An Olio of News Items

December 8, 2008 at 10:20 pm 1 comment

Today in cool maps, this shows the average distance to the nearest road.  Notable because you can see the Rocky Mountains,  the Everglades and other real things, even though it’s not a topographical map.  The guy who did the research also wrote the book Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) which I just put on hold at the library to read over break!  (Woohoo! Geek out!)

If you’re worried about universal health coverage turning America into a socialist nation, read this first.  Yeah, we should totally live in a country where a woman induces labor so she can have her baby before her insurance coverage runs out…

My Dad taped hours of fine television from the late 80s to the mid 90s when my favoriteeeeee moiveees everrrrr were on the tube.  I’m really glad I forced him to keep the majority of those VHS tapes, because if this Mental Floss blog is any indication, I’m totally in for a treat when I watch them.

Why does Joe the Plumber get a book deal but thousands of excellent authors fail to find a publisher every year?  (Because you’d give a woman who said the following a $7 million advance too…)

“I had great faith that, you know, perhaps when that voter entered that voting booth and closed that curtain that what would kick in for them was, perhaps, a bold step that would have to be taken in casting a vote for us, but having to put a lot of faith in that commitment we tried to articulate that we were the true change agent that would progress this nation.”

Note: It was not the woman wearing the t-shirt that strung together such a fine, fine sentence.

Emoticons on trial

The ads for the new “Shrek” musical are all inside jokes for theatergoers.  Love.

I am sure you already heard about this:  From the annals of dumb criminals, this is my most recent favorite.  (As far as I know, there is no “Annals of Dumb Criminals.”)


Entry filed under: 2008 Presidential Election, Ads, Health Care, New York City, New York Times, Reading, Television.

Happy Repeal Day! Quirky News Wednesday

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  • 1. Andrea  |  December 9, 2008 at 8:16 am

    I was nervous that I wouldn’t get the inside jokes, despite my four years of extremely nerdy performing arts camp. But I can safely say “Dance 10, looks 3. And I’m still on unemployment. Dancing for my own enjoyment…” I must say that I’m disheartened that they left out “Into the Woods” when listing shows that spoof Broadway and fairy tales.


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