches of World War I (it was known to have killed about equal numbers on […]
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Step one: Give them candy

This headline on MSN is, thankfully, accompanied by a picture, and that helps to clarify things a little. But still… maybe this was a headline worth rethinking. Speaking of odd headlines, I am also nettled by this spam subject line: “The ultimate cup of coffee every time.”
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KFC getting trans fat off its menus

I guess that’s good news, except for this part: Officials at KFC, a subsidiary of Yum Brands of Louisville, Ky., said the change in cooking oils would have no impact on the taste of its food. Oh. That’s a damn shame.
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Good point.

Scott Adams: I believe worries [about electronic voting machines] are totally misplaced. Now don’t get me wrong – there’s a 100% chance that the voting machines will get hacked and all future elections will be rigged.  But that doesn’t mean we’ll get a worse government. It probably means that the choice of the next American […]
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Let’s go to the videotape. Okay, the DVD.

Part of the weekend was spent watching old, hysterically funny game show clips from Brian’s mammoth collection. Three highlights must be shared. First, and my personal favorite, is a woman named Beverlie Peters, and her appearance on the game show Press Your Luck. As you may recall, in this game one answers trivia questions, and […]
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The 2006 Miami Herald Hunt (or, you can’t cheat Death, and counting him is pretty tricky, too)

I flew down to Florida this weekend to hang out with some friends from the National Puzzlers’ League, and take a shot at the Miami Herald Hunt, an annual puzzlefest created by Dave Barry and Tom Shroder. Professional puzzle constructor Trip Payne and his partner Brian live in nearby Ft. Lauderdale and have done the […]
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Silly rabbit, political favors are for the rich and well-connected

Back in July, a music producer named Dallas Austin was caught in Dubai with a small bag of cocaine. (He was attending a birthday party for Naomi Campbell. And he was the only one caught with drugs?!) He was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison. But never fear! Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch — […]
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Daily Puzzle Gazette

(That’s what this blog seems to be turning into, so I might as well go with it.) I think I’ve done everything I’m supposed to do with today’s Tanga, but I still don’t have an answer. Aggravating… San Jose Semaphore is an art installation by Ben Rubin… and it’s also a puzzle. He’s inviting all […]
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Since my name was invoked, I feel obligated to chime in

So the president-elect of Mexico has compared the wall the U.S. will build along the Mexican border with the Berlin Wall. I guess it’s the obvious thing to do — after all, they’re both walls. But, gee, isn’t there an obvious distinction to be made between the two structures? Our wall, when it’s built, will […]
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Yer daily puzzle commentary

I had an interesting, and perhaps unique, reaction to today’s New York Times crossword. In the space of less than ten seconds I went from saying “I don’t understand this theme one solitary bit” to saying “Damn, this is the same theme I just sent to Will myself!” This is not the first time I’ve been […]
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