The Presbyterian Church, USA, has just decided that churches will be allowed to refer to the Holy Trinity as "Rock, Redeemer, and Friend" or "Mother, Child, and Womb" or any other gender-neutral threesome a particular congregation finds compelling.
I bring this up exclusively because for the last several weeks I have been dying to share something: The word Presbyterians is a perfect anagram of Britney Spears! (I came to find this out because my new book contains a lot of anagrams, which resulted in my... READ ON
Today is Juneteenth, one of those American holidays that involves neither getting off work or buying a card, and so is therefore more or less forgotten. Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of the slaves by a Union general in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865.
Initially, I was going to celebrate June 19th the way I celebrate all other holidays--that is to say, by not blogging--but then when I was reading about Juneteenth, I came across the word portmanteau (which is a great word, and the... READ ON
I presume that everyone in America has quit their jobs in order to watch every game of the World Cup (I can't confirm this on account of how I haven't left my apartment since the tournament started last week), and so you probably know that the Brazil is favored to win, due to its overwhelming awesomeness.
There are many theories about why Brazil is so good at football, but I personally believe it is the nicknames--a tradition that dates back almost a century. According to this article, the first... READ ON
One of my favorite leisure activities is watching the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which admittedly aired like two weeks ago but in my defense I've been getting married and moving and weeping vociferously re. the United States national soccer team's loss to the Czeck Republic.
At any rate, any serious speller (and I myself was third runner up in the Audubon Park Elementary School spelling bee as a fourth grader) knows that the German is the Everest of languages. This year, for instance, both the... READ ON
I'm getting married in nine days. And so I've been thinking a lot about weddings and marriages. Admittedly, most of my time the past few months has been wasted accomplishing the little tasks inherent to a 450-guest wedding. But now and again, I've found myself researching the wider world of weddings. Here's what I've learned:
My all-time favorite marriage certificateÂ comes from this apparently true story: Amidst a thunderstorm, Swift had sought refuge under a large tree. A man and his pregnant... READ ON
Remember, y'all. Tomorrow is April 1st, which--to quote Puddnhead Wilson--"is the day on which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four."
Prepare yourself for the salt-in-the-sugar trick tomorrow morning with The 100 Top April Fools' Pranks of all time.Â My personal favoriteÂ would beÂ the April 1998 issue of New Mexicans for Science and Reason. Now, we do not wish to criticize New Mexico, which we are sure includes many, many citizens who favor science and reason,... READ ON
Today is the 410th birthday of noted French philosopher and mathematician Rene "I think therefore I am" Descartes. Known as the father of both mathematics and philosophy (he also fathered a daughter, Francine, out of wedlock), Descartes' work and life are plenty fascinating. But we bring up his birthday only because it is our best opportunity in weeks to share our favorite fact in the entire history of facts, which we learned from Britannica via floss contributor A. J. Jacobs:
Rene Descartes had a... READ ON
The eye chart with the big "E" on top is called a Snellen Chart.