Flatness is as flatness does

Courtesy of a commenter at Alma Boykin’s place yesterday, I was led to this informative (?) article. In a survey conducted by the American Geographical Society, almost a third of all respondents said that Kansas was the flattest state. Some people even call it “flatter than a pancake.” But what does science have to say about that? The first, and only, study that we know of that directly compared the Sunflower State to a pancake was done by a trio of geographers in 2003. For their tongue-in-cheek analysis, they acquired a pancake from IHOP, cut out a sample slice and made a topographic

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Heh

I found this over at Wirecutter’s place, and had to laugh: I found it particularly amusing because, despite being born and raised in Africa, I’m of Caucasian ancestry.  When I came to the USA, more than two decades ago, I used to enjoy introducing myself as “the only real African-American in these parts”.  My black friends would often respond with something along the lines of, “No way, man – you’s a honky!”  Much mutual amusement resulted. The thought of a “honky” King Kong-type gorilla is just too funny . . . Peter

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Heh

Stephan Pastis’ cartoon yesterday made me laugh out loud.  (Click the image to go to a larger version at the Pearls Before Swine Web page.) Somehow I don’t think my elementary school English teacher would have let me get away with that!  Miss de Smit was an old tartar, who wasn’t afraid to use corporal punishment when necessary (and yes, that was legal back then, which may shock modern sensibilities).  Nevertheless, her methods must have worked, because we all graduated from her class with a pretty clear idea about English grammar, vocabulary and usage. Peter

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Oh, snap!

Geraldo Rivera thought he could use a comedienne’s tweet to smack down gun owners: Dana Loesch, fiery former spokesperson for the NRA, fired back: Come on, Geraldo, top that one!  Don’t keep the nice lady waiting! Peter

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