Archive for July 4th, 2009

Fireworks: America’s Worst Pastime*

*Arguably

One of the more frustrating aspects of life is when everyone seems to like a particular activity significantly more than you. For some people, this occurs with food. People respond with a mix of condescension, befuddlement, and downright anger toward a friend of mine who does not like chocolate: “How could you possibly not like the most delicious food on the planet?”

My chocolate is fireworks. Everybody loves fireworks. If you want to boost an otherwise boring activity’s appeal, just mention that there will be fireworks. 

—“What? You don’t like watching minor league baseball? But, there will be fireworks after the game!”
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The Sports Revolution: 1, 2, 3, 4…

Let me set the scene for you: It’s the Wimbledon semifinals, and, for once, the top four seeds on the women’s side have all resisted an upset. It’s set up for an—in practice—thrilling but—in theory—preposterous final two rounds, because the No. 1 player faces the one seeded third, while No. 2 plays No. 4.

Let me reset the scene for you: It’s the Wimbledon semifinals, and, for once, the top four seeds on the women’s side have all resisted an upset. It’s set up for a practically thrilling and theoretically sensible final two rounds, with the No. 1 player facing the fourth-ranked one, and No. 2 playing No. 3.

Now, I often ask a lot on behalf of my readers: a suspension of traditional thinking, a very creative imagination, the willingness to spend trillions of dollars to solve otherwise fickle problems.

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