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From Poor QT’s Almanack

The George Washington Bridge opened 85 years ago this week.

It opened after dedication ceremonies that called for three Army Air Corps pilots to fly in formation overhead.
But the pilots decided on their own that it might be more impressive if they flew under the bridge in formation.
Which they did.
QT’s father, Lt. Zay Smith, flew right wing.
The pilots were scolded afterward.

The national conversation in the news

News Headline: “Facebook employees wanted to block Donald Trump for hate speech, but Mark Zuckerberg said no.”
And remember:
When you see the phrase “hate speech” in a news report, replace it with “free speech.”
It gives a better sense of the story.

Hotel Hell


News Headline: “Donald Trump and family open the Trump International Hotel in DC”
QT is hearing a lot about bedbugs.
Millions and millions of bedbugs.
Haven’t seen the evidence.
But people are talking.
Something strange is going on.
This is the worst hotel that ever opened.

Frontiers of science

News Headline: “Newly discovered millipede has 414 legs, 200 poison glands and
4 penises.”

. . . as the Intelligent Designer walks slowly away, whistling to himself.

The Making of the President 2016nado!

News Headline: “Donald Trump, who said 37 false things on Monday, calls fact-checkers ‘scum.’ ”
Next up:
What robbers call cops. . . .
What pests call pesticides. . . .

QT Early Warning System

Two days remain until the 2016 World Toilet Summit and Expo in Kuching, Malaysia.

Separate but equal


Emory University announced it will host some social events open only to persons “of color” because racial segregation offers an opportunity for “creating mechanisms for individuals with shared interests and common goals.”
. . .  as the Ku Klux Klan broke out a few kegs of beer.

QT loud guy at the end of the bar update

News Headline: “Donald Trump, unshackled and unhinged.”
News Headline: “How the universe could annihilate itself at the speed of light.”
Which is one possible solution.

From Poor QT’s Almanack

The world ended 20 years ago yesterday, according to the 17th-century prediction of James Ussher, archbishop of Amargh, but rest assured, one of these Octobers, we will get the job done.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

News Item: “If you’ve noticed fewer political lawn signs and bumper stickers during this election cycle, fear could be the reason why. . . .”
Doug Dahlgren, a Chicago reader, reminds us:
It is never:
“The reason why is. . . “
It is never:
“The reason is because. . . “
It is never:
“The reason why is because. . . “
It is simply:
“The reason is. . . .”