The word "awful" used to mean a positive thing ("worthy of awe").

Barry Manilow's hit song "Mandy" was originally titled "Brandy," but Looking Glass' song "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" hit the airwaves first (1972), prompting Manilow to change the name.

According to BBC, Hong Kong is the city with the most Rolls-Royces per capita.

The number of drug offenders in jail in the U.S. went from fewer than 50,000 in 1980 to more than 500,000 in 2012, but that still leaves more than 2 million people who sell drugs at least occasionally, according to Peter H. Reuter, a criminologist at the University of Maryland.

In 1950, the annual per capita consumption of cigarettes by U.S. adults age 18 and older was 3,522.


letters at 3am

  • The Future Dot-Dot-Dot

    Ellipses express exactly my sense of the future

    Thu., Oct. 16, 2014

  • A Long Goodbye

    In the first of four parting columns, Michael Ventura announces his decision to end his bieweekly column

    Thu., Oct. 2, 2014

  • Joe Ely's Reverb: An Odyssey

    The road goes on forever, and there's never a destination

    Thu., Sept. 18, 2014

day trips

  • October 23, 2014

    Texas Botanical Gardens re-creates a slice of the Texas Hill Country in downtown Goldthwaite. The converted block on the...
  • October 16, 2014

    Crime and punishment in Central Texas
  • October 9, 2014

    Waco zoo has unexpected visitors

gay place

the good eye


  • October 16, 2014

    We're halfway through the Texas Longhorns season, and the team now stands at 2-4. You could make the argument that...
  • October 9, 2014

    It's Texas-Oklahoma week once again, and the Longhorns, firmly entrenched in a rebuild, might be the least entertaining major program...
  • October 2, 2014

    The Texas head coaching search ostensibly began in 2012 with the focus on two names. Charlie Strong wasn't one...

the common law

the luv doc

  • Something Vaguely Comprehensible

    Sometimes what you believe to be your strength is actually a weakness

    Wed., Oct. 22, 2014

  • To Tell The Truth

    If your GF actually cared what you thought, she would have asked you before she bought that dress

    Wed., Oct. 15, 2014