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Cream of the Cool

A while back, Haiti damn near sank into the ocean due to some terrible earthquakes. Maybe you remember this. Maybe not. Bad things are always happening to far away strangers.

A young Marine freshly discharged from active duty realized that the same old shit was going to happen there, with a lumbering machine struggling to keep up with the reality of what was actually happening. So, feeling an obligation to go out and use his skills, collected donations and went to Haiti to help.

This…

The World Passport is an alleged travel document issued by a non-governmental entity called the World Service Authority (WSA), which is the administrative arm of the World Government of World Citizens, to persons who are, in theory, advocates of free global travel and world government. It is one of several official-looking documents issued to people who either perceive statelessness as a desirable condition (but in practice find it to be a huge bother) or to people who have exhausted…


English has a fair number of words that come to us by way of the Scandinavian languages. Many of these came to us during the periods of colonization of eastern and northern England by various Northern interlopers, primarily between the years of 793 and 954. In all the hullabaloo, and given the lack of written English documents from this time period, it is difficult to tell what language to credit a word to; for example, the word 'skip' has close cognates in Old Norse, Middle Swedish, and…

Intermittent apperceptive agnosia, eleven syllables slide off the tongue with the deceptive effortlessness of too-frequent explanation. It's a brain thing, a white matter thing, a near cousin of migraines and epilepsy, but mutually inclusive with neither. It's not an eyeballs thing, not an optic nerve or retina thing. The pupils dilate. They trace movement that the brain doesn't communicate to my conscious awareness. They focus. They navigate upward for something approximating eye contact but not…