Point of Reference

Here’s a point of reference for you. When my father was born, the country of Greece was still using the Julian calendar, the President took office on March 4th, and the manufacture and sale of alcohol in the United States was (mostly) illegal. The British empire was at its largest, and one in every four people on earth were its subjects. The League of Nations was going strong and the Russians were fighting a civil war. When my father was born the Ottoman Empire still existed, though it was being dissolved as a result of WW1, and King Tutankhamun was resting quietly at an undiscovered location in Egypt. Stan Lee had not been born, and Time Magazine, Warner Brothers Studios, and the Hollywood sign did not exist. Luke Parsons, an abolitionist who fought with John Brown in the Kansas Border War (“Bleeding Kansas”) was still alive. The chocolate chip cookie would not be invented for over a decade.

The Fifth

In the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution the following appears: “…nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” I await a check from the US government for any of my data (my property) they have seized (copied), say from Facebook or elsewhere, for public use. Hmm… What is just compensation for my thoughtful Facebook posts?

Car Talk and the Longest Word


I recently heard about a Car Talk puzzler.  I don’t listen to Car Talk as much as I used to.  Anyway, you can read about the puzzler and the fellow who solved it here.  This is an excerpt.

During Christmas week on the popular National Public Radio show Car Talk, the weekly puzzler required listeners to find the longest English word that remains a valid English word as you remove its letters one at a time, but without rearranging any of the letters. For example: sprite, spit, pit, it, I. There are many such words, but, as Barr discovered, only one with 11 letters.

So, only one word with eleven letters: complecting.  Maybe.  I’m not convinced, but finding out is easy.
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