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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language (and, also, Creatures of the Night)

Happy Halloween

News Item: “. . . as he was rewriting history about his well-documented support for. . . .”
Jack Finarelli, a Falls Church, Va., writes:
“When did ‘lying’ become ‘rewriting history,’ and when can we have ‘lying’ back?”
News Item: “. . . were stopped heading eastbound on Interstate 70. . . .”
Doug Dahlgren, a Chicago reader, writes:
“Isn’t ‘heading eastbound’ redundant? Shouldn’t it be ‘heading east’ or just plain ‘eastbound’?
I hear traffic reporters doing this often, too.”
And can it be time for QT’s annual reminder that  there is no “hollow” in “Halloween”?
And that that the first syllable of “Jekyll” rhymes with “cheek”?
Evidently.
More to the point:
Happy Halloween!

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QT Yellowstone Caldera (the eruptions of which can be violent enough to send a layer of ash six feet deep as far away as Chicago and which erupts every 600,000 or so years and last erupted 640,000 years ago) update

Massive Crack
News Headline: “Massive ‘crack in the Earth’  opens up suddenly in Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains.”
Scientists caution that this is not  a sign that Yellowstone is about to erupt.
It is just a massive crack in the Earth that has opened up suddenly in Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains near Yellowstone.

Faces in the crowd

Human Shortage
News Headline: “Pope backs nuns protesting Obamacare’s birth control mandate.”
News Headline: “China’s one-child policy relaxed nationwide.”
Finally, finally, we are doing something about the planet’s shortage of human beings.

QT 2016 vote count countdown update

GOP Debate
News Item: “Republican presidential campaigns are planning to gather in Washington D.C. on Sunday evening to plot how to alter their party’s messy debate process. . . .”
Messy is right.
The effort will be to tighten the format into a working synthesis of “Survivor” and “Are You Smarter than a 5th-Grader?”

Frontiers of science

Lying Down
News Headline: “Study: Too much sitting bad for your health.”
News Headline: “Standing at work can be bad for you, too.”
News Headline: “New design shows we could all work lying down.”
Keep up the good work, researchers!

Remembering when politics was the second best spectator sport after baseball

Spectator Sport
The latest trend changes for Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, George Pataki, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum and Donald Trump:
Sideways, sideways, sideways, sideways, sideways, sideways, sideways, sideways, sideways, sideways, sideways, sideways, sideways, sideways, sideways.
Respectively.
With 376 days to go.

QT 2016 vote count countdown update

GOP Debate
News Headline: “Who won the third Republican debate?”
News Headline: “And the debate winner was. . . .”
Pretty much anyone with a cable outage.

QT loud guy at the end of the bar update

Donald Trump
News Headline: “Donald Trump cautions on artificial intelligence.”
Nah. Too easy.

To sleep, perchance to. . . .

Belsomra
From a TV commercial for prescription sleeping pills:
“Walking, eating, driving or engaging in other activities while asleep without remembering it the next day have been reported. Abnormal behaviors may include aggressiveness, confusion, agitation or hallucinations. The temporary inability to move while falling asleep or waking up has also been reported. . . .”
Another  warning:
Knowing  the side effects may cause sleeplessness.

QT news you can use

GOP Debate
News Headline: “Three things to watch at tonight’s debate.”
News Headline: “Five things to watch in Wednesday night’s GOP debate.”
News Headline: “Six things to watch at the Republican debate.”
No.
Make it 14 things to watch:
1. Touching the face and ears,
2. Slurring and stammering,
3. Leaning forward,
4. Swallowing,
5. Licking the lips,
6. Inappropriate smiling,
7. Pauses filled with such words as “uh” and “er,”
8. An averted gaze,
9. Throat-clearing,
10. Verbal qualifiers such as “generally” and “actually,”
11. Emphasis of statements with such words as “honestly” and “as far as I know,”
12. Increased handling of such objects as eyeglasses or papers,
13. Crossed arms,
14. Tightened lips. . . .
. . . are among the ways, according to researchers, to tell if someone is lying.