Monthly Archives: January 2014

Not “Dead Presidents”

Attention, Americans: These two men, Alexander Hamilton and Benjamin Franklin, are, indeed, dead. However, neither of them ever served as president. Therefore, please stop calling money “dead presidents,” unless you are excluding these two denominations, and, moreover, please stop this … Continue reading

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My Polyhedral Nemesis: The Great Icosahedron

I used Stella 4d, a program you can find at http://www.software3d.com/stella.php, to make the rotating .gif file you see here. You can many such rotating pictures of other polyhedra elsewhere on this blog. Older versions of this program would only … Continue reading

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The Strange American Custom of Holiday Observance

Today is not Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s actual birthday. The anniversary of his birth came, this year, last Wednesday. As you can see above, that’s January 15. However, it’s being observed today — the date circled above — to … Continue reading

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Stephen Hawking, on His Own IQ, and IQs in General

I have had my IQ tested, but, like Stephen Hawking, I have no idea what it is. The people conducting the test did not share the results with me. This does not bother me in the slightest. Why? Because I … Continue reading

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Something You Likely Did Not Know, About the “Pledge of Allegiance”

I thought I knew the (rather complicated) history of the “Pledge of Allegiance” well — until I saw this picture. This was the original “flag salute” pose American students were taught to use, nationwide, until World War II was well … Continue reading

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“Strong Grape Juice”

My earliest memory of a church service involves a trip to visit relatives, and I started discovering how different from others I was at a very young age. This is one of the episodes which played a major role in … Continue reading

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The Story of the Void, Chapter Two

For chapter one: https://robertlovespi.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/the-story-of-the-void-chapter-one/ * * * Richard had no way to know how long he’d been flat on his back, in a bed, in a dark, locked, otherwise-empty room. He was angered when the lights came on. They were … Continue reading

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