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Wednesday, December 12, 2018 14/85459

FDR: June 21st, 365, the date of the big Mediterranean earthquake and tsunami, lived in infamy for a few centuries before fading. Maybe the trick is a catchy rhyme; the '5th of November' thing is still going strong over 400 years later.

Monday, December 10, 2018 14/85442

Laptop Issues: Hang on, we got a call from the feds. They say we can do whatever with him, but the EPA doesn't want that laptop in the ocean. They're sending a team.

Saturday, December 8, 2018 14/85413

Mercator Projection: The other great lakes are just water on the far side of Canada Island. If you drive north from the Pacific northwest you actually cross directly into Alaska, although a few officials--confused by the Mercator distortion--have put up border signs.

Thursday, December 6, 2018 14/85392

Middle Latitudes: Snowy blizzards are fun, but so are warm sunny beaches, so we split the difference by having lots of icy wet slush!

Monday, December 3, 2018 14/85374

Cohort and Age Effects: Younger people get very few joint replacements, yet they're also getting more than older people did at the same age. This means you can choose between 'Why are millennials getting so (many/few) joint replacements?' depending on which trend fits your current argument better.

Friday, November 30, 2018 14/85345

Alpha Centauri: And let's be honest, it's more like two and a half stars. Proxima is barely a star and barely bound to the system.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 14/85317

Popper: At least, I don't think there's evidence. My claim that there's no evidence hasn't been falsified. At least, not that I know of.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 14/85300

Heist: But he has a hat AND a toolbox! Where could someone planning a heist get THOSE?

Friday, November 23, 2018 14/85274

Horror Movies 2: When I was a kid, someone told me the end of The Giver was ambiguous, which surprised me. I had just assumed Jonah died--because the book had a medal on the cover, and I knew grown-ups liked stories where sad stuff happens at the end for no reason.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 14/85235

Update Your Address: This is my four-digit PIN. It was passed down to me by my father, and someday I will pass it on to you. Unless we figure out how to update it, but that sounds complicated.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 14/85219

Airplanes and Spaceships: Despite having now taken three months longer than the airplane people, we're making disappointingly little progress toward the obvious next stage of vehicle: The Unobtanium-hulled tunneling ship from the 2003 film 'The Core.'

Friday, November 16, 2018 14/85173

Kilogram: I'm glad to hear they're finally redefining the meter to be exactly three feet.

Friday, November 16, 2018 14/85158

Evaluating Tech Things: Also known as the Black Mirror-Mythbusters scale.

Monday, November 12, 2018 14/85110

Indirect Detection: I'm like a prisoner in Plato's Cave, seeing only the shade you throw on the wall.