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“I kissed her, and it tasted like chocolate”

This is just adorable. On my afternoon peregrination around Hyde Park, I came across this new historical marker, which sits in front of the former location of Baskin-Robbins. Although my photo cut it off a bit, you can read what it’s about: This is the kind of historical marker I like. Transcript: “On our first date, […]

OMG: $6100!

Bidding on the autographed and Houle-illustrated copy of WEIT has gone up another thousand simoleons, and there’s still a bit more than a day left: I take no credit for that high price, which I attribute to all the nice autographs that festoon the book and the spiffy artwork, but I’m still pleased that it […]

The first U.S. penny touts science, not God

Reader Will called my attention to a new piece in CNN News describing the auction of the first U.S. one cent coin for a cool 1.2 million dollars. Now that’s a pretty penny! It’s the famous “Birch Cent,” made in 1792, and apparently only ten of them are in existence. But what’s nice about it is what Will imparted in […]

My review of “Evolving Ourselves” in WaPo

A while back I wrote a review of a new book by Juan Enriquez and Steve Gullans: Evolving Ourselves: How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation Are Changing Life on Earth. That review has just appeared in the Washington Post (free online at the link). For reasons that escape me, it’s in the “opinion” section, though perhaps the Post doesn’t have a […]

The New Yorker bloviates on the Germanwings crash, citing the Bible, Shakespeare, and Conrad

So someone probably told New Yorker staff writer Philip Gourevitch that he had to write a few words about the Germanwings plane crash, and about the horrific likelihood that it was a suicide combined with mass murder. There’s not much to say about it, really, because we don’t know much now, but that’s never stopped the New […]

Cornell Dean welcomes ISIS to his campus

This is what seems like a sting operation conducted on a hapless academic administrator, Cornell’s assistant dean for students, Joseph Scaffido. As originally reported by the New York Post, an investigator working for the conservative group Project Veritas posed as a prospective Moroccan student and visited Scaffido, asking if the university would be amenable to having […]

Caturday felid trifecta: Cat armor, camo cats, and Pusheen makes a muffin

Once again, with the help of readers I have scoured the Internet, which is replete with cats, to find just the right ones for today’s selection. From Kotaku we get some truly stunning cat armor, guaranteed to protect your moggie from other cats, harassing crows, and other sources of annoyance and bites. Wouldn’t your cat look fearsome […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Send in your photos, folks! Although I have a fairly comfortable backlog, we Jews (cultural or religious) always worry. . . . Today we have two wildlife photos and then some travel photos, since H. sapiens is also wildlife. First, from Stephen Barnard in Idaho: The Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) is incubating eggs in a […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue

It’s too damn early! Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is complaining about the surfeit of mice (which she eats)? Srsly??? Hili: Sisyphean labor, this catching mice in the garden. A: Why? Hili: They are like rabbits. A: So big? Hili: No, so pious – no contraception. In Polish: Hili: Syzyfowa praca z tym łapaniem myszy w […]

Clouded leopard cub overwhelms the internet

One of the world’s most beautiful cats (my favorite is still Pallas’s Cat) is the clouded leopard Neofelis nebulosa, a denizen of southeast Asian forests—and highly endangered.  Habitat loss and poaching have reduced the cat’s population to around 10,000, and that’s not many. That’s why people are excited about the birth of a clouded leopard cub […]

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