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Vacation discovery: How the Joker REALLY became the Joker

Sign from a real hot tub in a real motel in a real city during my post-Christmas vacation.


I couldn’t help but think of the Joker:



Just when I thought I wasn’t a half-bad educator…

…an ersatz scholar takes the front row.  Thankfully, I hadn’t started class yet 🙂


“Select Energy Drinks”


A real sign (with my red line inserted for emphasis) in a real retail store in a real city I visited this past weekend.

I did some thinking–definitely more difficult on a Monday; maybe I need a “select energy drink”–and here are some questions I have:

  • Do internal organs remain intact after said energy drinks are imbibed?
  • Do select energy drinks have to be registered?  If so, is there a waiting period?
  • Is there a “Select Energy Drink” safety training course?
  • Can “select energy drinks” also be used as effective hunting tools?  If not, do they work well as decoys and bait?
  • Given that “proper ID [is] required,” is there a learner’s permit for consuming “select energy drinks”?
  • Are there special interest and/or lobby groups that argue for Second Amendment protection for “select energy drinks”?
  • Will newly legal 18-year-old consumers of “select energy drinks” also exercise their new voting rights during the elections?  Will they have enough energy to do so?
  • If this sign appears on a standardized test and includes directions to “select the item that does not belong,” will the test-taker(s) be confused?
  • What is the special, determining criterion that elevates an energy drink to “select energy drink” status?
  • Was Mountain Dew so bad after all?



Dudley defines diversity

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“We all come from our own little planets.  That’s why we’re all different.  That’s what makes life interesting.”

–Dudley the Angel (Cary Grant), The Bishop’s Wife

Norman Rockwell illustrates the 5-step evolution of 3D goggles…

I keep seeing these things everywhere.  Actually, I take that back.  I keep not seeing these things everywhere–they’re sold out.  So I got to thinking about my old ViewMaster, and somehow my thoughts led me to creating this process:


Findings soon to be published in whatever scientific journals would accept the wanderings of my mind…

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