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Paul Berge

Maple-flavored coffee actually tastes pretty good. I used to love it. It's huge drawback is that it soon makes one's breath so intolerably bad that one spends the rest of the day wishing one's mouth were in another zip code.


I've always heard (and repeated) that lotteries are a tax on people who are bad at math. Also, try to keep the Galveston flood quiet - the climate change deniers will use it as "proof" that there's no problem today.

Brian Fies

Living near a river that has a "hundred year flood" about every ten years, I long ago gave up on that term being meaningful or useful. Seems that at least someone ought to recalculate and say, "No, I guess that's actually a ten year flood, sorry 'bout misfiling those earlier ones." Doesn't matter to anyone living by the river what you call it.

Being able to see satellite pictures of fronts sweeping across oceans must be the single most taken-for-granted technological advance of the past 60 years. Before, nobody even really knew what a hurricane looked like. Weather forecasting, especially on the coasts, was voodoo. Now my local forecaster can tell me when it'll rain with a quarter-hour accuracy, and I can watch live radar sweeps on my phone.

What a world.

I used to think that the USA was great because, even if an American wasn't well educated, they had a sort of native twinkly-eyed common-sense skepticism that saw through BS and punctured flim-flam. It's been genuinely painful to learn that, no, a lot of us really are monumentally gullible and just about as dumb as a bucket of rocks. Sad.

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