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Since 1946

Vic B. Linden and Sons Sign Advertising Inc.—among our very favorite collaborators—has long been one of the busiest sign shops + more

The More You Know…

Ten percent of U.S. electricity is generated from old Russian nuclear warheads. It took two ad creatives all of 45 + more

Stop! Grammar Time!

Courtesy of the inestimable Shirlee Roberts-Downey (peace be upon her), we now have the answer to one of the most + more

Road Trip

Oof. The last time we posted anything here was October 21. I think that’s a record. To be fair, I + more


The overall COVID death rate for men is 1.6 times higher than that for women. (Fight the matriarchy!) Side note: + more

The More You Know

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has some choice words for those of you who think flotsam and jetsam are + more

I’m Smitten

Remember a while back when I admitted having a crush on Suzanne “Diva of the Diode” Ciani? (Sure, you’ve got + more


Science nerds, rejoice! River Runner enables you to “drop a raindrop anywhere in the contiguous United States and watch where + more

Deep Thoughts

In his diary entry for October 8, 1995, Brian Eno may have hit on something truly profound: “Starting to think + more

Stop! Grammar Time!

I’ve been trying—no, really, I have!—to be less judgmental about typos in print. But inevitably I’ll come across something like + more

Hello? Anyone There?

Yeah, yeah—I know. It’s been a while since we posted anything here. Four weeks, by my reckoning. So what have + more

Public Service Announcement

Bidding on a first-edition copy of Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations commences in five days. Fewer than a thousand + more


Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook’s The Rest Is History, a twice-weekly podcast, is just the sort of thing we need + more

Yay! More Grammar!

Following up on Tuesday’s post, I think a lot of people reflexively use if instead of whether because the latter + more

Some Good News for a Change

Maybe it’s my age, but it seems increasingly difficult to be sanguine about, well…pretty much anything, really. Even my wife, + more

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