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The Great Summer Triangle Jul. 18, 2019


Week of July 21-27, 2019 Now that we in the Northern Hemisphere are firmly rooted in summertime, we ... Read More

Full Speed 'Ahead'! Jul. 17, 2019

The Word Guy

Some random dispatches from the Word Front ... — Off With Their "Aheads": When did "ahead of"... Read More

Space Age Lingo Is Still in Orbit Jul. 10, 2019

The Word Guy

As the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing blasts off, commentators will surely cite the spa... Read More

Saturn: Lord of the Rings Jul. 04, 2019


Week of July 7-13, 2019 It is often said that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, so if I were t... Read More

Winged Creatures Support Bar Cabinet Jun. 28, 2019

Antique or Junque

Q: This is a photo of a bar cabinet I purchased in St. Augustine, Florida. When opened, there are tw... Read More

Earth at Aphelion Jun. 27, 2019


Week of June 30-July 6, 2019 While you're enjoying the pool and soaking up some rays this summer, tr... Read More

Catching the Elusive Planet Mercury Jun. 20, 2019


Week of June 23-29, 2019 Mercury is one of those planets we rarely see. Unlike Venus, which can domi... Read More

Spring Turns to Summer Jun. 13, 2019


Week of June 16-22, 2019 A change of seasons is coming in just a few days. Officially, the summer s... Read More

Unzipping the Origin of 'Fly' May. 29, 2019

The Word Guy

Why is the opening on men's trousers called a "fly"? Before your speculation starts to soar too high... Read More

Make Friends with Vega May. 16, 2019


Week of May 19-25, 2019 Over my 40-year-plus career, I've read a lot of astronomy books. You may be ... Read More

La Superba After Dark May. 02, 2019


Week of May 5-11, 2019 Beginning stargazers are often disappointed because they cannot see the glori... Read More

Queen Berenice's Hair Apr. 18, 2019


Week of April 21-27, 2019 Modern astronomers recognize 88 constellations in the heavens. These cover... Read More

Origins Breathe Life Into Words Apr. 17, 2019

The Word Guy

Studying the origins of words can seem like an esoteric enterprise, relegated to nerdy scholars poki... Read More

Why Do We Have Etiquette? Feb. 24, 2019

Dear AnnieĀ®

Dear Annie: I'm wondering whether you could weigh in on a disagreement my wife and I have. As a daug... Read More

Grumpy Halloween Oct. 27, 2018

Katiedid Langrock

Halloween doesn't just happen on Oct. 31 anymore. In my town, we have a monster parade that marches ... Read More

(Really) Old-Fashioned Fun Jun. 14, 2018

Lenore Skenazy

What's as old as summer? These games. The good ones. Do your kids know them? —Hopscotch. If yo... Read More

Holiday Gift Idea: Spa in a Jar Dec. 21, 2016

Everyday Cheapskate

If you are familiar with a wonderful yet pricey personal care product called Salt Rub by Origins, yo... Read More