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The World’s Most Hideous Consolation Card?

“Tough cookie,” the card said.

When I picked up this card in the grocery store the other day, I read the literal words on the left. The underlying message, as I read the card in between the lines, sits on the right:

Sympathy cards are cultural markers. Only rarely do the cards simply [...]

Happy Isaac Newton Eve!

Writing for the New York Times, Olivia Judson observed yesterday that more than one luminary’s birth has been pegged to the day of December 25: Isaac Newton was also born on that day, at least under the older Julian calendar. That makes today Isaac Newton Eve.

Judson somewhat jeeringly suggests that supporters of science [...]