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Weekend Word Wrap: Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies

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This post will feel more like my Book Corner feature, but it's not. It's hard to review a book you haven't read. To be honest, that's partly why I'm posting on Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies "“ hoping the author, June Casagrande, will Google herself soon, spot this unabashed plea for a free copy, and, thankful that I've promoted it to tens of thousands of you faithful Word Wrap readers, will have no choice but to invite me for coffee and autograph a copy to me.

This, though slightly pathetic I'll admit, is totally do-able, seeing as June lives near me and there's a coffee shop every couple blocks in Los Angeles. I'll even pay for the coffee, June. (Interestingly, on her website she states in her bio: "June Casagrande was born in March and lives in a small house." Casagrande, of course, means "big house," a smile-inducing juxtaposition worth pointing out, I thought.)

So again, the book is called Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies and claims to "pierce the grammar snobs' inflated sense of self-importance, using liberal doses of humor." One would imagine there's also a good deal of proper grammar usage tips to be extracted. I say this because June also writes a funny regular column in the Burbank Leader called "A Word Please," and has a weekly feature on her on website called Language Tip of the Week.

So here's to proper grammar, not being meanies, and a delightful-sounding book! Drop us a line dear Ms. BigHouse, don't be shy"¦ we all Google ourselves, right?

Anyone have a funny Googling yourself story to share? Like finding someone with your same name and getting in touch with him/her?

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These $425 Jeans Can Turn Into Jorts
May 19, 2017
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Modular clothing used to consist of something simple, like a reversible jacket. Today, it’s a $425 pair of detachable jeans.

Apparel retailer Opening Ceremony recently debuted a pair of “2 in 1 Y/Project” trousers that look fairly peculiar. The legs are held to the crotch by a pair of loops, creating a disjointed C-3PO effect. Undo the loops and you can now remove the legs entirely, leaving a pair of jean shorts in their wake. The result goes from this:

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To this:

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The company also offers a slightly different cut with button tabs in black for $460. If these aren’t audacious enough for you, the Y/Project line includes jumpsuits with removable legs and garter-equipped jeans.

[h/t Mashable]

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This First-Grade Math Problem Is Stumping the Internet
May 17, 2017
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If you’ve ever fantasized about how much easier life would be if you could go back to elementary school, this math problem may give you second thoughts. The question first appeared on a web forum, Mashable reports, and after recently resurfacing, it’s been perplexing adults across social media.

According to the original poster AlmondShell, the bonus question was given to primary one, or first grade students, in Singapore. It instructs readers to “study the number pattern” and “fill in the missing numbers.” The puzzle, which comprises five numbers and four empty circles waiting to be filled in, comes with no further explanation.

Some forum members commented with their best guesses, while others expressed disbelief that this was a question on a kid’s exam. Commenter karrotguy illustrates one possible answer: Instead of looking for complex math equations, they saw that the figure in the middle circle (three) equals the amount of double-digit numbers in the surrounding quadrants (18, 10, 12). They filled out the puzzle accordingly.

A similar problem can be found on the blog of math enthusiast G.R. Burgin. His solution, which uses simple algebra, gets a little more complicated.

The math tests given to 6- and 7-year-olds in other parts of the world aren’t much easier. If your brain isn’t too worn out after the last one, check out this maddening problem involving trains assigned to students in the UK.

[h/t Mashable]

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