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“Space: the final frontier”*…

 

This is a time of much division. Families and communities are splintered by polarizing narratives. Outrage surrounds geopolitical discourse—so much so that anxiety often becomes a sort of white noise, making it increasingly difficult to trigger intense, acute anger. The effect can be desensitizing, like driving 60 miles per hour and losing hold of the reality that a minor error could result in instant death.

One thing that apparently still has the power to infuriate people, though, is how many spaces should be used after a period at the end of an English sentence.

The war is alive again of late because a study that came out this month from Skidmore College. The study is, somehow, the first to look specifically at this question. It is titled: “Are Two Spaces Better Than One? The Effect of Spacing Following Periods and Commas During Reading.”…

Find out the truth at “The Scientific Case for Two Spaces After a Period.”

* the words opening each episode of Star Trek

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As your correspondent basks in confirmation, we might recall that it was in 1770 that Germany and France moved past 30 years of animosity, celebrating their new alliance with the marriage of Archduchess Marie “let them eat cake” Antionette and Dauphin Louis-Auguste de France (soon enough to become King Louis XVI), in a lavish ceremony at Versailles, in front of more than 5000 guests.

A torrential thunderstorm pre-empted the fireworks planned for that evening; but the celebration continued through May 30th, when fireworks on Place de la Concorde killed 132 people– a grim omen of a reign that would prove tragic.

Marie Antoinette in her wedding dress, which was adorned with white diamonds

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Written by LW

May 16, 2018 at 1:01 am

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”*…

 

The Chapman University Survey of American Fears Wave 3 (2016) offers a look into the fears of average Americans.  In April of 2016, a random sample of 1,511 adults from across the United States were asked their level of fear about 79 different potential sources across a huge variety of topics– crime, the government, disasters, personal anxieties, technology, and others.

As readers can see in the highlights chart above, the top anxiety suffered by Americans is “corrupt government officials”; fully 63% of respondents ranked it “Afraid” or “Very Afraid.”  That said, as readers will also see when they click through the link that follows, 10.2% percent of Americans are “Afraid” or “Very Afraid” of “zombies.”

Peruse the results at “America’s Top Fears 2016.”

* Plato

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As we overcome our wistfulness on remembering that this is Oscar Wilde’s birthday, we might recall that it was on this date in 1793, nine months after her husband, the former King Louis XVI of France, was beheaded, that Marie Antoinette followed him to the guillotine. (Readers who are parents– or collectors– can find commemorative dolls here.)

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Written by LW

October 16, 2016 at 1:01 am

For tonight’s debate…

Logical Fallacy Bingo

Definitions of each flavor of fallacy, and clean copies of the board at Lifesnow.com.

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As we overcome our wistfulness on remembering that this is Oscar Wilde’s birthday, we might recall that it was on this date in 1793, nine months after her husband, the former King Louis XVI of France, was beheaded, that Marie Antoinette followed him to the guillotine. (Readers who are parents– or collectors– can find commemorative dolls here.)

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Written by LW

October 16, 2012 at 1:01 am

What’s for dinner?…

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…  that nagging question.  Now, from James Off, a way to be sure that each night’s repast is a fresh adventure: The Random Recipe Generator.  How about…

Essence Of Vanilla Mini Roasties
Serves 1
You will need:

* 1 spoons of mayonnaise
* 60ml essence of vanilla
* 5 red onions
* 30g muslei

Instructions:

1. pre-heat the oven to 180 C
2. eat the red onions
3. toast the muslei
4. fry the spoons of mayonnaise until browned
5. fry the essence of vanilla
6. bake for 40 minutes and serve hot

Or

Iceberg Lettuce Creme Brulee
Serves 5
You will need:

* 70g chicken
* 3 courgettes
* 110g iceberg lettuce
* 130g strawberries

Instructions:

1. pre-heat the oven to 190 C
2. stir-fry the courgettes
3. slice the chicken
4. heat the chicken in the saucepan
5. add the chicken
6. add one tablespoon of the courgettes
7. whisk the iceberg lettuce
8. flambe the courgettes
9. spoon the iceberg lettuce onto a warmed plate
10. throw the iceberg lettuce away
11. microwave the courgettes
12. sprinkle the chicken over the top
13. discard the strawberries
14. bake for 50 minutes and serve hot

As Mr. Off suggests, “Insufficiently delicious? Reload the page for another.”

As we loosen our belts, we might also loosen our neckties, as it was on this date in 1793 that Louis XVI was executed by guillotine in the Place de la Revolution in Paris, having been arrested the prior year by the Sans-Cullottes and imprisoned for treason. (Nine months later, Marie Antoinette was also convicted of treason by a tribunal, and on October 16 she followed her husband to the blade.)

Louis XVI in headier days…

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