Book Review: Last Night I Was A Magic Marker

Mudd, Jerry Q. Last Night I Was A Magic Marker. Northern South Dakota University Press, 2017, 3.14 pp., $15.92 hardcover. Last Night I Was A Magic Marker attempts to combine the magic of the Harry Potter series with the surrealism of Roald Dahl. Unfortunately, it fails, and fails completely. For starters, the illustrations (which compose […]

Happy Birthday Named National Anthem of Cyprus

Foreign eggman

The Republic of Cyprus recently went through an extensive period of revisionist history, the latest revision being the national anthem. For the last so many years,1 Cyprus has shared the national anthem of Greece, Hymn to Liberty. But lately, Cypriots voted to switch to Happy Birthday as their new national anthem. Hymn to Liberty is […]

Turkeys Invade Ohio Suburb

An alert reader recently communicated the following excerpt from a local news-publication: A Westerville [Ohio] caller reported that several turkeys were disrupting traffic by chasing cars in the roadway. . . . When police arrived, the turkeys had left the area.1 Ever eager to find out the real truth behind what passes for news these […]

How To Make A Milk Jug

Several glasses of liquids in various colours.

How to make a milk jug with ordinary materials found in your house Ever feel like you just need a milk jug? If so, you are not alone. And because you are reading this, you are in luck. You can actually make your own milk jug out of ordinary materials found in the average household,1 […]

My Toes Are So Cold

Not many days ago, I woke in the morning and said to myself: “My toes feel rather cold today.” As I found the sensation somewhat—not excruciatingly, only somewhat—disagreeable, I began to look for a remedy for my discomfort. First I sought for knowledge. Knowledge (as someone once whispered in my ear) is power, after all, […]

7 Myths About Bakers – A Flying News Exclusive!

A white triplane flying in a rarely seen reddish-blue cloud formation.

Rhetorical question #1. Do you like baked goods? Rhetorical question #2. Do you like bakeries? Rhetorical question #3. Do you wear a baker’s hat while you ride your bike in the rain? If you answered “yes” or “no” to any of the above questions, you should read this article. While bakeries are usually good places […]

The Physics of Cutting with Scissors

Long celebrated for its savoir faire, its insouciant elegance, and its bloody habit of guillotining aristocrats, Paris, France is also the undisputed world leader in scissors research. Since its founding more than two-hundred years ago, scientists at the Institut National de Recherche en Ciseaux have made an impressive number of discoveries about the physics, sociology, […]

Slow Boot Time of “Smart Bullets” Leads to Increased Bayonet Use

T93 Sniper Rifle, © SP Lee, used with permission. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:T93_sniper_rifle.jpg. This picture is not of a "smart" weapon, but you can imagine that it might be.

The introduction of the “smart bullet” a few years back was intended to allow soldiers to kill enemies with greater precision. Confidential sources report that the “smart bullet 3.14” is due to enter service later this year. This redesigned, next-generation weapon will increase accuracy to the extent that the army will be able to completely […]

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