So it goes


Kilby sent this to me asking whether Tralfamadorian is mainstream enough to be used here (leading to my question of what a “Tralfamadorian year” is)

(By the way, this post was actually supposed to go live before B.A.‘s question — but that’s easier said than done when you’ve lost track of days of the week. Maybe we’re all on Tralfamadorian time now)

And that led to whether Calvin and Hobbes had any business using “Weltanschauung” some years back.

And likewise the Washington Post’s recent use of a long German word (redundant, I know), without italics, which apparently both he and I noticed at the time although neither of us remembers what the word was.


His logic is pushing it



Even if he could figure out how to do fractions of a push-up each day, he’s still be up to just under 17 1/2 per day.

Wouldn’t it have made more sense — and not harmed the jokes at all — to start with one push-up a day and add on each day?

Or alternately, to start with one and double it each day until he (theoretically) ends up with something like 500 million a day?

(You know, something like this site’s current statistics, or the price of a loaf of bread in 1923 Germany?)