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erik: December 2007 Archives

booksmall.jpgI'm doing a (I believe) pre-recorded interview with Sean Moncrieff today, for later airing. Will post later with further details.

missingleg.gifProbably one of the best quotes from a news story in quite a while.


booksmall.jpgI will be interviewed this morning at 9:00 AM EST on WKBN 570 out of Youngstown, Ohio by Rob Mangino. It will be a short discussion about "Infernal Device" and various torture devices. You may listen live here.
So the story is that mankind's genes have been changing at a breakneck (historically speaking) pace, and that quite a few useful adaptations have sprung forth - and at least one adaptation of dubious usefulness:
For example, Africans have new genes providing resistance to malaria. In Europeans, there is a gene that makes them better able to digest milk as adults. In Asians, there is a gene that makes ear wax more dry.
earwiz.jpg The only advantage of drier ear wax I can come up with is that it is ultimately easier to clean off the ear buds of iPods and Bluetooth headsets. Wonder what that means?
booksmall.jpgAn interview with my publisher has been posted at Disinformation's webpage. We talk a little about the process of creating Infernal Device, as well as some of the more infamous and horrible devices; the readers' favorite and my favorites. Near the end, we discuss some of the more bizarre emails I've received over the years.
moHAMmad.jpgIn actuality, the 'victim' shrugged it off and laughed -
"I just thought it was funny," Shapiro, who described herself as an unobservant Jew, told the New York Post. "I wasn't offended in any way. I just thought, here's somebody who knows nothing about what Jews eat."
There's a life lesson in there somewhere.
Two days after naming its mascot "PorkChop," the Philadelphia Phillies' new Triple-A affiliate abruptly dropped the moniker after receiving complaints from Hispanics that it was offensive.
porkspan.jpgGeez, let's hope these guys don't find out about Spic and Span.

Japanese researchers pitted young chimps against human adults in two tests of short-term memory, and overall, the chimps won.

chimp.jpgNot only are chim-pahn-zees better at chewing off noses and human genitals, they also possess a better short-term memory, at least according to this study. Don't be stingy with the chimp-chow.