POSTED // Apr 14,2014 - I need a good answer for a question from a politically conservative friend. When I pointed out that federal tax rates were higher in 1955 for everyone from the poor to the super rich than they were in
POSTED // Mar 31,2014 - Years ago I sent you a question about the possibility of global warming uncovering nasty things under the ice caps. Are we at risk of reawakening some kind of killer virus or bacteria that’s just been waiting for an opportunity like this to feast?
POSTED // Mar 24,2014 - Autism has gone from being a mental disorder to an absolute fad. NASCAR has run races named after it. It has its own “spectrum” for differential diagnosis. Movie stars and athletes brag about their children’s autism.
POSTED // Mar 3,2014 - I work at the deli counter at a natural-foods store and recently one of my customers chided me for suggesting she warm up her food by microwaving it. She said microwaving changes the molecular structure of food
POSTED // Feb 24,2014 - In a Tom Clancy novel, I came across the repeated assertion that Chairman Mao was a pedophile. Clancy seems to care about historical detail, but I wonder about the accuracy of this.
POSTED // Feb 17,2014 - Why is it that exposure of the female areola and/or nipples is considered pornographic while exposure of the male areola and/or nipples is not? I read your answer to the question “Why do men have nipples?”
POSTED // Feb 3,2014 - I came across your column on what zero means on the Fahrenheit scale. You blew it. You said that, unlike 32 or 212 degrees, zero degrees corresponded to nothing in nature—it was merely an arbitrarily assigned number.