Tuesday, August 24, 2004
- Crooked Timber revisits the gender-neutral pronoun issue, and yes, they and their do seem to be the best practical options, "he or she" be damned. As one of CT's commenters remarked, "If it's good enough for Shakespeare, it's good enough for me."
- Mr. "Elvis has left the building" has left the building [Reuters]
- The new improved Death Clock now takes into account your Body Mass Index [BMI] when calculating your personal 'death date'. Mine is reportedly Sunday March 25th, 2046, which would make me...never mind. But, there are worse things than dying on a Sunday in the spring...like dying in the fall! You can stop laughing now. [via Sisyphus and the Cuckoo Clock Speech]
- While we're in Morbid Mode®, Forbes magazine rates the 10 Best Places to Die. Best U.S. State? Utah. Worst 'State'? Washington D.C. Drumroll...Second-to-Worst State? Illinois! Before you get too down on the Land O' Lincoln, Utah, consider that "Best Place in to Die in America" might not be the best advertising slogan.
- The Smoking Gun publishes a list of which 'obscene' books and movies you can (or can't) bring to Canada. [not entirely safe for work]
- FactCheck.org debunks a number of pervasive political rumors of both colors - including the rumors that Teresa Heinz Kerry donated millions to terrorist groups [via Dispatches from the Culture Wars, which has a new URL these days: http://www.stcynic.com/blog/] In addition, Fact Check posts records showing neither she nor John Kerry "run" Heinz Foods, as is popularly alleged - in fact records show the Heinz corporate PAC donated no money to Kerry, but gave $5000 to Republican causes. Sorry, W Ketchup fans - looks like you've been suckered, although their donation of a portion of profits to a scholarship fund is commendable.