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Monthly Archives: January, 2017

THE (MIS?)RULE OF THUMB

I RECENTLY posted a Facebook comment mentioning “rule of thumb” as contrasted with more scientific methods of measurement. Think crowd size, for instance. Before doing so, I felt compelled to … Continue reading

January 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

MASSIMINO AND THE HUBBLE

THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE “stands right up there with the Pyramids and the Great Wall of China as one of the great engineering triumphs in human history.” This assessment comes … Continue reading

January 22, 2017 · 1 Comment

FRACTIONS CAN BE MEATY—SO SLEEP ON IT

MATH FUN CAN appear in the oddest places: in quick-food marketing or in mattress sales, to name two. McDonald’s was ahead of its time in 1972 with supersizing a hamburger … Continue reading

January 21, 2017 · 2 Comments

I’M JUST A GHEE WITH THE LINGO

WIFE DOTTIE believes I am overdoing the old-time radio bit. Be that as it may, for her sake alone it is appropriate that I consult a period document, my Dictionary … Continue reading

January 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

A BUGATTI ELECTRIC VEHICLE!

THE 1931 TYPE 56 wasn’t Bugatti’s first electric car, but it’s likely his rarest. Following the popularity of his Baby Bugatti half-scale electric car for kids, le Patron had a … Continue reading

January 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

INNES’S GOLD COUNTRY

GRAND PRIX driver Innes Ireland could be something of a historian. His R&T Formula One reports were always entertaining and accurate. And when he wrote off the beaten track, his … Continue reading

January 15, 2017 · 2 Comments

YOU SAY “TOMATILLO”…

AND I SAY “Physalis philadelphica.” Yet how this relative of the tomato got associated with the city of brotherly love is a mystery to me. There’s news related to it, … Continue reading

January 13, 2017 · 1 Comment