The Telegraph celebrates the recently departed Clement Freud (writer, grandson of Sigmund, chef, politician, broadcaster) with this clip of the delightful old codger telling "the funniest joke ever told." I laughed aloud — and I loved his Grimble kids' books, which were weird, subversive and funny in just this way.
It was late in the evening and Penn Powell was crossing a bridge on his way home from Fort St. John to Hudson's Hope, British Columbia when he spotted a beaver in front of his car. He slammed on the brakes but the car went right over the animal. Did he kill it? "Well, I… READ THE REST
In the New Yorker, Eli Grober rewrote the opening sentences of iconic novels to make them reflect the (sur)reality of today. Here are a few of my favorites: "A Tale of Two Cities," by Charles Dickens "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. But, mostly, it was the worst of… READ THE REST
The New Yorker went into the depths of Dell to understand the tech history that resulted in an iconic pandemic moment when a live-streamed lawyer became a cat in court. READ THE REST
Did you know that 2020 was a surprisingly good year for tablet sales? After several years of stagnant growth and losing business to the creep of incrementally bigger smartphones, the tablet market saw a pretty serious explosion during the pandemic. In fact, tablet sales were up almost 14 percent in 2020. If you're in the market… READ THE REST
As we continue in our technological march toward Rosie the Robot, we quietly reached a major milestone in that revolution in just the last few years. We've been manufacturing robots to handle all kinds of household tasks for a while now. We have vacuuming robots, for instance. We also have mopping robots. But until recently,… READ THE REST
Everybody's looking for that utterly unique piece of home decor. It's the item that every visitor you invite into your house will likely remember long after they leave. If your guests stare and start asking questions about it, you know you're on the right track. If you've got an eccentric streak, that item is probably… READ THE REST