There's been a lot of talk in the news lately about a devastating earthquake that will someday hit the Pacific Northwest. It all started last month, when The New Yorker published a story called "The Really Big One." A lot of people are really freaked out about this, including my daughter. While the overall details of the article are … Continue reading Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On (Someday)
By now you've probably all seen the video of Tara, the hero cat who saved a little boy from a vicious dog attack. In case you live under a rock (or still have dial-up), here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-Opm9b2WDk When I first saw this video, I felt justified. Because I'm a cat owner in a dog eat dog … Continue reading What Would My Cat Do?
If you're like me, you've probably followed the travails of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 for weeks now. It's kind of hard not to get sucked in: this story has it all. Mystery, drama, and intrigue. Stolen passports. Deleted flight simulator data. Cell phones that keep on ringing. It has become the biggest mystery of modern times, … Continue reading Mightier Than Julius Caesar
We were shopping for groceries last weekend and needed limes. I was dismayed to find them priced at 89 cents each. Normally, they cost about a quarter. "Do they think we're rubes?" I said. "Forget it. We'll buy them somewhere else." The next day, we were Somewhere Else. And guess what? They were selling limes for 99 cents … Continue reading When Life Hands You Lemons, Ask For Limes
On Colorado's Interstate 70, mile marker 420 signs kept disappearing, winding up in the possession of pot smokers, who wanted a snicker-worthy souvenir to celebrate their favorite pastime. 420, in case you live under a rock, is a revered number in cannabis culture, shorthand for "let's get high." The term was invented by a group … Continue reading Outwitting The 420 Brigade
We were watching Saturday Night Live the other day, and they were doing a sketch on Nelson Mandela's funeral with a sign language interpreter who was using fake sign language. Pretty humorous, I thought, but what did it have to do with anything real? "Umm," Tara said. "You know, the sign language interpreter who used fake sign … Continue reading When Fake is Real: How I Became More Smarter
There's been a crime wave of epic proportions sweeping through the Rose City lately, and its got all of us on edge. This unprecedented streak of criminal activity began with a roving band of chefs swooping into residents' yards at night and stealing herbs from their gardens. An apartment manager whose complex is located suspiciously … Continue reading Sous Chefs (and Nerds) On The Prowl
Did you hear the wonderful news?! German researchers have found in a new study that eating bacon leads to a longer life! Seriously. I'm not making this up. Click on the link if you don't believe me. Bacon, you see, is high in niacin. This study showed that roundworms who were fed niacin lived 10% … Continue reading Bacon: It Does a Body Good
I came across a story the other day about a man who died in a Burger King restaurant in the U.K. Seems the gent had stopped in at lunchtime, and had a Whopper of a heart attack. He collapsed while standing in line, and staff tried to revive him but were unsuccessful. Fortunately, nobody asked … Continue reading Would You Like a Coffin With That?
It's weird, this being-without-a-Pope thing. I mean, it's happened before, of course. Popes die while Pontiff-icating (or whatever else you call the act of being the Pope - "Poping," maybe?) all the time. It's (usually) the only way "the office" becomes vacant. Some people are claiming that Pope Benedict XVI is the Vatican's version of … Continue reading Popelessly Devoted To You