Harpoons and Doubloons

You wouldn’t believe me if I told you, but we really did ride the torpedoes. It was inevitable for sure. You can’t invent something that rides the waves that fast and expect a man to stay off of it. No sir, you cannot. Whenever you talk about servicemen (and women) of any kind, you have …

Weird Christmas Songs

As far as weird Christmas songs go, some of the songs which receive the most radio play can be the weirdest. Look at the song “Baby It’s Cold Outside”. On the surface it can seem innocuous. Dig a little deeper and it sounds like somebody’s planning a felony. Not all weird Christmas songs are so …

Smog

Smog is a wonderful word. Not used nearly enough, I’d say. There are a number of personages in my life who have started using the term inversion. The people I know who use this word aren’t even meteorologists. Inversion is a meteorological term meaning the atmosphere is layered. Certain portions of the layers are warm, …

Earworms

If you’ve never heard the term “earworm”, chances are still high that you’ve encountered an earworm. The word earworm comes from the Germans, who have a good sense of the difference between pleasant music and noise. Just listen to Einsturzende Neubauten if you don’t believe me. Alright I’m joking, but the Germans do have that …

Music on the Mind

Every mind holds a different set of information. This is the beauty of diversity. If we all thought the same, retained the same factoids, collected homogeneous knowledge, or “danced to the same drum”, would life be worth living? The question is required because we’re not there. We don’t live in such a society. I can …