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FIDO SNIFFS OUT ARITHMETIC ANXIETY

“Whether it’s a tricky maths problem or an unexpected bill,” Nicola Davis of The Guardian reports, “daily life is full of stressful experiences. Now researchers have found that humans produce … Continue reading

October 4, 2022 · 1 Comment

ON LATE MEDIEVAL CLUTTER

HAVING READ TOM Johnson’s “No More Baubles,” London Review of Books, September 22, 2022, I feel a kinship with people living in Late Medieval London. We were/are prone to clutter.  … Continue reading

October 3, 2022 · Leave a comment

ちょっとつんどく—MY PERSONAL JAPANESE PHRASE

I RECENTLY LEARNED THE JAPANESE word つんどく, tsundoku, which means acquiring books but letting them pile up without reading. To which I add ちょっと, chotto, Japanese for “a little.” That … Continue reading

October 2, 2022 · Leave a comment

DID THE EARTH MOVE FOR YOU, JUST A LITTLE?

THE INTERESTING FACTS  WEBSITE reports that “The Earth Shakes Every 26 Seconds, and Scientists Aren’t Sure Why.” Well, this is tantalizing enough to require a perusal and perhaps some additional … Continue reading

October 1, 2022 · 2 Comments

SPERM WHALE CLANISH CLICKING

IT HAS LONG BEEN KNOWN that sperm whales make clicking sounds to communicate as well as to echolocate prey in ocean darkness at depths of a mile or more. Recently, … Continue reading

September 30, 2022 · Leave a comment

THE FOURTH ELEMENT: FIRE

LIFE WAS A LOT SIMPLER when Aristotle had only four elements: air, earth, water, and fire. Later, he added heavenly aether, and things have gotten more complicated since then. It’s … Continue reading

September 29, 2022 · 1 Comment

BEING HEP, LIKE, TWENTY-THREE SKIDOO

A BEAUTY OF SLANG is its etymological appeal. Why “23” anyway? And, y’know, is it “hep” or “hip”? This clearly calls for some research.  My sources are multitudinous. With the … Continue reading

September 28, 2022 · 1 Comment

JAPAN TRIPPIN’—1958

THE JAPAN POCKET GUIDE entered my collection in 09/06, meaning it was already 48 years old when I acquired it. Hmm…. Now that it’s 64 years old, I wonder how … Continue reading

September 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

BERNOULLI’S  JAALI 

ARCHITECTS OF THE TAJ MAHAL, Formula One designers, and cricket bowlers have all been inspired by Daniel Bernoulli. Here are tidbits on these gleaned from BBC as well as my … Continue reading

September 26, 2022 · 2 Comments

THE MONTEGASQUE FALCON—AND YR FTHFL SVRT PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally was contested by the likes of Paddy Hopkirk, Bo Ljungfeldt, Pat Carlsson née Moss, and Formula One World Champion Graham Hill. … Continue reading

September 25, 2022 · 1 Comment