Johnny “Football” Manziel Throwing It Away
The cops knocked on another door last night and guess who answered? If you said Johnny Manziel, the pride of Texas, you’d be right, although the odds were pretty much stacked in your favor. Something like 67% of all police calls these days involve the ubiquitously undisciplined (soon to be ex-?) Cleveland Browns quarterback. If…
Should I Fear Storms With Names?
For the past three years, The Weather Channel has adopted a widely criticized advertising strategy of giving names to winter storms. They’re not doing it to make you safer, or even to make it simpler to take about storms. What they want to do is get you talking about these storms and, more importantly, clicking on…
Jesus Took The Wheel? Should Have Tried Brakes.
A number of websites and media outlets are busily covering the story of fortunate lovers and now viral stars of the hour Arika Stovall and Hunter Hanks, whose unlikely survival of a brutal, high speed one vehicle accident has been described in outlets like CNN, Fox News, and others as “heartwarming,” “touching,” and “miraculous.” It…
Stupid Stuff Micro-Post: Apple Watch
Stupid Headlines that show up in my news aggregator, and maybe even other Stupid Stuff that I find–a new tradition I talked about here. Who knows? No one knows–it’s a big, damn mystery. But the world is brimming with Stupid, and I’m setting out to document it and share it with you on days that…
Another Yellowstone Tourist Thumped By Bison? Go Figure.
I spent a few summers working in the tourist industry in Wyoming a few centuries ago, and I’m looking forward to taking my kids there to see the sights and meet some of my great co-workers for a reunion this summer. It’s good to see some things haven’t changed–like killer nachos and tourists doing really,…
Why Cities Fail: New Brighton/Rochester, PA
It was almost a good day Sunday–we looked up friends from Pittsburgh and met them at the Beaver County Maple Festival (story and pictures to follow–maybe) and had a great time. On the way home, fat on stacks of buckwheat pancakes and fresh, warm maple syrup, we decided to check out some terra incognita by…
1 In 4 Americans Think Sun Rotates Around Earth
I’m posting this link out of shame and disgust. Ugh! I guess it’s what creationism gets us. http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/14/277058739/1-in-4-americans-think-the-sun-goes-around-the-earth-survey-says No, they’re not exaggerating. Or making it up as part of some “socialistic” plot. And adding these as a public service: