Thursday, March 14, 2019
1:52 pm pdt
Friday, February 22, 2019
8:47 am pst
Friday, February 1, 2019
1:06 pm pst
Ton of Money!
A local car dealership is advertising that they will save their customers a "ton of
money." Granted, they are more than likely using "ton" as the trite Cliché that it is, and not literally meaning an actual "ton" (2,000 pounds US).
However, they are advertising it, and that means they could be taken literally, and some customer could, in
theory, sue them for their ton of money.
But how much is a ton of money? What denomination of money weighs the most,
and therefore would be the least amount of money in a ton, and what weighs the least, and therefore would be the most?
To get our answers, we went to the Internet, and our trusty calculator.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
10:04 am pst
From the Tomb
"A newspaper has its faults, and plenty of them, but no matter, it's hark from the tomb for a dead nation, and
don't you forget it." (Mark Twain, in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court)
"Hark from the tomb"
is a phrase originally from the hymn "Hark! from the Tombs a Doleful Sound" by Isaac Watts (1674-1748), first published
in 1707. It was sung at the funeral of George Washington.
"Hark! from the tombs a doleful sound; / My ears, attend the cry; / 'Ye living men, come view the ground / Where you must shortly lie.'"
was fond of this term, using it several novels. Basically, it means "to scold vigorously."
(Delmobile) Here, to paraphrase Twain, even though the media has its faults, without it, we're screwed...
and don't you forget it.
Delmobile. "Hark from the Tomb."
UE. UsingEnglish.Com (30 Dec. 2007): n. pag.
Web. 30 Jan. 2019 https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/threads/56902-Hark-from-the-tomb
Watts, Isaac. "Hark! from the Tombs a Doleful Sound." Music
by William Tans'ur. Hymn Time. Hymtime.com. (2019): n. pag.
Web. 30 Jan. 2019 http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/h/f/t/hfttados.htm
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
7:40 am pst
sure. We've all heard people say they're going to give "110% percent." But why stop there? It's
a nonsense number to begin with. The most anybody can give is 100%, so any amount over that is just... silly.
You go ahead and give 110%, but we're going to give 115%, and if that's not good enough, we'll give 120!