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On the Lighter Side

Things People Say: Tiresome Cliche Edition

Platitudes are irritating as a general rule, but some are just so bad, they deserve their own feature. Here’s a sampling of the best. I mean, the worst. 1. “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence/You always want whatever you can’t have.” Sorry, but no. This is not only overly simplistic; it’s inaccurate. If I want something, I desire it based on its perceived benefit to me, not on its relative scarcity. I can think of many,  ...

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10 Things That Make No Sense

1. Decaf coffee. Normally in my house we don’t say the d-word, but decaf really doesn’t make any sense, people. It’s all about the caffeine. And the flavor. And without caffeine, no flavor. If you just want a hot beverage vaguely reminiscent of coffee, drink chicory. Or Cafix. Or, whatever, heat up your old used dishwater. It all tastes about the same. 2. Fast-talking disclaimers. “New, Amazing, Limited Time  ...

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The College Student’s 23rd Psalm

The syllabus is my taskmaster, I shall not relax. It maketh me to stay up late writing papers, It leadeth me to the library on weekends It tireth my brain. It causeth me to stress out over my professor’s grading scale for my GPA’s sake. Yea when I walk through the shadow of midterms and finals I find no relief, for deadlines loom over me. Time goeth too slowly when I am in class and too quickly once I get out of it; My assignments never endeth. Surely stress and procrastination shall follow  ...

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Coffee ABC’s

Disclaimer: Okay, I admit it — this piece is old and has made the rounds among friends, family, and fellow coffee lovers quite a few times since it was first written. But still, I think it belongs here. If I were to rewrite this now, I would probably change a few things (like Z, for instance!), but I know this is a classic, so I’ve added edits instead of redoing the original. Enjoy… A is for Arabica, finely roasted. B is for Bunn–the best and fastest coffeemaker I know of.  ...

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