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Monthly Archives: January, 2019

ETYMOLOGY: SCOUNDREL

TO QUOTE Trumpery of January 14, 2019, the president said that FBI personnel were “known scoundrels.” Were I a second-grader, I might respond, “It takes one to know one.” Given … Continue reading

January 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

ON PARTICLES

MRS. GRIMBLY, REST her teacher’s soul, would be disappointed that I’d forgot the meaning of an English language “particle.” Maybe I earn some redemption by recently learning about particles in … Continue reading

January 16, 2019 · 3 Comments

“HEY, BRO,” SAID THE SAGEBRUSH

IT MAY SOUND unscientific, but in SCIENCE magazine, January 4, 2019, Elizabeth Pennisi asks, ”Do Plants Favor Their Kin?” In fact, recent research suggests that individual plants may well help … Continue reading

January 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

PICKING UP THE PACE—BEV-WISE

THE START-UP COMPANY Rivian intends to beat Detroit at its own money-making game by being the first to build a battery-electric pickup truck. Thus far, pickups have been conventionally internal-combustion-powered, … Continue reading

January 14, 2019 · 2 Comments

DOLLY SHEPHERD—A LIFE WELL SOARED PART 2

YESTERDAY here at SimanaitisSays, Dolly Shepherd got her show business start having a blindfolded Samuel F. Cody shoot an egg off her head. Cody was also a pioneer aviator, he … Continue reading

January 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

DOLLY SHEPHERD—A LIFE WELL SOARED PART 1

I RECENTLY ENJOYED another encounter with Miss Dolly Shepherd, pioneer parachutist and fairground entertainer in the Edwardian era. Our first meeting was in “I ♥ Aviatrices,” here in the SimanaitisSays … Continue reading

January 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

KARAKURI TRICKS

IN CLASSIC JAPAN, automata known as karakuri delivered tea to guests. The mechanized doll would approach the guest, then, with head bowed, offer the cup of tea. When the tea … Continue reading

January 11, 2019 · Leave a comment