AP's how-to-use-hyphens-wisely guide causes consternation among pedants

English is a glorious syncretic mess of a language, what you get when you blend together a bunch of mispronounced German, French and Latin words and then salt with the vernacular of a hundred other languages, without having to heed stern pronouncements from an official language academy. Read the rest

Great Moments in Pedantry: Fact-checking "Don't Fear the Reaper"

Valentine is done Here, but now they're gone Romeo and Juliet Are together in eternity (Romeo and Juliet) Forty-thousand men and women every day (Like Romeo and Juliet) Forty-thousand men and women every day (Redefine happiness) Another forty-thousand coming every day (We can be like they are) Come on, baby (Don't fear the reaper)

Yesterday, on the way to the airport, I heard this on the radio and thought, "Huh. I wonder if Blue Oyster Cult actually looked up the daily global death rate when they were writing this?" Read the rest

Meet the woman who keeps Walter White (scientifically) honest

The blue meth made by Walter White is bluer than any meth that could actually exist in real life — and other interesting things that you learn while talking to Breaking Bad's scientific advisor, University of Oklahoma chemistry professor Donna Nelson. Read the rest