Category Archives: Oddities

How We Get Things Wrong

The other day I wrote some thoughts about recent accusations against Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea — see “Greg Mortenson’s Three Cups of Trouble.” Among other things, he is accused of inventing events recounted in his memoir. … Continue reading

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Smart-Alecky Response to a Prescriptivist Teacher

I found this at 22 Words, but its origin is obscure: Me: Can I use the bathroom? Teacher: I don’t know, can you? Me: When I said “can” I was using its secondary modal form as a verbal modifier asking … Continue reading

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Got Tired of Waiting in the ER, Sewed Up His Own Leg

Tale: Got Tired of Waiting in the ER, Sewed Up His Own Leg Jonas, a 32-year-old man from Sundsvall, Sweden, was doing some fix-up work at home in his kitchen, when he accidentally cut himself on a sharp edge of his … Continue reading

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