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Monthly Archives: October, 2013

WHEN IS A CHICKEN NOT A CHICKEN?

FORD MIGHT have thought U.S. Customs forgot about the “chicken tax”—but, if so, Ford was wrong. I hadn’t thought of the chicken tax in years, but I refreshed my memory … Continue reading

October 31, 2013 · 3 Comments

ORSON’S WAR AND WORLD

THIS IS the 75th anniversary of The Mercury Theater on the Air October 30, 1938, broadcast of H.G. Well’s War of the Worlds. A tale oft told, Orson Welles’ radio … Continue reading

October 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

HOW (WHY) THE MOON?

OUR MOON is more familiar than any other celestial object, yet there are still plenty of puzzles. For instance, how—and why—did the moon come to be? An article, “Impact Theory … Continue reading

October 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

B. BIRA

BIRABONGSE BHANUDEJ Bhanubandh does not fall trippingly on the tongue. Hence, auto racing commentators of the mid-1930s through mid-1950s were likely relieved with his sobriquet of B. Bira on the … Continue reading

October 28, 2013 · 1 Comment

FUEL CELLS: YEA OR NAY?

FOR TODAY’S debate on the future of fuel-cell propulsion, we are fortunate to have two eloquent spokesmen—with quite opposite views. Providing a fuel cell update is Satoshi Ogiso, Managing Officer … Continue reading

October 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

THE NEW BENJAMINS

THERE’S A new $100 bill entering circulation—not that it matters much to me directly, as even Grants ($50s) make me nervous. Nevertheless, these new Benjamins are accompanied by lots of … Continue reading

October 26, 2013 · 2 Comments

TAXABLE HP

HORSEPOWER IS motorized fun—so, governments say, why not tax it? Indeed, the idea of extracting cash from motorists is as old as the automobile. Some of the techniques of doing … Continue reading

October 25, 2013 · 6 Comments