18h34 UTC; MONDAY, 10 NOVEMBER 2014: Is it just me, or could it be possible for the emerging Major Winter Storm and Cold Spell to be one with Divine Wrath and Judgment Upon Thy Dear and Lovely Nation for the outcome of Indecision 2014, and the influence of voter-suppression tactics in the (howbeit incredulous) name and stylee of "electoral purity and integrity" which seeks a return to the Exclusive and Natural Restriction of Electoral Franchise to White, Male, Bible-Believing Christian, Freeholders?



"Make it idiot-proof, and someone will only make a better idiot" is how the bumper-sticker and T-shirt expression hath it. And it could perhaps be a reflection on why parents of especially younger children persist in using pod-based laundry detergents as may be especially attractive to der Kinder by virtue of looking too much like candy, with consequences as can include sickness, breathing difficulties and at least one death on record. That, and calls to Poison Control Centers vis-à-vis ingestion of laundry pods averaging one per hour over all of last year, as per a newly-released study in the professional journal Pediatrics as came out today.

Yet, despite packaging changes and warnings in advertising that parents keep such away from children, this same study urges parents to reconsider using laundry pods if they have young children, curiosity being what it is in the young and exceptionally-impressionable.



So what exactly is wrong with President Obama's having a 46% public-approval rating in public-opinion surveys of late? At least it's better than that of Congress, which manages only a 19% approval rating.



If ever there was anything more apropos for this the 45th anniversary of Sesame Street debuting on public television, it would have to be this rather bemusing video off Sesame Street's YouTube channel as illustrates, by example, the differences between American and British English--as in the fact of "cookies" in Peoria being "biscuits" in Wigan.

Still, though, such that Cookie Monster ate should more correctly be considered "sweet biscuits" for the most part. "Savoury biscuits" would be more along the lines of American snack crackers like Ritz, Triscuit, Wheat Thins, Sociables, Vegetable Thins or Chicken in a Biscuit.

There's also "digestive biscuits," which are British cousins of the Graham cracker, but are slightly harder in Wigan than in Peoria; the name itself suggests that such, being made of whole-grain wheat, are beneficial to the digestive system. As for the American namesake, Rev. Sylvester W. Graham (1794-1851) was an early advocate of dietary reform generally, particularly when it came to whole grains ("wholemeal" being the Wigan version).

And "crispbread" is what our Wigan cousins would call crackers designed to replace bread at meals (e.g., toast rusks, breadsticks, Melba toast, saltine crackers, pilot biscuits, cream crackers, Bath Olivers and rye crackers such as Ryvita, Ry-Krisp, Wasa, Kavli and similar).

Now you know. (Incidentally, Peoria and Wigan were chosen to represent such specimens of oddly-named cities trans-Atlantic as are the staple of comedy punchlines representing narrow-minded provincialism. In the case of the latter, George Orwell's The Road to Wigan Pier [1934] is perhaps an underappreciated classic when it comes to depicting working-class British mindsets and lifestyles between the two World Wars with candor and honesty.)

So till next time, folks: "73"
(Which, incidentally, was railroad telegraphers' shorthand for "goodbye.")


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