I very nearly died of it well before there were vaccines for it, and one of the things that surprised me about it was having childbirth-level pain everywhere. When it’s bad, seriously, you don’t want to go through that if you can avoid it and you don’t want to put anyone else through that.
I learned about that while running out for a quick trip to the store one Friday evening about thirty years ago and some very drunk guy came up behind me as I stood in the line, spouting pick-up lines at me. I guess he liked the length of my hair? I turned around to see who on earth was saying this stuff—and you should have seen his face when he saw my eight-months-pregnant belly. He sputtered and fled so fast. Best comeback I ever gave anyone and it was without a word and entirely unintentional.
Ah yes. So close. Thank you!
Lee Marvin: the original palimony case—where that word was invented, and the Six Million Dollar Man. (Right?)
We once saw scattered clothes across the freeway—and up ahead was an overturned car with the windows down and another car on the opposite side, nose in the barrier and stopped at a weird angle. Standing by the flipped car were four people holding a young baby as they waited for the first responders. Everybody had survived. Drive carefully, please.
Best facial expressions ever.
The Washington Post did a front-page article saying that there is actually plenty of wheat, plenty of food in the world still, but production and distribution are run by five big companies and they’re profiting highly off the fears of a shortage—which then creates a dire shortage for the poorest countries. They point out that the last time Somalia was this unable to afford bread, there was a coup.
Was it George Bernard Shaw who said, We’ve already established that, ma’am, now we’re just haggling about the price.
Indigo was discovered by finding that the leaves turned blue when animals marked their territory on it.
At my parents’ wedding, my mother’s brother thanked my father’s brother for saving his life. The former was going to be in the army attacking Japan. The latter was one of Oppenheimer’s men.