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Skepchick Quickies 9.27

Amanda

Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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  1. In high school and college, my nitwit buddies and I (I was definitely a nitwit too) would pad shovel and axe handles with foam pipe insulation and duct tape. Armed with these “swords,” we would then chase each other around campus having “battles.”

    I finally understand all these years later what we were really doing.

    (For the record, my weapon of choice was a huge, two-handed “claymore”. Clearly I was compensating.)

  2. And as several comments at the original article pointed out, just what the hell was up with that metaphor, even beyond it being inane? Were we supposed to think, “Carrots and donuts, what a great combination?” You’d be hard-pressed to come up with a more awkward combination–instead, most people would rather have two carrots or a couple donuts. (Someone even suggested a better one–mozzarella sticks and onion rings. At least that would lead into lines about getting a ‘whole appetizer platter’ or something.)

  3. Doughnuts have a surprisingly diverse, um, morphology; there are cruellers* and tiger tails** and jelly sticks***.

    Methinks the xtian hath his knickers in a twist.

    * In some places more, cough, rustic than the northeast, these are known as twists.

    ** Cake doughnut strips, one chocolate, one plain, presented as a yummy helix.

    *** Freud-inspired cigar-shaped cake doughnuts filled with jelly. I have no seen such filled with cream or custard. I imagine one has to draw the line somewhere.

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