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Mitt Romney: God is a Very, Very Small Thing

“I will not take God off our coins!” — Mitt Romney, September 8 2012.

If God can fit on our coins, then He must be the size of the smallest coin. The diameter of a dime is 0.7 inches. Mitt Romney just said that God is 0.7 inches wide — or smaller!

Yes, this is [...]

So Small So Big

If you find yourself wondering how small an electron really is, or how large a galaxy can be, but can’t summon a sense of the scale, check out Scale of the Universe, from Cary and Michael Huang.

It’s an online program that allows a user to zoom from the largest of the large to [...]

DC Metro Introduces De Facto Free Speech Restrictions for Inauguration

The Secret Service has authorized people to carry signs as large as 3 feet by 20 feet at the Inaugural Parade in Washington, DC on January 20, 2009. How did the Secret Service arrive at a sign limitation of 3 feet by 20 feet? Does a sign measuring 4 feet by 21 feet conceal a [...]

Poverty in Ohio University Towns: Is it the Students?

Earlier this week, WOSU radio reported on new Census figures for poverty in the Ohio towns of Oxford and Athens. The angle at WOSU was to express surprise that the two communities had such high poverty rates (49.3% and 52.3% of individuals respectively), even though they were built around large, stable universities. If even these [...]