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First God Made Idiots...

“First God Made Idiots. That was for Practice. Then he made School Boards.”

–Mark Twain

Thus ends a new moving tribute, narrated by Sir Ian McKellen, the renowned Shakespearean actor, in support of Rafe Esquith, who has been called the… 487 more words


A rose by any other name...

Lest I drag us down the rabbit hole about people who don’t use commas and don’t capitalize verbs in title-capped headlines anymore (!), let me pivot to a topic that has been in the news quite a bit over the last week: character names. 369 more words


An ORPHAN MELODY is remembered in POMPEII

Mark Twain.  Pompeii.  An orphan melody.  What connects these three disparate things?

Wait, what do I mean by an orphan melody?

A week ago Ed plunked the latest Smithsonian magazine next to my breakfast dishes and pointed to its front page article: … 1,852 more words


Quote of the Day

Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.

—Mark Twain


The Hidden Scary Thing

“I thoroughly disapprove of duels. I consider them unwise and I know they are dangerous. Also, sinful. If a man should challenge me, I would take him kindly and forgivingly by the hand and lead him to a quiet retired spot and kill him.” — Autobiography of Mark Twain… 121 more words