The NYTimes has an article on its ‘Science’ pages today that refers to something we in Bavaria (if in any way connected to school) are thinking about at the moment: vacations. To be more precise, it is about ten things we needn’t worry about when on vacation: 10 Things to Scratch From Your Worry List, assembled and explained by John Tierney.
I approached the article in a kind of relaxed anticipation of amusement. But although there are some amusing points as well (#9. The universe’s missing mass; and #10. Unmarked wormholes), as I went from one point to the next, my sense of amusement somehow …

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On her intriguing blog “never enough homework”, Mrs. H. recently posted a find in the web magazine Slate where author Robert Pinsky undertakes the task of answering sundry questions that people have about poems (“Why don’t modern poems rhyme etc.”). In that same post, Mrs. H. hinted at having a couple of questions on short stories that nobody had ever answered before. Feeling encouraged by how Robert Pinsky went about his task of answering questions on poems, I boldly claimed …

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