I've lived all over the country, and at least half the places I've been claim that title. I don't know why folks don't want to admit to having a dialect/accent — I think it's cool and fun! But then, my own is made up of pieces from all the places where I've lived... It just seems that everyone wants their own to be… » 12/02/13 3:45pm 12/02/13 3:45pm

Nope. I know lots of introverts who are dog people. (I'm one of them.) In my experience, horse people tend to be dog people as well, though. I'm definitely not a cat person, but it mostly stems from being allergic to them. But I also don't know how to communicate with them. Whereas dogs are a bit like horses,… » 12/02/13 3:09pm 12/02/13 3:09pm

Otherwise known as mitochondria. Those of us who read Lewis Thomas back in the day were not quite as offended as some people when Lucas threw this at us. His stuff is really just a sloppy amalgamation of whatever he was reading (or watching) at any given time — e.g., Joseph Campbell, The Battle of Britain, and I bet… » 12/02/13 11:52am 12/02/13 11:52am

Well, no, but fast-food is mass-produced with an emphasis on consistency of product, unlike humans. Yes, I want to see a much larger sample. No, I don't think these results are irrelevant. I remember when McNuggets first came out — they were actually made of meat and tasted pretty good. Over time, fast-food… » 10/08/13 4:54pm 10/08/13 4:54pm

Re: #7... To be fair, I saw it when my age was still a single-digit number. And for months — nay, years — afterward, my older brothers would whisper my name in the dark to terrify me. So I can barely even look at the image you posted here without wanting to run away. Ah well, at least they didn't do that… » 10/04/13 10:50am 10/04/13 10:50am

From what I can tell, it seems to be a classic problem-solving sci-fi story in the tradition of those Golden Age pulp stories — which were awesome when done right. However, I have an important question. Speaking for an extreme minority of the audience here, 3-D does not work on me. Because my eyes don't align… » 10/04/13 10:23am 10/04/13 10:23am

That was the first thing I thought of. And that there's an unincorporated community near me called Natron — and I could never quite figure out why. The local earth and water are in no way super-salty or alkaline. Have yet to find the necessary historical explanation... » 10/03/13 6:21pm 10/03/13 6:21pm

They're all just cheap knock-offs of the Spartans, of course — who we might notice are not around anymore... Entertaining knock-offs, nonetheless, and in many cases more effective as metaphors than anything else. Or elaborate jokes... ;-) » 10/03/13 12:18pm 10/03/13 12:18pm