My Blah Blah Blog - Archive for July, 2009

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Oliver The Great

Our golden retriever, Oliver, is turning three next week, and I’ve been thinking that the dog has matured beautifully. It’s not just his body, which is no longer gangly but sleek and muscular. It’s his behavior. Oliver is much calmer these days, only demanding to play at 4 a.m. twice a week, …

Mammoth Cheese Ball

Today is a day of great historical significance. I know what you’re all thinking: footprints in moon dust. Well, July 20th got famous long before 1969. Let’s take a look at a certain wacky business that took place in Massachusetts in 1801. In what some might describe as an act of collective …

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Wall Of Gum

I’ve just learned that chewing gum is against the law in Singapore. No wonder my friends who lived there moved back to Des Moines. Apparently the law was enacted in 1992 due to ‘incorrect disposal’ of dead gum: citizens stuck it under restaurant tabletops one too many times. We need no such …

Nudes In The News

It started a few weeks ago when one of the world’s most famous women took her clothes off publicly: the nude version of the Mona Lisa was discovered, closeted in some guy’s (really old) library. Since then, there’s been a rash of worldwide nude activity. First, there was that Nude Bicycling Day. …