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Minks in Trouble! They’re Contracting COVID-19!

One of the worst cosmic jokes I can imagine would be to have died and then been reincarnated as a mink.

In addition to these adorable rodents being exploited and murdered so they could be made into coats for Blackglama’s “What Becomes a Legend Most?” ad campaign in the 20th century (please see my February 8 column), news now comes that they’re contracting COVID.

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Are Work Desks Really Disappearing? Mine Does, Daily

One of the admittedly minor but notable changes occurring in this period I’m calling our Grave New World is the gradual disappearance of the work desk.

For those of you who just fainted or began composing suicide notes in Haiku on your smartphones, please note I said the work desk, not the Help Desk, was in fade mode.

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Has the Pandemic Curbed Constant Whining?

The head of research for The Goldman State, Delve S. Presley, reports there have been two semi-positive things that have emerged from the pandemic:

1. When you wear a mask people can’t tell if you’re smirking.

2. Whining has been trimmed by at least 73 percent in the United States. Delve admits this is anecdotal, and largely confined to his immediate family.

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Legends Oughta Fall: Who’s Kidding Whom?

The word “legend” confused me as a schoolboy and I must confess there’s been little improvement in the ensuing years.

As a kid, I learned that Paul Bunyan and Davy Crockett, only one of whom was real, were “legends.” I was also taught that the part of a map explaining its various symbols and scale was called a “legend.”

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Children’s Rhymes for 2021: Darkness Falls

One of the admittedly minor but notable changes occurring in this period I’m calling our Grave New World is the gradual disappearance of the work desk.

For those of you who just fainted or began composing suicide notes in Haiku on your smartphones, please note I said the work desk, not the Help Desk, was in fade mode.

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Dogs, Diabetes and Upside-Down Houses

The dog days of winter are evidently upon me. Recently, a crossword clue about an “upward facing dog” led me to write about yoga poses. Today, a troubling study by Swedish scientists indicates that if your dog has diabetes, you may get it, too. Should I be concerned?

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