Et tu, Calvin?

Calvin Trillin on the Scariest Word - The New York Times

"And here we come to the word in the English language that I now most dread: “Upgrade.”"

Is Donald Trump the Penguin?

The campaign that predicted 2016 to a T: Batman vs. The Penguin

The Washington Post

Two episodes of the classic TV show mirror this year's race in unexpected ways — with a twist. Read the full story

I suppose this analogy would make Hillary the bat but, hey, nothing's perfect. 



First lady accepts White House Christmas tree from…Wisconsin

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is now officially open for the holidays.

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A breakthrough for work avoidance professionals

Microsoft brings Solitaire to iOS and Android - The Verge

No, that's not it, although it's obviosly important. The breakthrough is that if you follow the article's link to the Apple app store (or get there some other way, of course), you'll discover it's possible to purchase solitaire for an Apple watch. 

No kidding. This will give clock watching a whole new dimension.


Quit while you're ahead, dude

Cancel The Apocalypse! Eating Cheese Is The Secret To Living A Long Life

"There is, of course, one small caveat to this, which is that the fat in cheese could cancel out the effects…"

And what's wrong with Spam?

YummYou Natural Cosmetics
The Dieline

Delikatesy&Frykasy has developed the packaging for YummYou, a line of all natural cosmetics that are good for your body and so gentle, they're actually edible, too.…The products have outstanding nourishing and health-promoting properties as well as a great taste.

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Shared from Apple News

Whoa. Noted.

Don't mess with the coconut crab, one of the strongest pinchers on land

Los Angeles Times Coconut crabs might be the heavyweight champions of all crustaceans. The largest land-dwelling crab on Earth, Birgus latro can lift about 66 pounds with its pincers and can pinch with about 750 pounds of force.


Who said perseverance pays?

Police: Gambler's bid to double down at bank turns into bust


Investigators say Johnson had been at the Mardi Gras Casino in Nitro for hours on Aug. 2 when he put down a $25 chip to hold his spot. That's when police say Johnson drove 13 miles to a Charleston bank, gave tellers a note saying he had a bomb and a weapon and robbed it...

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See how this works out?

I opened my last can of Spam this morning and right away it went on sale at Walgreens. Just in time for Thanksgiving, too. I’d better pick up another couple of cans before then.

Cyber Monday is Black Friday…

…and Black Friday is right now, darlin’, so you’d better get it together. Maybe we should just have a Black Week or, oh no…

Some have begun referring to this month as Black November.…

It’s already too late and Trump hasn’t even been sworn in yet.

Wow! Happy dreams!

From one of those clickbait sites I ran across this morning…

"Many people believe that it is impossible to wash a mattress. However you can actually use vodka to disinfect it. Just put it in a spray bottle and apply a light layer to your mattress, then let it dry."

It might not actually work but you won’t care.


Go Gophers!

Big Ten Conference Football Standings

Minnesota is tied for second in Big Ten – West.

OK, it’s not much, but at least it’s not Purdue.

Small steps


No wonder it blows up

Sweden stop sale of New Zealand beer out of explosion fear

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sales of a New Zealand-produced beer have started with a bang in Sweden. And ended.…

On its Website, Systembolaget described Aro Noir as have a "malty, roasted aroma with hints of pumpernickel bread, coffee, prunes, cocoa, tobacco and licorice." 

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