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The Exceptionalism That Proves the Rule

The phrase “American exceptionalism” has become a rather confusing one, in that it gets tossed around a lot, but it’s not entirely clear what it means. It’s sort of like “political correctness” in that respect. Does it mean general politeness … Continue reading

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It’s a Round, Round World

Thanks to Erin Ptah, I recently found out about the ostrich egg globe that was discovered by an Austrian collector. Dated to around 1504, it appears that the halves of the egg were cast separately, then glued together. It’s quite … Continue reading

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A Crew of Dunces

Speaking of ships of fools, I can’t help but think of a sort of example from Greek literature that predated Plato by some time. In Homer’s Odyssey, Odysseus’ crew seems to be made up of a bunch of idiots. When … Continue reading

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Culture Clash at Camelot

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, by Mark Twain – While Huckleberry Finn is undoubtedly a literary classic, I’m not sure why I had to read it twice in school when I probably would have enjoyed this one more. … Continue reading

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Dee-scovery Is Our Aim and Purpose

One line in Grampa in Oz that never really rang true for me was when Prince Tatters meets Dorothy, and asks if she’s “[t]he Dorothy who discovered Oz.” Since Tatters is a native of Oz, however, this makes about as … Continue reading

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