Month: April 2014



Here’s a decent article from Lew Rockwell earlier this week: Wine Etiquette Gone Horribly Wrong. It’s not as good as the title implies, and, indeed, I think only a borderline wine snob would really like it, but I’m a bit strapped for time today so it’ll have to serve for this week’s BYCU.

Excerpt: I had an old couple come into a 3 star restaurant I worked in. They had a ’57 Lafite in a plastic bag, from the year they were married and wanted to drink it. Of course we said it was OK and I opened and decanted it. It was very low in the neck and tasted of vinegar. They loved it! Sentimental value. They drank all of it and left happy. 2 hours later they rang saying that they were feeling unwell and thought they had food poisoning! Ronan Saybourn, Master Sommelier.Read the rest


A Kansas man on trial for first-degree murder wants to remove a tattoo across his neck reading “murder” because he’s worried it might prejudice the jury. Though he might be able to create reasonable doubt by just adding a question mark.

China’s state media has announced that its “Cleaning the Web” Campaign has successfully shut down 110 porn websites. That’s like New York City announcing that their “Cleaning the Subway” campaign has successfully exterminated one rat.

The Detroit Metropolitan Airport has unveiled indoor patches of grass that serve as toilets for service dogs. And the New York subway continues to offer hundreds of square miles of tile that serve as toilets for everybody.… Read the rest

Funny Quotes

Random Quotes

“When Mr. Wilbur calls his play Halfway to Hell he underestimates the distance.” Brooks Atkinson


Oscar Levant to an obnoxious acquaintance: “I’m going to memorize your name and throw my head away.”


“No doubt Jack the Ripper excused himself on grounds that it was human nature.” A.A. Milne


“I have never met anyone who, when presented with more than four specials by a waiter, can recall the first two.” Joseph Epstein


“Aquinas teaches that every animal by simply existing is doing the will of God and pleasing him. That’s more than I can say for most people.” John Zmirak… Read the rest


The Christian Science Monitor is claiming “Hillary Clinton will be a tad less interested in running for president now that she’s about to be a grandmother.” And if you put a grain of sand in your pocket there’s a tad less sand on the beach.… Read the rest

GKC Wednesday

Background: When I was the editor of Gilbert Magazine, I was responsible for the “Tremendous Trifles” column. It was occasionally hard to find a sufficient amount of interesting GKC material to fill the page, so John Peterson sent me a file full of Chesterton ancedotes. They were idiosyncratic, historical, and Chestertonian. He gave me permission to use them here. I hope y’all find them as interesting as I have over the years. Most of them have never been published.

Chesterton Short(s)

(This one probably won’t help the old canonization cause)

In September of 1918, Chesterton attended an enthusiastic gathering of twenty-five British authors to discuss how literature could help the war effort. The meeting was convened by the head of War Propaganda, C.F.G. Masterman, and was also attended by (among others) Arthur Conan Doyle, Thomas Hardy, H.G. Wells, James Barrie, John Galsworthy, John Masefield, and John Buchan. The government proposed to subsidize patriotic books, pamphlets, articles and lectures by these writers. [Chisholm and Davie, Lord Beaverbrook, New York, 1993, p. 154]… Read the rest



The article I linked a few minutes ago has this great passage: “Paul Theroux notes that ‘During his famous experiment in his cabin at Walden, moralizing about his solitude, [Thoreau] did not mention that he brought his mother his dirty laundry and went on enjoying her apple pies.'”… Read the rest