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The Sheep Go Baa

Spotted a few feet away from the Transportation Security Agency’s full-body scanner in the Houston airport:

Say baa, America.

Walk Through the Solar System on the National Mall

The next time you’re in Washington DC with your family, why not take a walk through the solar system?

It’s not the first to-scale walking model of the solar system in existence (that honor, I think, goes to the Carl Sagan Planet Walk in Ithaca, NY), and it’s not the spiffiest expression of astronomical […]

Knitting Needles: Fine on a Plane, But not in the halls of Congress

One of the oddities of the Transportation Security Agency is its knitting needle policy. You can’t bring the thinnest and tiniest of drill bits on board in your carryon bag. You can’t bring a pair of pliers onto a plain in your carry-on bag. You can’t bring a Dr. Scholl’s gel insert for your shoe […]

Ron Paul Speaks Against Groping And Gawking

Ron Paul spoke strongly against the genital caresses and nude x-rays that the TSA is forcing upon air travelers in the United States. […]

Better than a Fair to keep you Fair: Longacre Farms Maize Maze

I love going to county fairs in the summertime to animalwatch, to peoplewatch, to test my stomach’s fortitude on rides and to test my stomach’s fortitude at the booths. Fairs are loads of fun, but it’s hard to say that they’re easy on your waistline. With the exception of those new bungee contraptions, all the […]

Selective Clubbing in Portland, Maine

In yesterday’s Sunday New York Times, Lionel Beehner made the case for staying away from the most concentrated clubbing area in Portland, Maine. According to Beehner, “The bars along Wharf Street can get pretty fratty.” Beehner suggests you go bowling instead. Erm.

It just so happens that I was on Portland’s cobblestone, pedestrian-only Wharf Street […]

Cultural Blending at the Ross County Fair

I love the cultural blends that shape America.

I can also report that a deep-fried Twinkie tastes just about as awful as you’d expect.

Are these hotel perks for families? Are they new?

Roger Yu’s article in yesterday’s USA Today grabbed my attention for its headline claim that “Hotels court business travelers’ spouses, kids.”

Yu’s examples of new perks offered to court the spouses and children of business travelers:

•In 2011, Homewood Suites will revamp and expand its hotels’ fitness facilities. They’ll also install machines that have plug-in […]

Common Good Cafe an uncommonly good stop on Mt. Desert Island

If you find yourself on Mount Desert Island, perhaps to see the most extravagant beauties of Acadia National Park, take a stop to the often-neglected southwestern corner of the island for two highlights: the Wonderland trail leads to a low-tide tidepooling paradise with starfish and limpets and mussels and crabs and an astonishing variety […]

London’s New Motto

On every street in the center of town there are multiple cameras aimed in multiple directions, making it impossible to have a moment of privacy. […]

Entero, cocci! Behind the Maine Healthy Beaches Initiative

This morning, some visiting extended family members and I took a trip to the little-known pocket beach called Goodies Beach in Rockport, Maine. It was a sunny day, the water was warm enough to swim in with a bit of pluck, and we were all having a blast noodling about with buckets, shovels, splashes, hermit […]