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If gravity fails, don’t flush the toilet

   Who’d o’ thought?  Everything in today’s world has a surprise waiting and, as you can see by the title of this article, not necessarily a pleasa ...

The world is an interesting place

It’s interesting, not necessarily improving.  For example, you can now get a degree in Deceptive Verbalization.  This gives you the ability to say or do whatever y ...

Sept. 26, 2016: a day to remember

This was the day the $8-million sculpture was unveiled at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.  $8 million!  If you had done a piece like this in grade school, you’ ...

An Australopithicus Afarensis named Lucy

   Scientists at the University of Texas have found these bones that are 3.2 million years old and there’s a tag attached to these bones that warns, “not to b ...

The ‘Wonders of Nature” is goin’ to the birds

          Well, we are officially now into summer, and with that, we have the proliferation of hummingbirds, nature’s version of the Sikorsky helicop ...

The question that must be answered is ‘WHY’

A few weeks ago, Paul McCartney scheduled a show in Fresno.  WHY? ‘Course, as you know, it’s less expensive to live in Fresno. For example, if you want to cook o ...

A Jack Fabian fan writes in about his Feb. 11 column

 To Jack Fabian:  So you must be the guy who inspired the snarky letter in this week’s (Feb. 18, page A5, “Irked by humor columnist”).  Just got ar ...

Whatever it is, they’ll pass a law about it

Just a few days ago, I saw a headline that said, “Medical Pot Industry Under State Regulation.”   My neighbor, who has a slight cerebral disassociation mechanism ...

And the seach continues

In a recent column, I had mentioned that a Russian billionaire had committed $100 million to U.C. Berkeley for the purpose of looking for intelligent life.   He apparently k ...

Humor column

   Getting up at 5:30 or 6 a.m. in the summertime is pure delight. I grab the newspaper and a cup o’ coffee and go plant myself on the back porch.  The back o ...

Wedded Blitz

                             My wife and I were married before noon, so that if things ...

On the other side of the tracks

The year was 1927.  I went to the fall picnic with my dad and came home with my mother.  That sort of indicates what young couples did on picnics in those days.  ...

Invention is the mother of frustration in a computerized world

I’m sure you’ve noticed almost everything we now own is computerized and each one of these things comes with a manual that tells you to push buttons you can’t ...

Time to confess and join the growing ranks

As my friend and I completed the reassembly of a little girl’s doll house for the fifth or sixth time, I lost count. We glanced at the table and saw two remaining screws. Th ...

Cents-less or Senseless

Late in December, the financial wizards of Congress, after many hours of debate, issued an order to make a new penny. I’m surprised we even still have the penny; who needs it? ...