Monthly Archives: May 2015

The Long and Short of It

Since 1900 the average height of a major-league shortstop has shot up nearly 4 inches, from 5-feet, 8 ½ inches to 6 feet. My wife, the inimitable Bobster, noting such big guys as Ripken, Jeter, and A-Rod, suggested I look … Continue reading

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We Offer a Toast to Thales, Philosophy, and Peace

In the early evening of May 28, 585 BC, two warring tribes, the Lydians and the Medes, were fighting in what is now western Turkey. Suddenly, the sun began disappearing from the sky. Within seconds darkness ensued—a solar eclipse. The … Continue reading

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