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Decoy Collection

Distracted, I didn’t notice the real set of wooden ducks creeping up behind me.

What a Difference a Period Makes

I came across the following bumper sticker today, and it set me to thinking:

I can’t find where on the web one might actually buy the bumper sticker, but it’s helped me appreciate the importance of the lowly period. Consider:

Or is this placement more appropriate?

Num num num.

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Government Shutdown An Elaborate Coverup Of Plastic-Loving, Car-Driving Aliens On Titan

Another “lapse” in government security over research into extraterrestrial technology goes right down the memory hole. [...]

The 8 Most Pathetic Star Wars Products Ever

The 8 most ridiculous attempts to wring profit out of the Star Wars movies through merchandise. Or 9. Maybe 9. Jedi don’t do math. [...]

How Many Rectangles? Give this Academic a Smart Retort

“I’ve had enough of your smart retorts!”

Ever since the long-retired Mrs. Begy tossed this condemnation at my older brother back in high school, I’ve been looking for more ways to deliver smart retorts to academics. I love learning, mind you, but I find the temptation to derail serious thinkahs is irresistable.

I can feel [...]

My Secret Shameful Pleasure

I admit it: I get a thrill out of sabotaging market research surveys. Something about lying to them gives me an adrenaline rush. [...]

Top 5 Ways To Make a Killer First Impression

5. While shaking hands, stare into the other person’s eyes with intense focus, while darting your tongue out of the corner of your mouth every 5 seconds.

4. Interrupt conversations periodically by turning your head, looking up and to the left, saying, “Stop it, mother! Why can’t you just let me be myself?”

3. Get [...]

Fair Sightings

A politically-strained civil libertarian’s got to relax, too. What better place than the county fair??

Oh, dear. There’s surveillance here, too. Even royalty are not immune.

Lies! That clearly is lettering. But it is nice to know I could just take it if I wanted to. There’s got to be a catch.

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Garden Pun

Now it’s an eScape.

Impossible Instructions

I tried following the instructions, but on the third day of phone calls my doctor got really irritated and told me to go spend time with my kids.

Surge of OCD Diagnoses in Young Adults Explained? (Chh chh chh chh, chh chh chh chh)

In the British Journal of Psychiatry, Heyman et al (2001) find a trend of rising numbers of cases of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) as people age out of childhood and into their early adult lives. What can explain this age trend? OCD Education Station writes about another trend related to time — a surge in OCD [...]