This is well outside my norm, but I’m up for a little controversy today. Here you go (it’s a two-parter):
The floor is open to serious, whimsical and even sarcastic responses.
While I do not need more ‘proof’ that coffee is good and not, as one friend calls it, ‘the devil’s urine’; this article in Yahoo’s food page offered pleasant support to an already pleasing endeavour. Although, I must say that I have a slight issue with number 4: ‘[Coffee] can harbor bacteria.’ (Keep in mind, this article is about facts and not benefits; the two can be quite different).
My issue here is that, in light of what the ‘fact’ states, bacterial growth is not necessarily the fault of coffee; the fault in this case lies with those who fail to clean out their coffee makers. (Heaven forbid that I suggest humans need to own up to the problems they cause and not assign blame elsewhere). Moreover, the propensity for bacterial growth is not something exclusively inherent to coffee; nearly any (if not all) food stuff has the potential of becoming the host for a bacterial Glastonbury. Thus, there is no real (or even good) reason to single out coffee in this way. Shame.
Now, time for more coffee.
Umm . . . sorry. Don’t really know what to tell you. Maybe, get a different/better phone? Exercise a little patience and check out the page when you are on a computer/laptop?
. . . Why wou- . . . what were you thi- . . . can I slap y- . . . do you want your kids laughed at, or beat up?
[wanders off into the next room to slam his head against the wall]
YahooTravel supplies us with a captivating look at ‘10 lost cities of the world‘. Forbes.com runs the same story but adds five cities to the list. These sorts of categorisations make me laugh primarily because such places are not lost; they’re found, and have been so for quite some time. If these cities were truly lost, we would not be reading about it on Yahoo or Forbes . . . or anywhere else, for that matter. Why? Because they would be lost–i.e. unseen by us. ‘Lost cities’? Give me a break; the Yahoo and Forbes writers aren’t fooling anyone (I hope).
Despite the misnomer, one thing about the pictures is unmistakable: the ancients were incredible in their skill.
 What I found interesting was that the above headline is what the article says, but the header in the internet window reads: ’10 Cities of the Lost World,’ which carries a different meaning.
The empirically sustained, infallible guides of human existence (i.e. scientists) have once again brought us to an luscious oasis of historical fact: all human language seems to have a single origin. What an amazing find! Oh wait, I have a feeling that I’ve heard this story before . . . but I’m trying to remember where.
The ‘artwork’ mentioned in this story is quite impressive; the journalist’s attempt at being profound and dramatic, not so much. After a gander through the available photos, I failed to see how ‘unless you look really closely, you’ll miss him entirely’ could possibly be true.* Maybe I have a rare gift and I can spot easily what other people miss. Or maybe it’s the fact that the dude is not ‘truly invisible’ (as the writer suggests), and his shape and shadows give him away, and that his painted self disrupts the natural and seemless blend of colours in the background. You want to see someone do invisible or disappear from sight completely, try playing hide-and-seek with a US Marine Corps sniper or a team of US Navy SEALs.
* I’ll admit that one photo did take a couple extra seconds.