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The Moral Of The Story

[content warning: puns. This is mostly self-plagiarism from my Tumblr and Twitter] Once upon a time there was a small desert village with a single well outside town. One day a young woman went to the well to fetch water, … Continue reading

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More Hardball Debate Questions

[See also Hardball Questions For The Next Debate. The Gary Johnson question is not original to me.] Jill Stein: You’re a former doctor and researcher who first got involved in politics because of your interest in public health. One of … Continue reading

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Hardball Questions For The Next Debate

Dr. Carson: One of your most important achievements as a neurosurgeon was inventing the functional hemispherectomy, a treatment for epilepsy in which the epileptic hemisphere of the brain is severed from the healthy hemisphere and the body, allowing the healthy … Continue reading

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Fifty (More) Swifties

[see: Wikipedia: Tom Swifties, Tom Swifties Written By An Author Willing To Go To Any Lengths To Make A Tom Swifty Thus Resulting In Constructions That Often Require More Work For Readers Than For The Author, and Fifty Swifties. Previously … Continue reading

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A Philosopher Walks Into A Coffee Shop

I have been really enjoying literarystarbucks.tumblr.com, which publishes complicated jokes about what famous authors and fictional characters order at Starbucks. I like it so much I wish I knew more great literature, so I could get more of the jokes. … Continue reading

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If The Media Reported On Other Dangers Like It Does AI Risk

[Not actually inspired by Robert Wiblin’s recent Facebook post on this same topic, but I acknowledge the coincidence. The media has actually done a much better job than I expected here and deserves some credit, but I will snark anyway.] … Continue reading

Fifty Swifties

[see: Wikipedia: Tom Swifties and Tom Swifties Written By An Author Willing To Go To Any Lengths To Make A Tom Swifty Thus Resulting In Constructions That Often Require More Work For Readers Than For The Author. All of the … Continue reading

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Causal Models At Work

[Epistemic status: loosely based on a true story] AIDS Specialist: You know, people think AIDS is a death sentence. But how long do you think the average person lives after getting HIV? Me: I don’t know. AIDS Specialist: Thirty years! … Continue reading

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Metaphors Be With You

People link to this list of 27 funny metaphors all the time. But that’s been around for years, and no one has ever tried to expand it. The only other effort I’ve seen to collect good rhetorical language has been … Continue reading

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The Character’s Complaint

I’ve wiped off the blood and I’ve cleaned up the rubble And most of the burn marks have faded to pink I’ve finally started to save up some cash After paying the surgeon, the doc, and the shrink The neighbors … Continue reading