Monthly Archives: January 2014

Reading

From Pew:

In 2013, “about seven in ten Americans reported reading a book in print.”

And that’s not because the other 30% were reading e-books: “just 4% of readers are ‘e-book only.'”

So a quarter of Americans didn’t read a book last year? Um.

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Humor Under Communism

I love it when humor shines a light on life. This includes humor from communist places and times, like this joke:

Did East Germans originate from apes?
Impossible. Apes could never have survived on just two bananas a year.

More jokes and commentary here.

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Naming a scientist

“When asked to name a scientist, Americans are stumped. In one recent survey, the top choice, at 47 percent, was Einstein, who has been dead since 1955, and the next, at 23 percent, was ‘I don’t know.’ In another survey, only 4 percent of respondents could name a living scientist.”

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Chris Kluwe

From the Wikipedia article on Chris Kluwe:

In 2011 Kluwe changed his jersey number when the Vikings acquired quarterback Donovan McNabb. McNabb previously wore #5 for the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles, and requested the same number when he arrived in Minnesota, which was then being worn by Kluwe. Kluwe agreed on the condition that McNabb make a $5,000 donation to charity, to mention Kluwe’s band Tripping Icarus a total of 5 times during McNabb’s press conferences, and to buy Kluwe an ice cream cone….McNabb did mention Kluwe’s band 3 times and did write the check for the donation, but never bought Kluwe the ice cream cone.

Also, his favorite book in Ender’s Game, even though he considers Orson Scott Card a “turd.” I think this is the closest I’ll ever come to having a crush on a football player.

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