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.
POSTED // Jan 27,2014 - What’s with all the celebrity charities? A quick search on the web found a list as long as your arm—everyone from Michael Bloomberg, Tom Brokaw, Sharon Stone and Andre Agassi to Elton John.
POSTED // Jan 20,2014 - It seems pirates have made a comeback, and so with great excitement, and possibly a bit of delusion, I’ve decided to become one. How much would it cost to buy or commission a ship of the line,
POSTED // Jan 13,2014 - I once read of a construction industry scandal in New York involving a supplier of large nuts and bolts used to hold together steel beams in skyscrapers. He cheated by substituting cheaper, under-spec
POSTED // Jan 6,2014 - I was in the Costco liquor section when I happened upon a locked display case with three bottles inside (one whisky, one cognac, one I can’t remember), each priced upwards of $2,500.
POSTED // Dec 16,2013 - I read once about a pork processing operation that supposedly was the largest in the United States. The stockyard, according to the article, had a giant lake of pig excrement contaminated with hormones
POSTED // Dec 9,2013 - Kevin Drum at Mother Jones is convinced the reduction in violent crime in the U.S. over the last few decades can be attributed to the absence of lead in things like gasoline and paint.
POSTED // Dec 2,2013 - In detective fiction, a common plot device is the broken clock or watch that tells the time of the murder. Does this ever happen? Has a broken clock or watch ever been admitted as evidence in a murder trial to show the time of the crime?