Frontiers of science

Liquor and Chocolate
News Headline: “Chocolate could reverse memory loss.”
News Headline: “Drinking after 60 actually helps fend off dementia.”
Keep up the good work, researchers!

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Cream
Dave Benson, a Kalamazoo, Mich., reader, regarding reminders that there is no “the” in Smokey Bear, no “the” in front of Magna Carta  or hoi polloi and always a “the” in front of the Mahatma Gandhi and the Rev. Jane Smith, writes:
“And there is The Ohio State University–not to mention an alternative rock band in The 90s named The The.”
Which isn’t to mention a favorite rock band from The 60s that many people called The Cream when, in fact, it was Cream.
Which reminds QT for some reason of another band, Was (Not Was).
Which isn’t anymore.

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Testing positive for politics

Paul LePage
News Headline:
“Maine Gov. LePage seeks authority to quarantine nurse who treated Ebola patients.”
News Headline: “U.S. nurse fights Maine quarantine over Ebola fears.”
The nurse has twice tested negative for the virus.
But she should be careful here.
Obstruction of pandering is a serious crime.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Hoi Polloi
Beverly Feldt, a Homewood, Ill., reader, regarding QT’s reminder that there is no “the” in Smokey Bear, no “the” in front of Magna Carta and always a “the” in front of the Mahatma Gandhi, writes:
“Why don’t we take all the ‘the’s’ from in front of  ‘the hoi polloi’ and give them to poor ‘Rev
Jane Smith’?”
You are right. And the Rev. Jane Smith would probably agree that “the hoi polloi” are “the the many”–or “the the masses.”
Just as she might agree that we are about to end Daylight Saving Time, not Daylight Savings Time.
But we would have to check with the Rev. Smith for that.

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Behind the ramparts

Ebola Panic
News Headline: “Ebola panic hits schools, businesses, airlines across the U.S.”
News Headline: “Ebola makes Americans more likely to give up their civil liberties.”
News Headline: “Staind’s Aaron Lewis forgets the words to national anthem.”
While we’re on the subject, are we laying it on a bit these days with “the home of the brave”?

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Smokey Bear
News Headline: “Smokey the Bear turns 70”.
News Headline: “800th birthday celebration planned for the Magna Carta.”
News Headline:  Honoring Mahatma Gandhi’s 145th birthday at the White House.”
And as a  birthday present to them all, a reminder:
There is no “the” in Smokey Bear.
There is no “the” in front of Magna Carta.
There is always a “the” in front of the Mahatma Gandhi.
Happy Birthdays!

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With eight days to go. . . .

Ballot Box
News Headline:
“Man who was once arrested for fighting a drag queen while dressed as a KKK member now running for mayor.”
Forget the mayoralty.
The Tea Party may have found a new presidential candidate.

This week’s asteroid

Asteroid Map
News Headline: “Killer bus-sized asteroid flies dangerously close past Earth.”
That was in May.
There have been seven more since then.
This week’s asteroid is 2014 UF56
It was discovered late Saturday.
It will pass between Earth and the moon late today.
And remember to wave.

We have seen the present, and it does not work

Obese Dummies
The need has arisen in auto-safety testing for the production of obese crash-test dummies.

Another outbreak

School Shooting
News Headline: “Ebola panic hits schools, businesses, airlines across the U.S.”
News Headline: “Another school shooting: Casualties reported at high school north of Seattle.”
Some epidemics we don’t seem to mind.