Articles Posted in the Off The Wall Category

  • Got guacamole?

    Are you eating more guacamole now than you did 15 years ago? As it turns out, back in the good old 1990s avocado was not a common ingredient in salads and sandwiches, and guacamole was…

  • Ingenious use of fragrance

    From before the time of Pliny the Elder to now fragrance has taken on a dizzying array of uses. They’re in room and car air fresheners, in candles, in sprays for athletes’ shoes and bags…

  • The brouhaha over online customer reviews

    Ah the online review. It brings immediate feedback from happy customers. And wouldn’t it be nice if the unhappy ones would just quietly go away into the night. But latest news from the world of…

  • Procrastination may be good for you

    “Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday and avoiding today,” says Wayne Dyer. For anyone who looks around, the subject of procrastination is fodder for humor, preaching and philosophizing galore. Perhaps this is…

  • You Have Two Cows

    Image by CHRISSPdotCOM via Flickr SOCIALISM You have 2 cows. You give one to your neighbour. COMMUNISM You have 2 cows. The State takes both and gives you some milk. FASCISM You have 2 cows.…

  • Water wants to be respected

    Can you identify the taste of water? Scientific wisdom claims that you can’t really, even if you think you can. Why? Because pleasant tasting water is water that tastes like spit. Your spit. And it…

  • Creativity and the art of changing light bulbs

    Every so often, along comes some new and brilliant insight into the inner workings of creativity. We all say “Hmm,” or something like that and probably repeat it in the next round of party conversations.…

  • iPhones and cat videos are powered by gas

    Okay, so you read that headline and said, Wait a minute, cats and iPhones don’t use gas. And you would be right – and wrong. Well, not according to us but according to Exxon Mobile’s…

  • New York City Mayor Bloomberg: Govt has right to ‘infringe on your freedom’

    “I do think there are certain times we should infringe on your freedom,” Sometimes government does know best. And in those cases, Americans should just cede their rights.  Mr. Bloomberg said, during an appearance on NBC. Read more: http://p.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/mar/25/nyc-mayor-bloomberg-government-has-right-infringe-/#ixzz2OaLlMB4s UPDATE Study:…

  • When cows replace sheep

    In the scientific community, conventional wisdom says that the waste output of a single cow is equivalent to the waste output of 14 humans. Okay, we’ll resist the temptation to descend into bovine male jokes…