Tag Archives: George Carlin

Irony vs Coincidence

It seems I’m encountering people every other day who use ‘irony’ when they mean ‘coincidence.’ One of the best explanations of the distinction between these two words I ever read is by George Carlin in his 1998 book, Brain Droppings: Irony deals with opposites; it has nothing to do with coincidence. If two baseball players […]

Erotic Banana-Eating

Good morning, Internet world. I thought I’d start the day off with a family-friendly post. China bans ‘erotic’ banana-eating live streams: Chinese live-streaming services have banned people filming themselves eating bananas in a “seductive” fashion. New regulations mean that live-streaming sites must monitor all their output round-the-clock to ensure nothing untoward is going on, keeping […]

This is why we can’t have nice things

The Verge: As gas prices fall, Americans are buying thirstier cars: Americans really like their SUVs. The problem is that trucks and SUVs cost more money to fill the tank than small, more fuel-efficient cars. As gas prices rise, vehicle buyers have a powerful incentive to value fuel efficiency higher. That’s partly why the fuel […]