Browsing Month February, 2003

“Farm towns feeling down,” by Phyllis Jacobs Griekspoor from

“People are focused on saving every dollar they can. You don’t see farmers shopping. Heck, you don’t even see farmers on the road. I wonder sometimes if they’re still out there.”

“Teenage messy bedrooms subject of Massey research,” from

;I’ve been staggered at the way parents of young children develop quite unrealistic expectations, as they haven’t had the chance to see the reality in action. Today, it is not unusual for the first baby you hold to be your own. I find it quite scary that parents often have only minimal hands-on experience before more…

From 1975 to 1989 the computerized Code Word, Nickname and Exercise Term System, or

From 1975 to 1989 the computerized Code Word, Nickname and Exercise Term System, or NICKA, paired words to name military operations, creating such identifiers as Operation Praying Mantis and Operation Blue Spoon.

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A cockloft is a small loft or attic above the highest finished ceiling of a building.

17 million cubic yards of dirt, enough to fill ten Empire State Buildings, were removed as part

17 million cubic yards of dirt, enough to fill ten Empire State Buildings, were removed as part of Boston’s Big Dig, a mammoth multi-year highway construction project.

48 percent

48 percent of trees lining New Jersey’s urban and suburban streets are maples.

65 billion bacteria live

65 billion bacteria live in each square inch of a human’s upper throat.

“Migration Limits,” by Bob Rowthorn from

;History is, indeed, a central component of national self-understanding. But for much of the past 30 years, the notion of history as a grand narrative has been out of fashion, and the idea of placing the national history and culture at the centre of teaching in schools has been attacked as ethnocentric and reactionary. As more…

“Gordon, Wearing His Red Jacket, Slips on the Subway and Gets Blogged,” by Jeffrey Yamaguchi from

;I don’t know what made me do it, but today, on the subway, I tripped some guy, just this random guy wearing a red jacket. My foot just jutted out like someone else was controlling it, and this guy went a tumbling. I think he was too embarrassed to look back. I just kept my more…