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John Kelly's Commons: February 8, 2009 - February 14, 2009

VD on Valentine's Day: A Gift That Keeps on Giving

Is there a better way to spend Valentine's Day than attending a lecture on the history of syphilis in the United States? I didn't think so, and neither did Ric Loll and Katherine Matthews, a married couple from Silver...

By John Kelly  |  February 14, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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BritNews RoundUp: Kids Today? Sheesh

During our family's year in England we became familiar with a species known as Adolescentus Brittanicus: the British teenager. They don't all chug cider and vomit on sidewalks, or dress in hooded sweatshirts and gather menacingly outside the chip shop,...

By John Kelly  |  February 13, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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The Metro Bird Lives

In my column on Monday I wrote about a bird that's been living in the Forest Glen Metro station for the last month. The bird was actually two birds, Metro told me, and they were euthanized last week. So imagine...

By John Kelly  |  February 13, 2009; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Love at First Sight: The Tony and Julia Files

Would my column today have worked without the letters? No, or not nearly as well. It was the fact that Julia Yankowski had saved the letters Tony Senerchia wrote her when they were both in grade school that made the...

By John Kelly  |  February 12, 2009; 8:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Tap Into the Future: Pick Spinal Tap's New Drummer

Lost amid all the hubbub over our collapsing economy was the news that Spinal Tap is releasing its first new album in 16 years. Harry Shearer, bass player for the heavy metal mockers, told BBC radio that the band...

By John Kelly  |  February 11, 2009; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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The Latest Flame: Why Candles Should Be Banned

Those of us with a morbid fear of fire have a lot to think about in the news these days. Wildfires in Australia have killed close to 200 and still threaten lives. Meanwhile, a huge luxury hotel under construction in...

By John Kelly  |  February 10, 2009; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Oh Say, Can You Spell? (Probably Not)

I consider myself a pretty good speller, at least compared to the imbeciles who frequent CraigsList. Have you ever seen a listing there that didn't include at least one misspelled word? I often look at drums for sale on CraigsList,...

By John Kelly  |  February 8, 2009; 8:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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