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Monthly Archives: September, 2016

WELL, Y’KNOW…

A FAVORITE CARTOON IS “The Emergence of Language.” And I’m fairly confident that, following “urg,” “ug” and “uh-oh,” among mankind’s first words were “well” and “y’know.” Or so it seems … Continue reading

September 30, 2016 · 3 Comments

ROSSELLINI’S (AND BERGMAN’S) FERRARIS

SE NON È VERO, a ben travato. It may not be true, but it’s a good story. And so it is with tales of Ferraris belonging to Italian film director … Continue reading

September 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

GREAT CAESAR’S FATHER-IN-LAW’S GHOST

A NEAT APPLICATION of archaeology, tomography and computer science has virtually unrolled a fragile 2000-year-old scroll. In today’s title, I invoke the memory of Superman/Clark Kent’s boss, Perry White, editor … Continue reading

September 28, 2016 · 1 Comment

A BLUE HORSE AND MENTAL HEALTH CARE

RESEARCHING ONE OF our flock of miniature sheep, I came upon Marco Cavallo, a blue horse that played an important role in Italian mental health care. Then, independently of this, … Continue reading

September 26, 2016 · 2 Comments

HURRAH FOR HOJO’S

LET’S CELEBRATE ORANGE roofs, fried clams, onion rings and developing one’s 1950s avatar. These first three clues may be a giveaway that I’m referring to Howard Johnson’s restaurants. The avatar … Continue reading

September 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

THE M.G. K.3 MAGNETTE AND THE MILLE MIGLIA

WHAT WOULD 1950s’ high-school car-nuts sketch in their study-hall notebooks? Look no further than an M.G. And a highpoint of this British marque’s long history is the 1933 Mille Miglia. … Continue reading

September 24, 2016 · 2 Comments

JUST GIVE HOLMES A HAND

WE CAN THANK the world’s first consulting detective for conceiving manual forensics, identifying criminals (and the rest of us) by examining the person’s hands. In The Sign of Four, one … Continue reading

September 23, 2016 · Leave a comment