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Monthly Archives: July, 2016

CHEAP GAS—2016

THE U.S. CONTINUES to have the cheapest gasoline anywhere in the world I’d want to live. On July 18, 2016, Bloomberg.com offered “Gasoline Prices Around the World: The Real Cost … Continue reading

July 20, 2016 · 1 Comment

JET LAGS I HAVE KNOWN

IN CASE YOU EVER wondered, Joanna Klein explained, “Why Jet Lag Can Feel Worse When You Travel From West to East,” in The New York Times, July 15, 2016. Klein … Continue reading

July 19, 2016 · 1 Comment

MID-ENGINE INDY RACE CARS—THE EARLY YEARS

THE DEMISE OF classic front-engine Indy roadsters began in 1961 when Jack Brabham’s mid-engine Cooper-Climax broke their ubiquity with a 9th-place finish. Jim Clark’s 1965 win in his Lotus-Ford hastened … Continue reading

July 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

HAPPY 75TH, JEEP!

THE JEEP is 75 years old; its conception, traceable to freelance designer Karl Probst, is a year older. The editors of Automotive News assembled a celebration of these events in … Continue reading

July 17, 2016 · 4 Comments

FOUR THINGS LOGICIANS DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW!

WELL, IT ISN’T that they don’t want you to know. (And, by the way, do you too find these “don’t want you to know” headlines a bit ludicrous?) Rather, it’s … Continue reading

July 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

THE BARONESS OF DADA

TALK ABOUT a great book blurb: MIT Press described Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven as “a neurasthenic, kleptomaniac, man-chasing proto-punk poet and artist.” Gee, I’ve got to learn more about this Baroness … Continue reading

July 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

FIDO’S ANCESTORS

THE DOG EVOLVED from the wolf. It was man’s first domesticated animal, accomplished before humankind’s domestication of farm stock. Details of canine domestication are still controversial. However, part of the … Continue reading

July 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

THE WEEKEND

VIOLET CRAWLEY, Dowager Countess of Grantham, delivered a wonderful line at Downton Abbey: She asked, quite innocently for once, “What is a weekend?” The Countess was responding to Matthew Crawley, … Continue reading

July 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

AUTOS BY THE NUMBERS

TWO STATISTICAL STUDIES described in Automotive News, July 4, 2016, caught my eye. One has to do with new car quality; the other, with a car’s country of origin. This … Continue reading

July 12, 2016 · 2 Comments

FAIRIES IN THE GARDEN

THERE’S NOTHING particularly new about recent reports of a likely faked Everest photograph or another showing a mysterious hand in an image from 1900. Back in 1920, Sir Arthur Conan … Continue reading

July 10, 2016 · 1 Comment