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Month: April, 2013

Just a Thought: Amtrak

by Jordy Greenblatt

I wish that, instead of executing Mussolini, his captors had forced him to run Amtrak. It’s not that I think the trains would finally run on time; it’s just that he was pretty awful and even having your lifeless body strung up and humiliatingly defaced by an angry mob in a city square isn’t quite as bad as spending every day having to deal with Amtrak.

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Just a Thought: Autocorrect

by Jordy Greenblatt

I know I’m not the first person to have issues with autocorrect, but there are two that are particularly troubling when it comes to dating; “np” (no problem) gets changed to “no” and (on occasion) “your” gets changed to “our.” Examples:


I’m running a few minutes late so just wait for me at the restaurant.

No!


I’m really excited about tonight. I can’t wait to meet our mother!

Just a Thought: Democracy

by Jordy Greenblatt

Generally, the more democratic sounding adjectives at the beginning of a country’s name, the less democratic the country. For instance the People’s Republic of China (2 adjectives) is a one party state, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (2 adjectives) has constant issues with corruption and human rights violations, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (3 adjectives) is widely considered the least democratic country in the world. Evidently the people responsible for naming countries have a habit of vastly overcompensating for their insecurities. On the other side, the United Kingdom is so secure in its democracy that it calls itself a kingdom without so much a blush.

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