The Gruesome History of Paying Through the Nose

Have you ever wondered where a saying like this comes from? Or why would anyone even cut off their nose, unless it was for medical reasons? The Old World was full of people whose noses had been cut off. A …

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You’ve Been Gored

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You’ve been gored. That’s the new buzzword in the state of Georgia. You have been gored. Being gored has nothing to do with bull fighting, rhino horns, elephant tusks, warthog tusks, or even vampire fangs. So who gores you in …

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The Dumbing of America

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Like many writers, I have a day job. The schools had closed for a holiday and the boss brought her daughter and friend to work, rather than leaving them unattended at home. These two girls were fourteenish, and I was …

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Cuban Boat People

Playboy featured an interview with Fidel Castro in the November 2012 issue, and it got me to thinking about the Cuban refugees and what they went through to get out of Communist Cuba. Some of them slid out under the …

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Where’s My Piece of the Mail Fraud Settlement?

Recently I wrote Remembering the Mark Eden Bust Developer about a device that I’d purchased back in the late 1970s. Curious as to whether the product was still on the market, and whether it had actually benefitted women, I went …

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