Category Archives: Sundries

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A Bureaucratic Absurdity

From time to time, one hears the time to wait for a delivery or answer expressed in “business hours.” What? A nurse recently said, “You will receive the test results in 48 to 72 business hours.” Does this mean two to three days or six to nine days? The latter if one assumes that a “business day” is eight hours. Read More


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Do Not Put Premium Gas in your Chevy Sonic

The American Automobile Association (AAA) recently studied gas-buying behavior of U.S. motorists, finding that more than 7% of us (16 million out of approximately 210 million) use premium gas when our cars don’t need it. It has been known for decades that putting premium gas (90+ octane) in cars designed for regular (87+ octane) has no effect on performance, gas Read More


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Whitman’s Sampler — with Tartrazine

A few days ago, the family member’s face and tongue mysteriously swelled up to an alarming degree. We knew it was tartrazine, but could not figure out what she ate that had yellow dye in it. After exhaustive examination of everything she had eaten, we looked on the Whitman’s Sampler box I had bought. There it was; along with Red Read More


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Windows 10 Catastrophe?

Is Microsoft trying to push you into Windows 10, whether you want to go there or not? They have a new trick, starting the upgrade when your back is turned. You sit down at your computer and you find that the upgrade to Windows 10 is in full swing, with a message that says, “Do not unplug or turn off Read More