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

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

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?

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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It’s D-Day for V-Day: Some Last-Minute Cards

It’s D-Day for V-Day: Some Last-Minute Cards

It’s D-Day for V-Day: Some Last-Minute CardsHonoring an executed Holy Roman priest—with chocolateBy Ed Goldmanerhaps you’ve heard that Sunday is Valentine’s Day. I mean, it’s possible you missed some of the icky-poignant, senior-targeted,...

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Legends Oughta Fall: Who’s Kidding Whom?

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

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

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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11 Minutes a Day or 300 Minutes a Week: Exercise Your Option

11 Minutes a Day or 300 Minutes a Week: Exercise Your Option

Walking for just 11 minutes a day can help to mitigate the damage done by the hours we spend sitting on our bums.

‘ello! I wrote “bums,” not “buns.” The reason is because the new study was reported in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Its physician contributors do not, repeat, do not talk like this:

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